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‘Triple Talaq Bill’ introduced in India's Lok Sabha

The Protection of Rights on Marriages Bill 2017, popularly known as the "Muslim Women Bill", was introduced in the Indian Lok Sabha, today. The bill aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women by prohibiting 'triple talaq' or ‘instant divorce’. Introducing the bill, the Indian Minister of Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the bill has nothing to do with worship and belief of any religion, but relates to justice and dignity of Muslim women.


Medical evacuations begin from besieged Syrian rebel bastion

Medical evacuations have begun in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. In a tweet, The Red Cross has said that "critical" patients were being moved from the eastern Ghouta area, to the capital. There are more than 130 children needing urgent medical treatment. Nearly 12 percent of the children in Eastern Ghouta are suffering from acute malnutrition.

China and Pakistan have agreed to step up cooperation

China and Pakistan have agreed to step up cooperation with Afghanistan amid the country's deteriorating security situation. On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, Salahuddin Rabbani and Khawaja Muhammad Asif. Wang said they agreed to strengthen cooperation in peace negotiations, national rebuilding and other issues.

North Korea missile developers hit by US sanctions

The US has placed sanctions on two North Korean officials it says have led the development of nuclear missiles. The US treasury named the two men as Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol, and said both were "key leaders" of North Korea's ballistic missile programme.


First ever hybrid bird species from the Amazon, discovered

Scientists have discovered the first known hybrid bird species to be found in the Amazon Rainforest. It is a golden-crowned Manakin with yellow feathers. A hybrid species forms when two parental species mate to produce a hybrid population, which then stops being able to interbreed with the parental species. In this case the two parents are; the Snow-Capped Manakin, named for its bright snowy-white crown feathers and the Opal-Crowned Manakin, named for its brilliant iridescent crown feathers. While hybrid plant species are very common, hybrid species among vertebrates are exceedingly rare.

Japanese Foreign Minister meets with Israeli, Palestinian leaders

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited Jerusalem and the West Bank to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he said that Japan hopes to improve them further. Kono later met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Russian presidential election: Alexei Navalny barred from competing

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from competing in next year's presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has said Mr Navalny was ineligible because of a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated.He has urged his supporters to boycott the March vote.Mr Navalny, 41, was widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging President Vladimir Putin.

Pope Francis pleads for migrants during Christmas Midnight Mass

Pope Francis, celebrating Christmas Midnight Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, has urged Roman Catholics not to ignore the plight of millions of migrants driven from their land. His Holiness compared them to Mary and Joseph, recounting the Biblical story of how they travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but found no place to stay. The 81-year-old Argentine pontiff, who himself is the grandson of Italian migrants, said "so many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary". Many migrants, he said, were being forced to flee from leaders who see no problem in shedding innocent blood. The pontiff has made 'defence of migrants around the world' a major theme of his papacy. The number of refugees worldwide exceeds 22 million, with the latest cross-border influx being the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills 180 on Mindanao


More than 180 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders. Tembin, with winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, has passed across Mindanao and reached the resort islands of Palawan, and will now move further west.

US woman delivers baby from embryo frozen for 24 years

An American woman has given birth to a healthy baby girl from an embryo that was frozen a quarter century ago. The baby, named Emma Wren Gibson, was born on the 25th of November 2017. According to the US National Embryo Donation Center in Tennessee which revealed the birth announcement this week, the embryo was conceived by another couple and frozen on the 14th of October 1992. Notably, Tina Gibson, the woman who just gave birth to the baby was born in 1991.


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