International Headlines

Apr 27: Arrests in Hong Kong

Two pro-independence lawmakers in Hong Kong have been detained, allegedly for unlawful assembly. Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung were apparently arrested in connection with their attempt to enter into the Legco in November last year after they had been barred entry to retake their oaths as lawmakers, and are known to have displayed a flag with the slogan “Hong Kong is Not China”.

Apr 25: Loophole Closed

A law protecting rapists in Jordan from punishment if they married their victims is to be scrapped after years of campaigning by activists including women’s groups as well as Muslim and Christian scholars. The Cabinet has revoked the law by which rapists could avoid jail in return for marrying their victim for at least three years. The law’s supporters claimed it protected a victim's honour and reputation.

Apr 24: Conservationist Shot

Conservationist Kuki Gallmann, 73, has been shot and injured at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy, her conservation park in central Kenya. She is the author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa. Her luxury safari lodge was burnt down last month – cattle herders are suspected, they have been in conflict with landowners and the police, invading private property in search of grazing in the drought-stricken region.

Apr 21: Paris Shooting

A shooting on the Champs Elysee in central Paris, the capital of France, has left one policeman dead and two others wounded. Their suspected attacker, a lone gunman, was killed by security forces as he tried to flee the scene. An anti-terrorist investigation has been launched.

Apr 20: Close Encounter

Asteroid 2014 JO25, an asteroid the size of the Rock of Gibraltar, has just passed by Earth at a distance of only 1.8 million km (1.1 million miles) – the closest big asteroid since 2004. The next known similar event will occur in 2027 when the half-mile-wide asteroid 1999 AN10 will fly by at about 380,000 km (236,000 miles).

Apr 19: Snap Election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she plans to call a snap general election on 8 June despite having promised not to call an election before 2020. Europe has made it clear this will not change Europe’s plans for Brexit. May says the new poll is in the national interest and that an election is the only way to guarantee certainty and stability in the wake of Brexit.

Apr 18: Facebook Murder Suspect

A nationwide manhunt is underway in the United States for a suspect who shot an elderly grandfather and posted the video on Facebook. He shot 74 year old Robert Godwin in Ohio on Sunday afternoon as the victim walked home from Easter lunch. The suspect, Steve Stephens, said in another video posted on Facebook that he had killed 13 people and would kill more.

Apr 17: 117 Years Old

The world's oldest person, and the last person alive who was born in the 19th century, has died at the age of 117. Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She outlived her seven siblings. Her life spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Apr 14: Legalising Cannabis

Canada is planning to legalise the sale of recreational marijuana by June next year, this will make it the largest developed nation to end marijuana prohibition. The law would allow adults over 18 to possess up to 30g of dried marijuana. The government says this is a way to keep pot out of the hands of minors and to undercut organised crime.

Apr 13: Executions

Amnesty International, the global human rights watchdog, has named China the “World’s biggest executioner” in its report 2016 Global Review of the Death Penalty which says that 1,032 people were executed around the world – excluding China. Amnesty believes China has executed more than the rest of the world combined, saying that China maintains “almost total secrecy over the number of people sentenced to death and executed”.

Apr 12: Sold Into Slavery

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has reported that Africans trying to reach Europe are being detained by people smugglers or militia groups in Libya and then taken to town squares or car parks to be sold, with skilled migrants fetching higher prices. There are reports that hundreds of young sub-Saharan African men have been caught up in the so-called slave markets.

Apr 11: Christians in Fear

Coptic Christians in Egypt are reporting a “climate of fear” in the wake of two explosions in Coptic churches on Sunday which killed at least 44 people. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which were the latest in a series of attacks targeting the Christian minority in the country. The first was in a church in Tanta, north of Cairo, the second outside a church in Alexandria.

Apr 7: Ethnic Cleansing?

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, has denied ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, despite widespread reports of abuses. During a BBC interview, Suu Kyi acknowledged that problems do exist but ethnic cleansing is “too strong” a term to use. Rohingya people are denied citizenship in Myanmar which views them as illegal immigrant from Bangladesh

Apr 5: Girl’s Best Friend

A new world record has been set for the sale of any gemstone at auction in Hong Kong where the Pink Star diamond went for more than $71m (£57m. The oval-shaped 59.6 carat stone, which is the largest polished diamond in its class to go under the hammer, was sold at Sotheby’s in five minutes, going to Hong Kong jewellery retailer Chow Tai Fook Jewellery.

Apr 4: Drinking Sea Water?

A new sieve capable of removing salt from seawater could aid the millions of people in the world who are without ready access to clean drinking water. Developed by United Kingdom researchers, the graphene oxide sieve is now due for further testing. It uses a chemical derivative, graphene oxide which can be produced by simple oxidation in the laboratory.

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