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Singapore follows India’s lead, demands legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era gay sex law since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used law under which a man found to have committed an act of gross indecency […]

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Climate change blamed as floods overwhelm Venice, swamping basilica and squares

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings. Thoroughfares were turned into raging torrents, stone balustrades were shattered, boats tossed ashore and gondolas smashed against their moorings as the lagoon tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft […]

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Azadi March to expand anti-govt protest across Pakistan

Pakistan’s firebrand cleric-cum-politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday called off his anti-government sit-in in Islamabad after nearly two weeks and announced that the massive protest will be expanded across the country by blocking major highways and trade links to increase pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign. Addressing the ‘Azadi March’ sit-in here, right-wing […]

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Pak govt gives one-time nod to Sharif to travel abroad for treatment; but insists on indemnity bond

Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would be given a “one-time” permission to travel abroad for his medical treatment for four weeks against indemnity bond worth over Rs 700 crore, Law Minister Farogh Naseem announced on Wednesday. The three-time prime minister and his PML-N party have refused to meet Imran Khan government’s demand to […]