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Sharia crackdowns in Aceh costing Indonesian transgender women their livelihoods

Transgender women in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province are losing their jobs and incomes in the wake of police raids that saw several beauty salons shut down. Several salons in northern Aceh remain closed more than a month after the raids, and some trans women who worked there have fled to Jakarta in fear. Other salons are still open but have ... Read More »

Boko Haram brings back kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls: witnesses

Islamist militants have freed scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, but some of the released students say five of their friends have died in captivity and another is still being held.  The fighters from the Boko Haram group, some of then shouting “God is greatest”, drove the girls back into the north-east town of Dapchi in a line of trucks in ... Read More »

Tech trials to find Antarctica’s ‘missing’ iron meteorites

The project to find Antarctica’s “missing meteorites” is making excellent progress, say scientists. A group led from Manchester University is developing detection equipment it believes will discover a bounty of iron space objects buried in the polar ice. This survey gear has just come through a week of successful trials. Presently, 10 times fewer iron meteorites are found in Antarctica ... Read More »

Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme proposed

People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. The deposit will increase prices – but consumers will get the money back if they return the container. The scheme is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles, and steel and aluminium cans. ... Read More »

Netherland: No trial for ‘shocking’ PEGIDA

An Islamophobic far-right group that planted crosses on a construction site for a mosque in the eastern Netherlands will not be prosecuted, Dutch prosecutors announced. The prosecutors said that PEGIDA, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, will not be prosecuted as “the words and the actions they used were shocking but did not contain any insult or discrimination ... Read More »

People of all faiths to stage show of solidarity against ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

Day of unity staged to counter hatred directed at Muslims  A community group has organised a show of unity to fight against hatred directed at Muslims. Members of the North Kirklees Interfaith Council will be gathering outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday in response to the recent ‘Punish a Muslim’ hate mail which was sent to addressed in Yorkshire and ... Read More »

Malek Fahd Islamic school appeal dismissed by full Federal Court bench

Australia’s largest Islamic school’s future hangs in the balance after a full bench of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal against its $19 million federal education funding cut. The school of 2,500 kindergarten to Year 12 students, which has its largest campus in Greenacre, had been able to keep going due to interim appeals in lower courts, internal reforms including ... Read More »

India PM Modi app sparks social media furore

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s official mobile application has been criticised for sending personal user data to a third party without their consent. A security researcher had tweeted that the app was sending personal user data to a third-party domain that was traced to a US company. Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied the allegation. The party said ... Read More »

Russian ambassadors ‘summoned by EU neighbours’

Russian ambassadors have been summoned to several European foreign ministries amid reports of imminent diplomatic expulsions, reports say. EU leaders agreed last week it was highly likely Russia was behind the poisoning of an Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK. The bloc recalled its envoy to Moscow. On Monday, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland summoned Russian ambassadors to ... Read More »

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones. This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California’s San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within 30 years. They found that warning time could be increased for residents if they ... Read More »