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6-30-17 MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski hit back at Trump tirade
MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski hit back at Trump tirade
The MSNBC hosts say the White House demanded an apology for coverage, or the National Enquirer would run a story on them. Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump have accused him of lying and suggested the White House tried to blackmail them. The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said Mr Trump's tweets were "vicious" and "frightening". The president called them "low IQ crazy Mika" and "Psycho Joe" on Thursday. He also referred to Ms Brzezinski as "bleeding badly from a facelift". The couple, who are engaged to be married, wrote a joint response in Friday's Washington Post accusing the president of an "unhealthy obsession" with them. They denied his claims they had spent three nights at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last New Year's Eve, or that they had "insisted", as Mr Trump claimed, on spending time with him. Instead they said they turned down his invitation to attend his New Year's Eve party. They continued: "Putting aside Mr Trump's never-ending obsession with women's blood, Mika and her face were perfectly intact, as pictures from that night reveal. "And though it is no-one's business, the president's petulant personal attack against yet another woman's looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift." The TV presenters also said three White House officials had told them the National Enquirer would publish a negative article about them unless they apologised to Mr Trump for their scrutiny of him. (Webmaster's comment: Our President is One Sick Puppy!)

6-30-17 Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'
Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'
When Terry Gobanga - then Terry Apudo - didn't show up to her wedding, nobody could have guessed that she had been abducted, raped and left for dead by the roadside. It was the first of two tragedies to hit the young Nairobi pastor in quick succession. But she is a survivor. It was going to be a very big wedding. I was a pastor, so all our church members were coming, as well as all our relatives. My fiance, Harry, and I were very excited - we were getting married in All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi and I had rented a beautiful dress. But the night before the wedding I realised that I had some of Harry's clothes, including his cravat. He couldn't show up without a tie, so a friend who had stayed the night offered to take it to him first thing in the morning. We got up at dawn and I walked her to the bus station. As I was making my way back home, I walked past a guy sitting on the bonnet of a car - suddenly he grabbed me from behind and dumped me in the back seat. There were two more men inside, and they drove off. It all happened in a fraction of a second. A piece of cloth was stuffed in my mouth. I was kicking and hitting out and trying to scream. When I managed to push the gag out, I screamed: "It's my wedding day!" That was when I got the first blow. One of the men told me to "co-operate or you will die". The men took turns to rape me. I felt sure I was going to die, but I was still fighting for my life, so when one of the men took the gag out of my mouth I bit his manhood. He screamed in pain and one of them stabbed me in the stomach. Then they opened the door and threw me out of the moving car.

6-30-17 Human trafficking
Human trafficking
China reacted with anger this week after the U.S. listed it as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor. In this year’s assessment of global efforts to end human trafficking, the State Department said China has made almost no effort to curb the practice. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited China’s employment of tens of thousands of North Korean workers, whose salaries are paid not to them but to the regime of Kim Jong Un. He said North Korea earns hundreds of millions of dollars a year in hard currency from forced laborers working in China and Russia. Beijing criticized the report. “No country has the right to speak irresponsibly on China’s domestic affairs,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

6-29-17 Trump mocks TV host Mika Brzezinski's 'bleeding facelift'
Trump mocks TV host Mika Brzezinski's 'bleeding facelift'
US President Donald Trump has launched a stunning attack on a female news anchor's alleged plastic surgery. He said MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" during a visit to his Florida golf resort Mar-a-Lago. In a Twitter salvo, Mr Trump also assailed Brzezinski's MSNBC co-presenter Joe Scarborough. They are both his occasional sparring partners and she this week accused him of developing a "dictatorship". "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. He also accused "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and "Psycho Joe" of "insisting on joining me" at Mar-a-Lago over three days at New Year's Eve. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!" he added. (Webmaster's comment: Our president continues to assualt women! He obviously hates women. A weak and emasculated man.)

6-29-17 Film exposes London's sex industry underworld
Film exposes London's sex industry underworld
In 2009, a Chinese woman called Anna killed herself near London's Heathrow Airport. Her friends later learned that she had been working as a prostitute in an illegal massage parlour. One of those friends, Jenny Lu, a Taiwanese art school graduate, began a journey to find out about her secret life. It resulted in Lu's first feature film, The Receptionist, which premieres in Taiwan on Friday and at the Edinburgh Film Festival in the UK next week. Some readers may find aspects of this story upsetting. "I met Anna in Chinatown at a dinner gathering. She looked really normal," recalls director Lu. "She came from a little village in China. She went to London because she wanted a better life. But she ended up living a double life that no-one knew about. "I felt really sad. How come no-one knew about this and no-one was able to help?" Through a mutual friend, Lu tracked down women who had worked with Anna at a massage parlour. They were immigrants from mainland China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Other parlours employed women from well-off economies including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea or Japan. Like some of the women, Anna arrived in the UK on a fake marriage. (Webmaster's comment: As soon as this film is released on DVD I will provide the description and link on the Feminist website.)

6-29-17 South Africa: Charges over secret breast milk filming
South Africa: Charges over secret breast milk filming
A woman has taken a male colleague to court in South Africa, alleging he secretly filmed her as she expressed breast milk at her workplace. The man, who has been been suspended by the University of Cape Town, is alleged to have set up a live link in a private room at the institution on 13 June. The woman wrote in a blog she was angry that providing food for her baby was "sexualised in such a cowardly way". The man has been charged and further investigations are being carried out. "I'm disgusted that we live in a world where mothers, no matter how they choose to feed their children, are victimised for being vulnerable." There has been a global push for companies to provide special areas for women to breastfeed.

6-29-17 Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown
Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown
The widows of four men executed by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 are suing oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown. The civil case, filed in The Hague in the Netherlands, argues that the company provided support to the army, which ultimately led to the executions. Shell has repeatedly denied the claims. Ken Saro-Wiwa was the best known of the nine men executed. He led protests against the environmental damage caused by oil production in the Niger Delta. The latest case against Royal Dutch Shell has been filed by four of the wives of the men - political activists known as the Ogoni nine - and is supported by Amnesty International. The women are seeking an apology and unspecified compensation. (Webmaster's comment: Male driven U.S. corporations always support the ruling junta!)

6-28-17 Women need a rosy outlook? Then give us reason to be optimistic
Women need a rosy outlook? Then give us reason to be optimistic
Talking up the idea that women need to up their optimism to live longer is patronising in an age of stubborn gender inequality, says Lara Williams. Now we know and presumably we should be grateful: Women who remain “optimistic” have a reduced risk of heart and respiratory disease, cancer and stroke – and as a result, live longer. That’s the message from a recent US study of 70,000 female nurses. Those who identified as the most optimistic had a 31 per cent reduced risk of mortality compared with the least optimistic. This message may seem OK at first glance – who doesn’t want to live longer? But beyond the actual science, there is a problem. Why were women singled out, both as subjects for the study and as the recipients of this message? Why not determine whether people, irrespective of gender, could enjoy the health benefits of positivity? Was the gendering tied to an existing expectation for women to remain sanguine, amiable and upbeat? This exists on the same spectrum as men who feel compelled to shout “smile” at passing female strangers, should they not appear visibly cheered – there is a peculiar pressure on women to read as pleasant. The messaging around this research feels particularly hampered by these problems, insinuating an almost moral and personal imperative to be optimistic – aimed at just one half of society. In the Huffington Post, Richa Sood of US medical research group Mayo Clinic commented on the work: “Women have a lot of self-doubt… But if we could focus on ‘I tried my best, pat on the back, I will do better next time,’ that’s optimism, and we are caring for ourselves.” There is a lot to decode – from the flippancy of invoking “self-doubt” through to the patronising obligation to care for ourselves. It is reductive language. Unfortunately, the onus is being placed on women to remain optimistic at a time in which there is still huge gender inequality, in which women’s fundamental human rights are actively under threat.

6-27-17 Why are Indian women wearing cow masks?
Why are Indian women wearing cow masks?
A photography project which shows women wearing a cow mask and asks the politically explosive question - whether women are less important than cattle in India - has gone viral in the country and earned its 23-year-old photographer the ire of Hindu nationalist trolls. "I am perturbed by the fact that in my country, cows are considered more important than a woman, that it takes much longer for a woman who is raped or assaulted to get justice than for a cow which many Hindus consider a sacred animal," Delhi-based photographer Sujatro Ghosh told the BBC. India is often in the news for crimes against women and, according to government statistics, a rape is reported every 15 minutes. "These cases go on for years in the courts before the guilty are punished, whereas when a cow is slaughtered, Hindu extremist groups immediately go and kill or beat up whoever they suspect of slaughter." The project, he says, is "his way of protesting" against the growing influence of the vigilante cow protection groups that have become emboldened since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came to power in the summer of 2014. "I've been concerned over the Dadri lynching [when a Muslim man was killed by a Hindu mob over rumours that he consumed and stored beef] and other similar religious attacks on Muslims by cow vigilantes," Ghosh said. (Webmaster's comment: One reported rape every 15 minutes is nothing, IN THE UNITED STATES THERE IS ONE RAPE REPORTED EVERY THREE MINUTES! India has 1.3 billion people and United States only has 320 million SO UNITED STATES HAS 20 TIMES THE RATE OF RAPES OF INDIA!)

6-26-17 Bill Cosby tour 'not about sex assault'
Bill Cosby tour 'not about sex assault'
Bill Cosby's publicity team have denied reports that his upcoming speaking tour is to educate young people about sexual assault allegations. A publicist told CNN the focus was on restoring the comic's legacy. Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence this month when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury. The comic's team had previously said that young people need to know the law around assault. But on Sunday publicist Ebonee Benson told CNN the media was guilty of "sensationalism" over the allegations, and the tour. "The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault," she said. Prosecutors plan to retry the case against the former star of The Cosby Show in about four months.

6-22-17 Bill Cosby plans 'sexual assault education' speaking tour
Bill Cosby plans 'sexual assault education' speaking tour
Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations. His spokespeople said on Thursday that due to changing laws, more young men will face sexual assault allegations. Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors plan to retry the case. At least 50 other women accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC-TV's Good Day Alabama that the comedian will begin his summer motivational speaking tour in Alabama as early as July. "This is bigger than Bill Cosby," Mr Wyatt said, adding "this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today". "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing," he told the interviewer.

6-21-17 Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations
Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations
Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says. A review of the Congolese deployment pointed to "systemic problems", a statement said. The UN peacekeeping force in the CAR has faced scores of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation. Almost 13,000 people are serving as part of the mission, known as Minusca. French troops have also been accused of sex abuse in CAR. Charges were dropped against six French soldiers earlier this year, however another investigation remains open.

6-20-17 The wounded victims of Sri Lanka's child marriage law
The wounded victims of Sri Lanka's child marriage law
In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls grow for this law to be amended, BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana meets one young girl forced to marry against her will. When Shafa* was 15, she was forced to get married. "While studying for exams, I fell in love with a boy," Shafa said, tears running down her cheeks. "My parents did not like it. They sent me to my uncle's place. While I was studying there, a regular visitor told my aunt and uncle that he wanted to marry me." Shafa, who comes from a Muslim family and lives in a remote village in Sri Lanka, refused. She wanted to marry the boy she loved, after completing her secondary school education. But despite her objections, her uncle and aunt arranged for her to marry their friend. Whenever she objected to the marriage, she was beaten. Her uncle and aunt even threatened to kill themselves if she did not listen to them. "I cut my arms as there was no other option," said Shafa, pulling up her sleeves to show the scars. "I also took some pills from my uncle's place. "While I was being treated in hospital, they bribed the doctors and took me - together with my saline bottle - to a private hospital. A few days later they forced me to marry that man."

6-19-17 Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque
Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque
Police in the US state of Virginia have found the remains believed to be of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was assaulted near a mosque before disappearing. The teenager, identified as Nabra Hussein, was walking with friends when they got into a dispute with a driver in Herndon, police said. The man left the car and assaulted the girl, they said. She then disappeared. A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder. The reason for the attack was still unknown, but hate crime was one of the options being investigated, reports said. (Webmaster's comment: Notice that the cowardly white males that hate muslims in America usually only attack safe targets like women and children.)

6-16-17 Companies: Uber CEO takes leave amid scandals
Companies: Uber CEO takes leave amid scandals
Uber’s embattled founder and CEO Travis Kalanick took a leave of absence this week for an unspecified amount of time, said Mike Isaac in The New York Times. The decision followed the release of the results of a four-month investigation into Uber’s workplace culture led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. That report concluded the company “must repudiate its aggressive startup culture,” amid ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination scandals. Private-equity billionaire David Bonderman resigned from the board of directors, hours after he made a disparaging remark about women during an all-staff gathering.

6-15-17 Fin - the secret Facebook group of Nigerian women
Fin - the secret Facebook group of Nigerian women
It is one of Facebook's fastest growing communities and has become such a phenomenon that last week, Mark Zuckerberg asked to meet its founder. But what is Fin? Female IN or Fin is a "secret" Facebook group that has recently clocked up over a million members, largely from Nigeria. But it's a secret that founder Lola Omolola wants you to know all about - if you're a woman that is. Though it has a vaguely romantic air, secret is just Facebook terminology, Ms Omolola says. It means invitation-only - you need to know a member to get in. "It's a safe place, for a woman who has something to say," Ms Omolola explains. "You don't have to agree but it is her story, she can say it." The group is a sort of confessional space, where women share stories that they might be uncomfortable - or even afraid - to tell in person. It doesn't offer anonymity - members have to post under their real names. And the stories are stunning, although they remain strictly confidential. In the few days that I've been a Finster, I've read testimonies on domestic abuse, physical and emotional violence, child abuse and rape. One woman speaks about the moment she told her parents she was about to have a child as a single girl of 17, another about finally being accepted as a lesbian by her mother after many years. They are brave and intimate, telling of failed relationships or unconventional sexual preferences.

6-14-17 French equality minister Schiappa ridiculed for Paris no-go visit
French equality minister Schiappa ridiculed for Paris no-go visit
When France's new Sexual Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa visited an area of northern Paris notorious for women being harassed on the street, it seemed a good idea. That was until she publicised her under-cover trip on Twitter with photos designed to show there were no "no-go areas for women" in France. Critics accused her of staging the visit and playing down the problem. Her photos were quickly deleted and were blamed on a public relations slip. However, French media had already captured the pictures, which showed Ms Schiappa walking alone in a dress past a group of men on a central street in the north-eastern area of La Chapelle-Pajol. Accompanying the images was the message: "The Republic's laws protect women and apply every hour of the day and everywhere." Ms Schiappa is new to national politics and one of President Emmanuel Macron's rising stars from civil society. Before joining his centrist party, she was best known for setting up a network of working mothers and was deputy mayor of the city of Le Mans.

6-13-17 A woman’s world for South Sudanese refugees
A woman’s world for South Sudanese refugees
An estimated 86% of the more than 900,000 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children, says the UN. Massive numbers have streamed in since the brutal civil war at home reignited last July. The flight from violence and chaos, often without time to plan, has left many families separated. Mothers and children run alone. Husbands and fathers are either staying behind to work, fighting, missing or presumed dead. As a result, many women are leading their extended households and communities in Uganda's refugee settlements. With the support of each other, the authorities and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), they are trying to build a life. They didn't plan it, but they now find themselves living in a woman's world. In many refugee settlements, women are working together to pool their skills and resources. Members of one of 120 mother-to-mother support groups set up by charity Action Against Hunger near Adjumani, northern Uganda, have established a new kitchen garden outside the settlement of Mungula. In each group, the NGO trains an elected lead mother to teach the others about nutrition, infant feeding, hygiene and staying healthy. Agnes Namadi, 29, explains she has learned about the importance of avoiding illness and malnutrition, and adds: "When you eat cassava it gives you energy and these greens and mangos can give you vitamins." (Webmaster's comment: Someone has to focus on living, the men are too busy fighting and killing each other!)

6-12-17 Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
A call made by a local sports federation to ban Zumba dance classes across Iran has angered many online. The Iran Sport for All Federation penned a letter to Iran's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to ban activities, including Zumba, for contravening "Islamic ideology". The federation has the country's highest membership status in the Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) that is based in Frankfurt. Founded in 1992, the Iran Sport For All Federation is a licensed regulatory authority for a range of sports and operates provincial branches and offices in state organisations. A Tafisa official told the BBC that the association does not have a say in political decisions made by the Iran federation. It added that decisions on Tafisa membership are taken by its board of directors. Many Iranian social media users criticised the proposed ban, using the Persian-language hashtag #Zumba. Iran Sport for All President Ali Majdara's letter, posted on the Iran's sports ministry website on 7 June, said the aim was to "develop athletics for everyone in the framework of supreme Islamic ideology and the Islamic Republic of Iran's sport structure". "Please issue a regulation to ban some activities, such as Zumba, which include rhythmic motions and dance and are unlawful in any shape and title," the letter continued.

6-12-17 South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'
South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'
A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, is expected to appear in court, accused of murder, after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. "She was on her way to a local tavern when she was allegedly attacked by the deceased and fought back," police said. The young woman stabbed the 21-year-old man, after overpowering him during a struggle, police say. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. There has been a recent spate of killings of women in the country, which has sparked national outrage. (Webmaster's comment: Every woman has the right to defend herself from rape, including killing her attacker to prevent the rape. Rape is the same as physical assault which one has the right to prevent by killing one's attacker if need be.)

6-12-17 Kala Brown: Freed from storage container
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Kala Brown had been chained up in a metal storage container in South Carolina by Todd Kohlhepp. Authorities have now released footage showing the moment she was released. Kohlhepp has been jailed for the kidnap and rape of Kala Brown, and for a string of murders.

6-9-17 Uber fires 20 after harassment probe
Uber fires 20 after harassment probe
“The housecleaning at Uber is just getting underway,” said Eric Newcomer in The ride-hailing service fired 20 people this week after an internal investigation into allegations of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Uber didn’t say which employees were let go, but some are said to be senior executives. Apart from the firings, 31 employees were placed in counseling or additional training, while seven received written warnings after law firm Perkins Coie reviewed 215 complaints. Uber is also preparing to release the results of a separate, broader investigation into the company’s culture by former Attorney General Eric Holder.

6-8-17 Uber 'obtained rape victim's medical records'
Uber 'obtained rape victim's medical records'
An Uber executive obtained the medical records of a woman who said she was raped by a driver of the taxi-app firm in India, according to a report. Eric Alexander, who ran Uber's business in Asia, is said to have shared the records with the company's chief executive, Travis Kalanick, over a year ago. Uber confirmed to the BBC that Mr Alexander no longer worked at the firm - but offered no further comment. Technology news site Recode said Mr Alexander was fired only after the publication contacted the company about the story. It said as well as Mr Kalanick, the records were seen by the company's senior vice president, Emil Michael. Recode's report detailed how Uber was reportedly considering the prospect that the rape claim was concocted by rival Indian ride-sharing company, Ola, as part of a smear campaign. On Thursday, Ola told the BBC's Shilpa Kannan the allegations were "despicable". "It is a shame that the privacy and morals of a woman have to be questioned in an attempt to trivialise a horrific crime," a spokesman for Ola said in an email.

6-7-17 Outrage after rapist jailed with victim
Outrage after rapist jailed with victim
Canadian officials have expressed outrage over the case of a homeless woman who was jailed after being raped and kept in prison with her attacker. The indigenous woman, who is not being named, was brutally attacked in an Edmonton apartment in 2014. She went to police but was jailed for not answering questions, and forced to testify while wearing leg shackles. Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has apologised to the woman's family and ordered an investigation. "The facts of this case are disturbing and tragic, and when you add in the treatment of the victim in the system, they are almost incomprehensible," said Mrs Ganley, adding that "both policies and people failed in this case". The woman had been kept in a holding cell next to her attacker for five days and transported to court with him, in the same van, CBC News was the first to report. "I'm the victim and look at me, I'm in shackles," she told Alberta court Judge Raymond Bodnarek in 2015.

6-7-17 Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation
Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation
Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led to two investigations and the uncovering of 215 complaints about harassment and other allegations. Uber has struggled with a series of controversies in recent months, including a backlash over aggressive corporate tactics and a lawsuit from Google-owner Alphabet over allegedly stolen technology for self-driving cars. Several high-placed executives resigned amid the turbulence, including a former head of engineering, who had failed to disclose harassment complaints at his former employer.

6-7-17 Pennsylvania groom 'choked bride' in wedding gifts row
Pennsylvania groom 'choked bride' in wedding gifts row
A Pennsylvania man has been accused of attacking his bride after they fought over money only hours after their wedding ceremony. John Delozier, of Johnstown, is charged with assault, strangulation and harassment. According to a police report, the 31-year-old suspect accused his wife of only caring about money just before the attack last Saturday. The victim had suggested saving some of the money they were given as gifts. Mr Delozier initially fled the scene, but was arrested and is awaiting trial at the Cambria County Prison.

6-7-17 Cosby trial: Andrea Constand 'frozen in sex attack'
Cosby trial: Andrea Constand 'frozen in sex attack'
The woman at the centre of Bill Cosby's sex assault trial testified she was "frozen" after the US comedian drugged and molested her at his home in 2004. Andrea Constand, 44, shared her account publicly for the first time on the second day of Mr Cosby's trial. "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", she said. She said Mr Cosby gave her pills he claimed were herbal to help her relieve stress over a possible career change. "They're your friends," she recalled him saying when he handed her the pills. "They'll take the edge off."

6-6-17 Bill Cosby 'used power and fame to prey on woman'
Bill Cosby 'used power and fame to prey on woman'
A witness in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial has told the court he drugged and sexually abused her in 1998. It is the same method he is said to have used in the alleged 2004 attack on Andrea Constand he is on trial for. Mr Cosby, 79, denies the charge. His lawyer says she agreed to sex and has changed her story to investigators. Dozens of women say Mr Cosby assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he is on trial for only one allegation.

6-6-17 MMA fighter War Machine gets life for assaulting ex girlfriend
MMA fighter War Machine gets life for assaulting ex girlfriend
A US mixed-martial arts combatant known as War Machine has been jailed for life for kidnapping, and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend in 2014. Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was found guilty in March of attacking Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas after accusing them of having an affair. Ms Mack suffered a fractured eye socket and nose, broken ribs and lost teeth. In a statement to the court Koppenhaver expressed remorse, attributing the attack to anxiety and depression. He compared himself to former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder.

6-6-17 Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's driving activist arrested
Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's driving activist arrested
A Saudi rights activist who was detained for 73 days for flouting the country's ban on female drivers has been arrested again. Loujain al-Hathloul was picked up at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam on 4 June, the human rights group Amnesty International says. It says Ms Hathloul has been denied access to a lawyer or her family. Ms Hathloul was arrested in 2014 when she tried to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women from driving. Authorities have not disclosed the reason for Ms Hathloul's latest arrest. She is expected to be taken to Riyadh later on Tuesday, to be interrogated by prosecutors. (Webmaster's comment: And this is the country that Trump most supports in the Middle East, a record holder for human rights abuses!)

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