IAAF new gender rules 'humiliating, harmful': UN rights council

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF’s attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as nations unanimously backed the cause of South African runner Caster Semenya. In a rare intrusion in the world of sport, the United Nations’ top rights body has passed a resolution stating that the International Association of Athletics Federations […]

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Europe, Canada, Australia issue first rebuke of Saudi Arabia at U.N. forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and cooperate with a U.N.-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. It was the first rebuke of the kingdom at the U.N. Human Rights Council since it was set up in 2006, and […]

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Europeans, Canada, Australia issue first rebuke of Saudi Arabia at U.N. rights forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and cooperate with a U.N.-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. It was the first rebuke of the kingdom at the U.N. Human Rights Council since it was set up in 2006 and […]

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Coca-cola will verify suppliers with blockchain

A registry for workers and their contracts will be created using blockchain’s validation. Coca-Cola and the US Department of State along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain’s digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labour worldwide. The Department of State said […]

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Russian bid for U.N. action on Venezuela fails

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia failed on Thursday in a bid for the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that expressed support for a political solution in Venezuela and backed the Maduro government as the primary coordinator of international help. The Russian text only received four votes in favor. Four countries abstained and the rest of the 15-member […]

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam as they prepare for second meeting

President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi later today for the first time since their summit in Singapore in June last year. The two will have a one-on-one conversation at the Metropole Hotel at 6.30pm local time (11.30am GMT), before having a “social dinner”. On Thursday, there will be a full summit of “back […]

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Plague Water, Anyone? A Distillery Delves Into Medieval Mixology

Tattersall Distilling, near downtown Minneapolis, has earned a national reputation over the last few years for its award-winning gins, bitters and liqueurs. Soon, it may also be known for its plague water. An alcoholic concoction of angelica root, gentian and about a dozen other herbs, plague water was popular among medieval apothecaries as a tonic to ward off a variety […]

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U.N. expert says suspension of Nigeria's chief judge breaches human rights

GENEVA (Reuters) – The suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a U.N. expert said on Monday. Buhari, who was a military ruler in the 1980s and was voted into office in 2015, is hoping to win a new term in a […]

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U.N. raises 'serious doubts' whether Bahrain opposition leaders got fair trial

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Office said on Friday there were “serious doubts” whether three Bahraini opposition leaders were given a fair trial after Bahrain’s highest court upheld this week their life sentences on charges of spying for Qatar. Sheikh Ali Salman, leader of the now banned Shi’ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq and senior members Sheikh Hassan Sultan […]

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