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Disaster for Europe: Iranian FM blasts EU for buckling to Trump & acting like

Disaster for Europe: Iranian FM blasts EU for buckling to Trump & acting like 'strong man' against Tehran

Acquiescing to Washington's hardline stance on Tehran spells catastrophe for Europe, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has argued, warning that there will be consequences for their u-turn on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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US officer who shot down Iranian plane received a medal, while the man guilty for downing Ukraine

US officer who shot down Iranian plane received a medal, while the man guilty for downing Ukraine's jet is IN JAIL– FM Zarif

Iran has imprisoned the army officer who fired a missile that killed 176 on board a Ukrainian jet, Mohammed Javad Zarif told, comparing Tehran's actions to that of the US when it downed an Iranian airliner 32 years ago.
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Ancient ‘Vampire’ star spied sucking the life out of celestial giant by NASA’s planet-hunting probe - rt

Ancient ‘Vampire’ star spied sucking the life out of celestial giant by NASA’s planet-hunting probe

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has witnessed the remains of an ancient star thirstily draining material from its giant celestial companion, in a remarkable interaction known as a super-outburst.
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Hong Kong declares emergency & cancels New Year celebrations as coronavirus spreads - rt

Hong Kong declares emergency & cancels New Year celebrations as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong has shuttered schools and done away with planned New Year festivities as the city scrambles to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus.
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Indian women's college bans burqas as part of dress code crackdown

A women's college in northeast India has prohibited students from wearing burqas in the classroom, arguing that the full-body garment violates the institution's dress code. The rule will be enforced with fines.
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38 infected coronavirus patients CURED in China as epidemic rages on - rt

38 infected coronavirus patients CURED in China as epidemic rages on

Saturday has brought some good news from China, where the nationwide battle against coronavirus is underway – dozens of patients have been cured of the disease, which has also claimed a comparable number of lives.
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Chinese doctor battling coronavirus on ‘front line’ of outbreak epicenter in Hubei dies as death toll reaches 41 - rt

Chinese doctor battling coronavirus on ‘front line’ of outbreak epicenter in Hubei dies as death toll reaches 41

A 62-year-old doctor helping to beat back a fast moving coronavirus in China, Liang Wudong, has died of the illness while working in its epicenter in the city of Wuhan, Chinese state media has reported.
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Coronavirus isn’t a global emergency yet—but two other outbreaks still are - quartz

Coronavirus isn’t a global emergency yet—but two other outbreaks still are

WHO is already fighting two international public health emergencies: Ebola and polio.
quartz - 11 hours ago
China’s mass coronavirus quarantine was impossible to get right - quartz

China’s mass coronavirus quarantine was impossible to get right

Once a quarantine area expands to whole cities, it is much less effective.
quartz - 12 hours ago
The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language - quartz

The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language

The department has been systematically using language from anti-abortion activists.
quartz - 12 hours ago
Listening to Mike Pence’s history, you might think it wasn’t Soviets but Americans who liberated Auschwitz - rt

Listening to Mike Pence’s history, you might think it wasn’t Soviets but Americans who liberated Auschwitz

US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on the Holocaust left the impression it was American soldiers who liberated Auschwitz, erased the Soviet Union’s well-documented act, and even used the solemn occasion to lash out at Iran.
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Three children found dead in Dublin house - metro

Three children found dead in Dublin house

The two boys and a girl were found in a home at Parson's Court in Newcastle in west Dublin.
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Nein, we didn’t sign! Germans say they are not TAKING OVER Ukraine’s railroads for 10 years (yet) after PM tags Deutsche Bahn - rt

Nein, we didn’t sign! Germans say they are not TAKING OVER Ukraine’s railroads for 10 years (yet) after PM tags Deutsche Bahn

Ukraine’s PM has announced that Deutsche Bahn will take over control of his nation’s railroad monopoly for a decade. The German firm said it will be consulting Ukraine’s rail company, but wouldn’t confirm any deeper involvement.
rt - 14 hours ago
Trump Showed up at the March for Life and Said Everything Anti-Abortion Activists Want to Hear - vice

Trump Showed up at the March for Life and Said Everything Anti-Abortion Activists Want to Hear

For many Evangelical supporters, Trump's rhetoric on abortion makes his history of divorces, affairs, lies, and sex scandals fade into the background.
vice - 15 hours ago
UN seeks help to thwart locust swarms in east Africa - channel 4

UN seeks help to thwart locust swarms in east Africa

The United Nations has called for international help to fight huge swarms of Locusts which are sweeping through parts of east Africa.
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Greta Thunberg joins school strike in Davos - channel 4

Greta Thunberg joins school strike in Davos

The Davos business conference has wrapped - the world's global elite taking to their private jets or the ski slopes after a week of schmoozing and deal-making.
channel 4 - 15 hours ago
Will Brits who migrated to Spain stay post-Brexit? - channel 4

Will Brits who migrated to Spain stay post-Brexit?

With the Brexit deal now officially signed into law - is the future any clearer for Britons living abroad?
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Johnson and EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal deal - channel 4

Johnson and EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal deal

Signed and almost sealed... the heads of the European Council and the European Commission have put their signatures on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Brussels - before it was whisked to London to be signed by Boris Johnson too.
channel 4 - 16 hours ago
The coronavirus outbreak comes at a terrible time for China’s tourism industry - quartz

The coronavirus outbreak comes at a terrible time for China’s tourism industry

The crisis has resulted in cancelled plans, closed attractions, and grounded flights.
quartz - 16 hours ago
Populist Salvini poised for breakthrough in Italian regional elections - channel 4

Populist Salvini poised for breakthrough in Italian regional elections

Italy's far right leader Matteo Salvini is poised for a political breakthrough in this weekend's local elections - triggering shock waves through the country's establishment.
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Most of the world’s constitutions guarantee more rights than America’s

Most of the world’s constitutions guarantee more rights than America’s

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Americans like to celebrate their Constitution, their country’s foundational document, which enshrines certain inalienable rights. But it turns out these days the US Constitution is less distinctive for what equal rights it does uphold, and more for which ones it fails to.

In a study published today by UCLA, researchers compared the constitutions of 193 UN member states to assess which protect equal rights for its citizens irrespective of their differences, including gender, sexual orientation, income, and disability.

“There is no opportunity for equality if people don’t have equal legal rights,” Jody Heymann, a UCLA School of Public Health professor who led the research, told Quartz. The fact that a right might be provided in a country’s constitution doesn’t guarantee that it is granted to its citizens, of course, yet it does create an important legal precedent.

The comparison between global constitutions revealed encouraging progress in the past two decades. All of the constitutions passed since 2000 include provisions for gender rights, as well as a right to health care.

On the other hand, many older constitutions fall short. As a result, there is a disparity of constitutional guarantees for the citizens of countries with more recent constitutions and those who live in countries with older constitutional histories.

The United States stands out in this disparity: Compared to its global peers, the United States fails to guarantee all kinds of rights.

The US constitution is one of just 28 worldwide, for example, that doesn’t guarantee gender equality. While Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, guaranteeing gender equality, some states have been slow to approve it, delaying its adoption as a new amendment to the Constitution. The US Constitution also doesn’t protect the right to health care, unlike 142 other global constitutions. Some 160 constitutions worldwide guarantee a right to education, but the United States does not. Similarly, equal rights for people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are not protected by the US Constitution. Landmark court decisions have outlawed discrimination of those groups, but they are still at risk of possible reversal and debate, as seen in the recent Supreme Court case debating whether sexual orientation can be grounds for firing.

Aleta Sprague, a legal analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, a nonprofit, said that constitutional rights are engrained in the fabric of a nation, and are often quoted in the context of policy and lawmaking debate. A constitution also endures longer than other pieces of legislation. So while some groups might be protected by various laws, they are rarely as powerful as a constitutional guarantee.

Even in the cases where rights aren’t immediately translated into legislation, Heymann says, their presence in the constitution tends to lead to positive results in the achievement of such rights. As an example, she mentions the right to health in the United States. Although it is not guaranteed in the US Constitution, it is included in some state constitutions. These states, Heymann says, have reduced infant mortality by a staggering 8%.

“The constitution is a powerful tool to change norms and introduce change,” Amy Raub, a policy analyst at WORLD, told Quartz. She cites South Africa. The South African constitution was the first in the world to protect equality regardless of sexual orientation. Raub says that shifted the public perception of LGBTQ people.

And even though such social change can take time, after South Africa adopted its new constitutional, the country moved quickly to legalized same-sex marriage, include LGBTQ people in military service, and ban conversion therapy. Another example is Mexico: A 2015 high court decision declared a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, as the constitution forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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