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Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop. Bloomberg

Melania Trump ‘mistook former female Australia FM for partner’

Australia’s former foreign minister says she was mistaken for the spouse of a politician by US First Lady Melania Trump, in her latest comments on the subordinate role of women in conservative politics.
Jussie Smollett leaves Cook county jail last month following his release in Chicago. Kamil Krzaczyński-AP

US grand jury indicts Jussic Smollett for alleged hate attack hoax

A Chicago grand jury on Friday indicted American actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania dismisses travel advisory by US

Tanzania has reacted angrily to an advisory issued by the US to its citizens, against travelling to the East African country, terming the action malicious.
Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets

US comedian and actor Kevin Hart abruptly withdrew from hosting the Oscars on Thursday night amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

John Magufuli: Tanzania prefers ‘condition-free’ Chinese aid

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has said he prefers Chinese to Western aid as it comes with fewer conditions.

Denmark, World Bank withdraw aid from Tanzania over rights concerns

Tanzania’s second-biggest donor Denmark said it would withhold 10 million dollars worth of aid funds, citing concerns over human rights abuses and “unacceptable homophobic comments’’ made by a government official.
Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s president-elect wants to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has told an Israeli newspaper he intends to defy the Palestinians and most of the world by moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), gestures to supporters during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro CREDIT- AFP

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s presidential election

Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil on Sunday, promising a fundamental change in direction for the giant Latin American country, the latest to take a turn to the far-right.
Workers Party vice presidential candidate Fernando Haddad

Candidate promises not to pardon ex-president Lula if he wins presidency

Brazilian Presidential Candidate, Fernando Haddad, said on Tuesday he would not pardon former President Luiz Lula – sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges – if he is elected president in October.
Jair Bolsonaro

Attacker stabs Brazil’s presidential candidate

Brazil’s right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and seriously injured while campaigning Thursday, with police saying the suspect claimed to be acting on orders from God.
New Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Sarri rejects racism, homophobia accusations

Maurizio Sarri insists "mistakes" in his past do not accurately represent his character and will not overshadow his tenure at Chelsea.
A protester in London - Obviously she can’t tolerate Trump

Massive anti-Donald Trump protests erupt in London

U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that he is loved by Londoners was trashed Friday as tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against him, on the second day of his four-day visit to Britain, the first since he became president in January, 2017.
FIFA HQ

FIFA descends on Argentina, Croatia, fines Swiss players for goal celebration

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Argentinian Football Association with a fine of 105,000 Swiss Francs and a warning.

Senate approves Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state

The US Senate voted Thursday to approve former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Everton aware of Mason Holgate’s alleged homophobic tweets – Sam Allardyce

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has given his response to allegations that defender Mason Holgate sent homophobic tweets more than five years ago.

Man charged with threatening to kill Donald Trump

A grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Utah has charged a local man with 11 counts of making threats to kill the president, police and blow up several buildings, according to a court filing.

One in five women victim of online harassment: report

More than one in five women have experienced online harassment or abuse, according to research by Amnesty International surveying more than 4,000 women.

Amnesty condemns Egypt bill to criminalise homosexuality

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned a draft bill in the Egyptian parliament that would criminalise homosexuality, in what the rights group called an “unprecedented homophobic crackdown”.

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