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Rabbi's remarks on homosexuality spark protests in Jerusalem

Rabbi Shlomo AmarDozens of LGBT activists have protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly made by the city's chief rabbi disparaging the gay community.

Rabbi Shlomo Amar told an Israeli newspaper last week that gay people were an "abomination" and homosexuality a "cult."

Protesters holding rainbow pride flags faced off outside the rabbinate in Jerusalem against ultra-Orthodox Jews supporting the rabbi. Police say a large pride flag was hung outside the building overnight.


Turkey: Bill to quash child sex convictions protested

Turkey bill to quash sex crime convictionsThousands of people, including women and children, marched in Istanbul protesting against a controversial bill that would overturn men's convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim.

Around 3,000 protesters shouted slogans and demanded that the bill to be withdrawn amid claps and whistles as they marched to Kadikoy square in the city's Asian side on Saturday.


UK woman arrested in Dubai after reporting rape, group says

UK woman arrested in Dubai for reporting rapeA British tourist has been arrested in Dubai on charges of extramarital sex after telling police she was raped while in the United Arab Emirates, according to a UK-based legal advice group called Detained in Dubai.

"This is tremendously disturbing," Radha Stirling, the group's founder and director, said in a statement. "Police regularly fail to differentiate between consensual intercourse and violent rape.


Feds: 2 teens, 3 women held as sex slaves behind steel gate, Michigan man in custody

Five held as sex slavesA  sex-trafficking case involving two teen girls and three suburban women is unfolding in federal court where a 67-year-old parolee was charged Friday with holding the females against their will, drugging them, selling them into prostitution — and beating them if they didn't perform well.

The victims include two teenage girls — one 15;  the other 12 to 14 — who remain missing after one of the  women helped them escape from a bathroom window, according to the criminal complaint. One of the young girls had been beaten in the face, a source told the Free Press. The adult victims — one of whom is 31 and two others who are 21  — are all from Downriver.


Israel's Muezzin Bill seeks 'Judaisation of Jerusalem

Jerusalem billPalestinian politicians in Israel have found an unexpected ally inside the government against a new bill banning mosques from using loudspeakers to broadcast the call to prayer.

The so-called Muezzin Bill - named after the person who calls Muslims to prayer - was approved by a ministerial committee on Sunday, on the grounds that it is needed to reduce "noise pollution" from mosques.


Trump weighing Muslim registry, says adviser

Trump mulling Muslim registryPresident-elect Donald Trump’s immigration advisers could recommend a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries and countries with significant problems with terrorism, according to a top ally.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hard-liner who has been advising Trump, told Reuters that transition policy advisers are weighing the merits of such a registry.

He added that the policy could be recommended as part of initial executive orders “so that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security hit the ground running.”


US: Probe into war crimes in Afghanistan unwarranted

US war crimes in AfghanistanAn International Criminal Court investigation of possible war crimes by US forces in Afghanistan is not "warranted or appropriate", the US state department has said after prosecutors in The Hague found initial grounds for such a probe.

Elizabeth Trudeau, a state department spokesperson, said on Tuesday that the US was not a party to the Rome Statute that created the ICC and had not consented to its jurisdiction.

She also said the US had a robust justice system able to deal with such complaints.


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