Venezuela: Protesters, troops clash ahead of Sunday vote

31 July 2017

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are calling for continued protests ahead of Sunday’s controversial election, a day after demonstrators clashed with national guard troops in the capital in defiance of a protest ban.

Opposition leaders have vowed unrest before the election of a «constituent national assembly» that would rewrite the constitution at Maduro’s request — a move that the leftist leader’s critics say could consolidate his power and lead to a dictatorship.

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UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

18 August 2017

United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon’s capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas.

Lebanon repeals law that outraged women’s rights

Lebanon repeals law that outraged women’s rights

17 August 2017

Lebanon has joined a number of other Arab states in scrapping a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims.

Secrets of slavery at your local car wash: Workers paid little or nothing for 11-hour shift and forced to live in squalid accommodation

Secrets of slavery at your local car wash: Workers paid little or nothing for 11-hour shift and forced to live in squalid accommodation

16 August 2017

Thousands of workers in hand car washes are thought to be victims of modern slavery, paid little or nothing for an 11-hour shift and forced to live in squalid accommodation.

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