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Australia's first legal same-sex wedding takes place in Sydney

Lauren Price, 31, and her partner Amy Laker, 29, made history on Saturday by tying the knot in front of 65 guests in Sydney, Australia. They were the first gay couple to be legally married in Australia, after a federal Law legalizing same-sex marriage on December 9, 2017. The couple had initially planned on having a civil union, but was granted an exemption to the 30-day notice period to mak...


Allocation of PR vote seats could take time: Election Commission

Electing members of the House of Representatives on Proportional Representation quota is likely to take time as the Election Commission is in favour of selecting the candidates only after formation of the National Assembly. EC officials said they would not be able to elect candidates under the PR category in the House until the upper house is elected due to constitutional and legal requirements...


Anita Hill to chair Hollywood harassment commission

A special commission to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries will be chaired by Lawyer and academic Anita Hill. The first meeting of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was attended by a wide range of industry giants. Spearheaded by female executives, including Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, it will reconvene in 2018...


US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say
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US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

A New York woman has been accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money to help the so-called Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering and is being held without bail. Ms Shahnaz was born in Pakistan and worked as a lab technician in the US. Prosecutors say she took out fraudul...


In-flight sexual assaults often unreported; airlines need to step up

When a 17-year-old Bollywood actress took to social media this week alleging she was sexually assaulted on an airplane, she appeared to catch the airline industry off-guard. Her allegations - denied by the man accused of the assault on a domestic Vistara flight in India - triggered online outrage and prompted a rare police investigation. The incident, coming shortly after Facebook founder Ma...


Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released
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Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released

A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations. The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs. Since 2013, it has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities. The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendati...


Supreme Court orders govt to take action against ex-DIG Silwal

The Supreme Court has considered that the performance appraisal certificates tendered by newly elected Lawmaker and former DIG Nawa Raj Silwal to the apex court as forged. The court has ordered the government to take action against Silwal for tendering the false documents. In a full text of the verdict prepared recently regarding the writ petition against then DIG Silwal for allegedly falsif...


Dispute delays National Assembly formation process

The process to endorse Law on the formation of the National Assembly (NA) has been stalled in lack of consensus among the political parties. The Law-making process has remained stagnant with the dispute among the parties whether to introduce the Single Transferable Vote (STV) for the formation of the National Assembly. Leaders of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) are holding discussions on d...


Commonwealth Bank admits failures in money laundering case
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Commonwealth Bank admits failures in money laundering case

Australias biggest bank has admitted it was late to disclose more than 53,000 transactions that allegedly breached anti-money laundering Laws. In August, the nations financial intelligence agency launched court action against the Commonwealth Bank over claims it had failed to refer the transactions, made through smart ATMs. On Wednesday, the bank acknowledged some failures. However, it de...


Puel's Leicester thump sorry Southampton 4-1

Leicester City secured a resounding 4-1 Premier League win at Southampton on Wednesday as their manager Claude Puel continued his superb start at the club and gained revenge over the team who sacked him in June. Leicester, who have won four straight Premier League games and lost only one of Puels eight in charge, are eighth in the table on 26 points, eight points clear of Southampton. The vi...


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