Political trial against Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, but the socialist government dismissed the move as meaningless. The OPEC member nation’s political standoff has worsened since last week’s suspension of an opposition push to hold a referendum to try to recall Maduro, 53.

A rise in hate speech

South Sudan is suffering a rise in hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups which could result in mass atrocities if the government does not act, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. Animosity between South Sudan’s Dinka ethnic group and the people of its southwestern Equatoria region surged.

Whale sanctuary opposition

Countries led by Japan blocked a move by South American and African states to create a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales they say are endangered by hunting despite a global moratorium in force for 30 years. Japan is one of a handful of countries including Norway and Iceland that continue to hunt whales.

Modi scrutinises divorce law

Indian PM Narendra Modi waded into a controversy over a Muslim divorce law he said was destroying women’s lives, drawing criticism from rivals that he was fishing for minority votes in a major state election next year. Mr Modi criticised the so-called “triple talaq”, that allows a Muslim man to part from his wife by saying “I divorce you” three times.

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