Samoan Court Clears The Way For The Nation's 1st Female Prime Minster

An appeals court ruling has ended a constitutional crisis and confirmed Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as the first woman to lead Samoa. After a tight election in April, two people claimed to be prime minister.

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Friday, July 23, 2021 - 4:32pm

The Search for Victims Comes To An End At the Florida Condo Collapse Site

A makeshift memorial for the victims of the Champlain Towers South building collapse near the rubble pile.

Officials had vowed to continue the search for people among roughly 11 tons of rubble that remained until all missing persons had been recovered. Now firefighters have finished their search.

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Friday, July 23, 2021 - 5:20pm

A turning point: New Zealand museums grapple with return of stolen Māori remains

New Zealand has long fought to have indigenous remains held overseas returned – now it’s reckoning with its own colonial legacy

In 2009, Āwhina Twomey received a phone call from a friend and member of her Rangitāne o Wairau iwi (tribe), asking if she could be in the South Island by 4am the following Saturday. She baulked at the early start, but then she heard the reason: Canterbury Museum had agreed to repatriate her tūpuna (ancestors), or kōiwi tangata (ancestral remains) to her iwi.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 4:00pm

Police seek 11-year-old girl who travelled from Manchester to London

Parents of Fatuma Kadir plead with her to let them know she’s safe as police say they are ‘extremely concerned’ for her welfare

Police are searching for a missing 11-year-old girl who is believed to have travelled to London from Greater Manchester overnight.

The parents of Fatuma Kadir from Bolton have urged her to let them know she is safe after she left home without their knowledge on Thursday evening before travelling on several trains to get to London Euston at 1.13am on Friday.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 5:19pm

Win for Angelina Jolie as court disqualifies judge in Brad Pitt divorce case

Court finds John Ouderkirk did not sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys

A California appeals court has disqualified a private judge being used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case, handing Jolie a major victory.

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Friday, July 23, 2021 - 3:08pm

China retaliates with sanctions on former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross

The ‘counter-sanctions’ are in response to Washington’s actions and are the first under China’s new anti-foreign sanction law

Barely 48 hours before the arrival in China of one of Biden’s most-trusted diplomats, Beijing has announced its decision to impose counter-sanctions on seven American citizens and entities, including former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, in retaliation against Washington’s earlier sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdowns.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 3:54pm

Ghana: anti-gay bill proposing 10-year prison sentences sparks outrage

Bill could mean 10 years in prison for LGBTQ+ people and those who support their rights

Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament could propose up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights, express sympathy or offer social or medical support, in one of the most draconian and sweeping anti-gay laws proposed around the world.

Support for intersex people would also be criminalised and the government could direct intersex people to receive “gender realignment” surgery, said the draft legislation.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 3:40pm