The Ugandan Parliament on Monday passed the Sexual Offenses Bill, which contains a clause to criminalize same-sex relationships. The bill prescribes a five-year-jail term for anyone guilty of same-sex acts, and awaits the signature of President Yoweri Museveni. For many, the bill sounds like a repeat of a similar law passed in the Ugandan parliament in 2013, which, however, was annulled by the country's Supreme Court based on technicalities. The new bill explained The focus of the new bill is to primarily clamp down on sexual violence in general, increasing punishments for sexual offenders while also boosting the protection of victims during sexual offense trials. The overarching objective of the new piece of legislation is to provide for a broader application of the law while repealing some provisions of the Penal Code Act. Pride events like this one in the Ugandan city of Entebbe in 2014 could become a thing of the past According to Jacob Oboth-Oboth, chairperson of … [Read more...] about Uncertain future for LGBT+ rights in Uganda as controversial bill is passed
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WHEN Chris Pratt failed to join Avengers stars Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson at a Joe Biden fundraiser, people assumed he was a Donald Trump supporter. Hollywood’s go-to franchise leading man has been blasted on Twitter over politics and religion . Here's the latest on the controversy. Does Chris Pratt support Donald Trump? Twitter is awash with claims that Chris Pratt , 41, supports Donald Trump . A Newsweek fact check claims "a major telltale of Pratt's politics" is the fact that he didn't take part in an Avengers' fundraiser for Joe Biden . Avengers stars including Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson , Paul Rudd, Chris Evans , Don Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr. urged fans to vote blue. Ruffalo said: “Vote Democrat. Straight down the ticket.” Newsweek says: "Pratt has never openly discussed his political views on social media and CNN reports that he donated money to Barack Obama 's campaign back in 2012. "However, … [Read more...] about Does Chris Pratt support Donald Trump?
AROUND 3,000 bodies will have to be dug up from a medieval graveyard and reburied due to ongoing HS2 rail link work. Thousands of human skeletons are currently buried at the site of the old St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire. The medieval church dates back to 1080 but was abandoned in 1866. A new church was built in the 1880s and the last recorded burial in the graveyard was in 1908. However, local accounts revealed a child was killed by falling masonry there in the 1930s and the building was turned to rubble in 1966. It could take a team of archaeologists six months to dismantle what's left of the church structure and remove all the bodies. They need to do this so the controversial new HS2 rail line can go over where the remains of the church currently stand. The railway project that's costing billions has received a lot of backlash and a lot of people are worried about the amount of trees needed to be cut down. The aim is to enhance rail … [Read more...] about Over 3,000 bodies will be ‘dug up and moved’ from medieval English burial site built 1,000 YEARS ago for HS2 trainline
So far, 2021 has been the year of Russian intelligence, with four spectacular operations exposed in the last four months. In Berlin, Jens F., an electrician with a Stasi past, was caught selling Bundestag construction plans to secret service agents at the Russian Embassy. In Bulgaria, a Russian spy ring was uncovered around the ex-military intelligence officer Ivan Iliev. In Italy, a frigate captain named Walter Biot was found to be selling military information. And in the Czech Republic, the Interior Ministry identified officers of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU as the perpetrators of two explosions at an ammunition depot in Vrbetice in 2014 . These were the same men who allegedly poisoned Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev in 2015, as well as former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in 2018. The Bulgarian Prosecutor General's Office has also linked the GRU with four other instances of sabotage at … [Read more...] about Analysis: Russia’s secret services betray their weakness
Right now, it's still a hole in the ground but Sylwia Zborowska's house is supposed to be completed by the end of the year and she's hoping to move in next spring. She's sick of her high-rise in Warsaw and is trading it in for a housing complex called Przystan, or harbor, in Lomianki, a 30-minute drive from the Polish capital. Zborowska showed DW around proudly and described what her house would look like. Przystan is just one of many such projects in Poland . The market for semi-detached houses with gable roofs and terraces in estates is booming. But this one is different: Each of the 32 units will be assigned a particular patron saint and there will be a chapel. "Our hope is to bring people together, people who feel comfortable with each other and are united by a common element. And that's belief in God," said Kamil Kwiatkowski, who introduced himself as the initiator of the project. He told DW there have been misleading reports about the complex, and people asking if there … [Read more...] about Poland’s new housing estates are communities, but not for everyone