From taunts about people’s looks to death threats and suggestions of suicide, online abuse is common in Ireland. Shamin Malekmian speaks to a victim and a perpetratorWHEN Ibrahim Halawa finally came home after four years of political incarceration in Egypt, he found himself in a new prison, one made of unkind words.The 22-year-old has been the subject of relentless internet trolling since his acquittal and subsequent release from an Egyptian jail, last year.Trolling is the intentional spreading of erroneous and incendiary comments on online platforms, often to agitate and lure a response.Ibrahim says some mordant remarks he read online, especially those that questioned his Irish identity left a lasting scar.“When I left Ireland for Egypt as a teenager, I still had the morals and principles that was fully Irish, and I never believed otherwise,” he says. “So, I come back to see so many people saying ‘oh, he’s not Irish,’ and it left me … [Read more...] about Game of trolls: What is it like to be a victim of online abuse?
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There's an apocalypse coming and only one place will escape it: Fiji, the so-called "centre of the world as promised in the Bible". Well, that's what South Korea's Grace Road Church and its founder, Shin Ok-ju, has preached to hundreds of followers, many of whom have cashed in and moved to Fiji for salvation. But the promised land took a darker turn earlier this month when Ms Shin and three others were arrested in Seoul and charged with the enslavement of some 400 followers. Korean authorities said that when church members arrived in Fiji, their passports were seized and some were forced to endure violent rituals. Many more were either forced to work on a plantation or at several other church-run businesses. Those businesses, which South Korean prosecutors said were the front for a violent cult, were widely endorsed and supported by the highest levels of Fiji's Government. Last year, it received a Prime Minister's Business Award. In their announcement, Korean authorities said … [Read more...] about Fiji Government tight-lipped on links to Korean cult accused of slavery, ritual beatings
Theresa May is facing the prospect of a major rift at the heart of her government as pressure mounts to reform the ban on abortion in Northern Ireland. A number of senior Conservatives called for a free vote on the issue following the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum, and members of the cabinet are believed to be ready to push ahead with demands for change. The row creates a fresh headache for the prime minister because the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose votes she relies on in parliament, are firmly anti-abortion and certain to resist calls for a vote on reforming the law. The cabinet is also likely to be divided on the issue. Downing Street sources suggested Ms May would try to resist calls for a change in the law, insisting the matter should be decided by Northern Irish leaders. Read more May refuses to push Northern Ireland abortion reform amid DUP pressure But as pressure grew, one MP claimed more than 130 of her colleagues were … [Read more...] about Theresa May faces prospect of government rift over calls to scrap Northern Ireland abortion ban
Boris Johnson has issued a veiled warning to Theresa May to "be true to her promise" to leave the EU's customs union, rather than triggering a "backstop" that would tie Britain to the arrangements beyond 2020. The Foreign Secretary told his Eurosceptic colleagues to give Ms May "time and space" to negotiate a deal with Brussels that would give Britain a clean break after Brexit and left the prime minister in no doubt of his opposition to any extension of EU rules. Cabinet ministers have been at loggerheads for weeks over post-Brexit customs arrangements, with Mr Johnson previously describing Ms May's favoured customs partnership plan as "crazy". Read more Johnson to visit Argentina during tour to drum up post-Brexit trade The government is currently working on a backstop scheme which would extend the period of time during which the UK would remain within the EU's customs union, as part of efforts to resolve the Irish border issue. Speaking to reporters … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson warns Theresa May to keep her word amid customs union row
What time are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married? Full royal wedding schedule and timings Royal wedding guest list: Here's who's recieved an invite How to watch the royal wedding this Saturday Who has designed Meghan Markle's wedding dress? Every runner and rider decoded The hotly anticipated Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is now just two days away, taking place this Saturday 19 May. However a last-minute setback has called the couple's plans into confusion, as Ms Markle's father Thomas announced via US celebrity website TMZ that he is due to have an operation and will not attend the ceremony on Saturday. Yet the wheels for the wedding are still in motion, with the couple promising a wedding focused on fun, joy and a chance to celebrate with the public. So what's in store for the couple – and how are the final plans affected by this week's changes? Here are all the latest updates about 2018's wedding of the year. Meghan … [Read more...] about Royal wedding 2018 latest news: Full details ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage