Germany is on the frontline of controversial debate that has put European governments in a quandary – whether to recognise child marriage. The dilemma is a legacy of Europe’s migration influx, which has seen more than a million refugees and migrants arrive in Germany over the last two years. Denmark and The Netherlands have also been grappling with the issue, which UNICEF claims can lead to a lifetime of deprivation and disadvantage, putting the child at greater risk of falling pregnant early, dropping out of school and being in a violent relationship. There were 1,475 married children living in Germany last summer, according to official figures , but some NGO s say this figure could be much higher. Terre Des Femmes ( TDF ) says around a quarter of the children were assumed to be under 14, with one, a 13-year-old pregnant girl, thought to have married at 11. What should Germany do over #childmarriage among refugees? #Germany #Refugees — … [Read more...] about Refugee brides: what should Germany do about its child marriage problem?
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Sadie Frost has spoken of her struggle with depression during her marriage to actor Jude Law, admitting she once slashed her arm with a pair of scissors. The celebrity couple's high-profile relationship ended in divorce in 2003 after they had three children together. Sadie was a 25-year-old married mother-of-one when she met Jude, who was then a 19-year-old unknown. In her autobiography out next month, the actress-turned-fashion designer describes the instant attraction they felt. In serialised extracts of Crazy Days, which appeared in the Mail on Sunday, Sadie said: "I knew by even entertaining thoughts of Jude, I was jeopardising an idyllic home life, the most secure relationship I'd ever had." But, she added, her love and his "intense ambition" made her feel "out of control". Sadie, now 45, went on to leave husband Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp before she and Jude moved in together to her Primrose Hill home in north London. But with Jude's Hollywood career taking off, … [Read more...] about Frost tells of marriage depression
By Callum May Published 21 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The High Court has blocked further releases of criminal defendants in England and Wales whose trials are delayed by a barristers' pay strike. Prosecutors had challenged decisions by trial judges that the strikes are not sufficient reason to extend the usual six-month limit on pre-trial custody. At least a dozen defendants have been told they will be released because their cases will not be heard in time. The High Court did not overturn these individual rulings. Dame Victoria Sharp, president of the King's Bench Division of the High Court, was ruling on cases involving defendants at Bristol and Manchester Crown Courts whose cases had been delayed by the strike. She said Judges "fell into legal error" when refusing to keep the defendants behind bars - but did not overturn the decisions to … [Read more...] about High Court blocks release of criminal defendants in trial delays
A new drug found to reduce cognitive decline in early-stage Alzheimer's has been hailed as an "historic moment" in the treatment of the disease. During trials, Lecanemab was found to slow the decline in people's memory and thinking by up to 27% over 18 months, compared with a placebo. Alzheimer's Research UK called the finding a "historic moment for dementia research", with the medication becoming the first later-stage trial of an Alzheimer's drug "in a generation" to successfully slow cognitive decline. The phase three clinical trial results were reported by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai, who were working alongside the US firm Biogen to develop Lecanemab. The medication works by clearing deposits of amyloid, a protein that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients during the early stages of the disease. Eisai reported results from a trial of 1,795 participants with early Alzheimer's disease, with reduction in cognitive decline evident six months into … [Read more...] about ‘Historic moment’ in Alzheimer’s treatment as trial drug found to slow cognitive decline
By Mike Wendling Published 20 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics US Capitol riots Members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, are on trial in one of the most high-profile cases stemming from the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The group's leader, Stewart Rhodes, is charged, along with four others, with seditious conspiracy - plotting to oppose the transfer of presidential power. All have pleaded not guilty. Here's what you need to know about the case. Who are the Oath Keepers? A pro-gun, anti-government group launched in 2009, the Oath Keepers began with a rally in Lexington, Massachusetts - site of one of the first battles in the Revolutionary War. Its founder, Mr Rhodes, is a former US Army paratrooper who studied at Yale Law School and was once an aide to libertarian Republican congressman Ron Paul … [Read more...] about January 6th Capitol riot: Who are the Oath Keepers and why are they on trial?
As the Cambridges celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, Kate Faithfull-Williams (whose romantic history mirrors theirs) reveals what she has learnt so far. Five years ago, on a hugely anticipated April weekend, the country watched Kate and William get married. The next day I, Kate, took Mr Williams to be my lawfully wedded husband. Our wedding day involved less fanfare (unless you count the roar of 120 people mainlining prosecco), but there are spooky similarities between us and the royal couple. My husband John-Rhys and I met in our first year of university, while Kate met her William in halls at St Andrews, forging common ground with a boy of a completely different social class. READ MORE: This is how much it costs to live like Prince William and Duchess Kate for a year Prince George, in dressing gown, stays up past bedtime with the Obamas Prince William, Kate and kids George and Charlotte enjoy the snow in ski holiday photos Alexander McQueen slams 'ridiculous' … [Read more...] about On Prince William and Kate’s anniversary, here’s five things you know after five years of marriage
An accused cop killer battling capital murder charges in the shooting death of a Baton Rouge police officer and another man has been deemed mentally competent by two doctors. State District Judge Raymond Bigelow agreed with their reports and declared Ronnie Dewayne Kato Jr. fit to stand trial in the April 2020 slayings of police Lt. Glenn Dale Hutto Jr. and Curtis Richardson, the stepfather of Kato's girlfriend. The 38-year-old Baton Rouge man faces two counts of first-degree murder and the possibility of being sentenced to death if convicted on either count. His charges stem from April 26, 2020 shootings that police say occurred at two different locations. Authorities say Kato killed Richardson, his girlfriend's 58-year-old stepfather, during a domestic dispute on North Pamela Drive. He shot and killed Hutto, 45, with an assault-style rifle several hours later when he ambushed police officers searching for him in the backyard of a home along Conrad Drive, police have said. … [Read more...] about Man charged in Baton Rouge policeman killing is mentally competent to stand trial, judge says
The parents of ' Britain's biggest family ' celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a special trip to a secret location - which featured a heartbreaking tribute to their stillborn son. Sue and Noel Radford , parents-of-22, from Morecambe, Lancashire, spent their special day at a secret location - celebrating with poignant gifts to mark their pearl wedding anniversary. Rarely without some of their huge brood at their side, the trip marked a rare child free occasion. They made the decision to book the break after Sue visited a medium on holiday who told her she needed to take time for herself, reports LancsLive . Sue then decided to put it to a vote on Instagram . The response was an overwhelming yes with 98% urging the pair to go and spend some quality time together. Sue and Noel Radford enjoyed a rare child-free break away for their anniversary ( Image: @theradfordfamily/Instagram) Since arriving at their destination, which has not yet been … [Read more...] about Parents of UK’s biggest family celebrate 30 years of marriage without their 22 children
Councils in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty have been accused of failing to provide an alternative to driving in New Zealand’s fifth-biggest city. A sustainability charity based in the city said recent road trials have forced drivers to spend more time in their vehicles and create higher emissions as a result. Citing the Links Avenue cul-de-sac trial in Mount Maunganui, Sustainable Bay of Plenty claimed the road’s closure had a “massive flow-on effect” to the wider region. READ MORE: Bay of Plenty Regional Council candidate: New Zealand can save 'diddly squat' in emissions Ōmokoroa finally gets a macron after school kids campaign Fines total $1.2m in a fortnight as Bay of Plenty road trial riles residents The trial began in November 2021 after a number of parents of school children raised safety concerns about the proximity of shared path users to traffic, which was peaking at around 7500 cars a day. The cul-de-sac is formed of two bus lanes, and anyone found using … [Read more...] about Councils accused of creating more emissions as road trial rumbles on
Khloe Kardashian has opened up about the moment Tristan Thompson secretly proposed, leading her to turn him down. The former couple, who recently welcomed their second child together via a surrogate, sparked engagement rumors throughout their relationship. The reality star refused to be drawn on speculation but would constantly wear a giant diamond ring on that finger. However, in the latest episode of the Kardashians, she revealed that the NBA athlete actually got down on one knee in secret – something she didn’t tell her famous family about until much later. Kim Kardashian explained in a confessional that the athlete told her he wanted to propose on Valentine’s Day, but he ended up popping the question months before, in December. ‘The fact that he proposed and you never told us,’ she told her sibling. ‘I asked him months later, the night after I thought it happened, and he said, “Oh I did it months ago. She didn’t tell you guys?”’ Shedding light on why … [Read more...] about Khloe Kardashian secretly rejected Tristan Thompson marriage proposal: ‘It’s humiliating, hurtful’