Venezuela: Inauguration of constituent assembly sparks new protests

Venezuela has inaugurated the new legislative superbody elected last week. The 545-member constituent assembly has been condemned by governments across Latin America, the U.S. and EU. Opposition protesters clashed again with security forces in Caracas. They believe the assembly endangers Venezuelas democratic freedoms. The all-powerful body may decide to dissolve the opposition-run congress and will rewrite the constitution, giving the ruling Socialist Party vast new powers. 15 days ago

Women, LGBTQ people and people of colour warned not to travel to US State

NAACP issued a travel warning in Missouri, the first in the groups 108-year history. The civil rights organization says travellers could be subjected to discrimination and harassment.  This comes in the wake of recent high-profile incidents of police brutality in the state as well as a new bill NAACP dubs the Jim Crow Bill.   17 days ago

Bomb-detecting dog given final salute before being laid to rest

A bomb-detecting dog with bone cancer was given an official send-off before he was put down. Cena served with Corporal Jeff DeYoung in Afghanistan before he adopted the pooch after DeYoung was diagnosed with PTSD. After the dogs diagnose, DeYoung made a bucket list of activities to do before his death. Cena received a final salute watched by service members and the public. The video has since gone viral, leaving viewers heartbroken watching the dogs final goodbye. 21 days ago

Thief arrested after getting stuck in traffic

A thief failed to escape after getting stuck in traffic in Birmingham. Martin Tolan was pursued by police after stealing a Mini convertible when he crashed into cars waiting at red lights. Officers were quick to break the car windows and arrest Tolan. He was jailed for almost 10 years for multiple burglaries, dangerous driving and theft. 21 days ago

Venezuela goes to polls as opposition boycotts Nicolas Maduros socialist power-grab

Venezuelans have begun to vote in the controversial election of a constitutional super-body. Opposition parties are boycotting the election which is opposed by a large majority of Venezuelans. Voters only get to select the super-bodys members not vote on its establishment. The election is expected to grand the ruling Socialist Party widespread new powers. President Nicolás Maduro states this move will bring peace after months of violent protests. Critics say it will allow Maduro to dissolve the opposition-run Congress. They see the election super-body as an attempt to establish dictatorial rule in the crisis-hit country. 21 days ago

Womans miniskirt sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia

A woman in Saudi Arabia posted controversial photos and videos on Snapchat on Sunday, 16 July, wearing a miniskirt at the Ushaiker historical site outside Riyadh. The videos sparked an uproar across the nation, igniting calls for her arrest. Jul 18, 2017

Five shocking bans on women around the world

From not being able to obtain a driving license, to being banned from entering stadiums to watch sports. Here are five controversial anti-women laws still in place around the world. Jul 11, 2017

Large fire started in Moria Refugee Camp on Lesbos

A fire broke out at the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on 10 July, after a protest on the site. Hundreds of migrants are reportedly living in poor conditions at the camp. Jul 11, 2017

Meet Sam, The First Educational Transgender Toy

Gender Creative Kids Canada have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce the first transgender educational toy, Sam. Sam is an essential tool designed to help children understand what it means to grow up as a transgender child. They hope the toy will help families talk about the struggles of being transgender and help those going through the process to be true to themselves. Jun 30, 2017

Supreme Court approves most parts of Trumps travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court approved most of President Trumps travel ban. The executive order temporarily blocks travel to the U.S. from six Middle Eastern and North African countries for 90 days, and suspends all refugee resettlement in the U.S. for 120 days. The banned countries include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court will hear arguments over the orders constitutionality in October. Jun 28, 2017

Candlelight vigil in Hong Kong commemorates 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown

Thousands attended a candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government deployed troops to crackdown on pro-democracy, student-led protests. It is estimated that hundreds, if not thousands, were killed that day, although Chinese authorities have yet to release an official death toll. Organizers estimated that 110,000 gathered for the vigil, while police estimated only 18,000 took part. Hong Kong is one of the few places under Chinese control that such commemorations are allowed. Nearly three decades later, any public commemoration of the protests is still banned on the Chinese mainland. Jun 7, 2017

Former Maldives President on fighting corruption and climate change

Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, shared his experience with defending democracy at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum. On 7 February 2012, Nasheed resigned as president under disputed circumstances, following weeks of protests by the opposition, which had then been joined by a majority of military and police forces. Jun 5, 2017