|In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child-bride reform|
|“There might be pressures from the outside, but this is where you have to be strong,” says Saira, not her real name, about resisting the unlikely marriage proposal. Lobbyists pressuring the government to criminalize child marriage “were getting quite a lot of momentum” at one stage, says Tham Hui Ying, vice president of Malaysia's Association of Women Lawyers. It's religious,” so politicians are “not going to push to outright ban child marriage,” she says. |
|Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:34:37 -0500|
|Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump|
|The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush's “with us or against us” message to the world body concerning the coming war. This time the impetus for the emergency Security Council meeting was President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal - a move in opposition to decades of US-backed council resolutions on the holy city's status - and neither friend nor foe of the United States was having anything to do with it. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? |
|Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:30:30 -0500|
|Kremlin's four-hour presser leaves key question unanswered: after Putin, what next?|
|In just under four hours Mr. Putin answered scores of questions, some of them quite minute and detailed, about domestic and foreign policy. It's a familiar format for Russians, who see Putin onstage taking questions twice a year: once in a meet-the-media presser like today, and once in a marathon electronic town hall spectacle in which he interfaces with people around the country. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia? Opinion surveys suggest that he will walk to victory in presidential polls slated for March - not much of a cliffhanger, since he faces no serious opponent - and be duly ensconced in the Kremlin for |
|Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:17:53 -0500|
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