Caribbean News | Afro-Latinas

Inaugural Latin American Afrodescendent Women Leaders’ Summit brings Afro-Latina leaders together to address community security
  • The summit convened in Managua, Nicaragua, bringing leaders together to address such issues as black women’s rights and protections, health, education, the environment, poverty reduction, and public services access.
  • Organizers aimed to use the discussions to adopt a shared political platform for Afro-Latinas throughout Latin America to combat the disproportionate impact of poverty and other socioeconomic barriers on black women.
  • Afro-Latinos make up between 20 and 30% of the population in Latin America, with complex histories of colonization, slavery, and migration making identification uneven.

Read the full story at teleSUR.

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Thailand News | Montangard Christians

Thailand’s military government bans Human Rights Watch event in Bangkok discussing Vietnamese persecution of ethnic Montagnards
  • Having stepped up censorship and public assembly bans since its 2014 coup, the junta justified the shutdown by claiming such an event would damage relations with Vietnam.
  • The event is the third to be shut down in the last month at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.
  • The predominantly Christian Montagnards have fled religious and political persecution in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, seeking asylum in neighboring countries like Cambodia.
“Thailand is choosing to side with dictatorships in ASEAN while further stepping up repression at home.”
Read the full AFP story at AsiaOne.

U.A.E. News | Diabetic Muslims

Dubai health experts caution those afflicted with diabetes against unregulated Ramadan fasting
  • A panel of doctors issued the guidance measures through the Dubai Health Authority’s Twitter Clinic (@DHA_Dubai).
  • Advice included consultation with physicians about the health effects of fasting, whether the state of an individual’s condition allows for them to fast, and what precautions to take to avoid negative health impacts.
  • With health conditions triggering religious exemptions from Ramadan practices, children in particular were singled out as being exempt from fasting as most suffer from high-risk type 1 diabetes.

“Diabetics who are insulin dependent, primarily, type 1 diabetics are advised not to fast — permissible by the religion — because they are at a higher risk of developing hyper or hypoglycaemia. Yet, we find that there are some patients who insist on fasting. We advise them to work very closely with their health professionals to avoid major health problems, that may lead to a diabetic coma. Type 2 diabetics can fast after adjusting their medication in consultation with doctor.”

Read the full story at the Khaleej Times.

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U.S. News | Women

Ohio Senate passes legislation outlawing abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Republicans drove through the legislation that will make it a fourth-degree felony for doctors to perform abortion procedures after 20 weeks, sending it to the House of Representatives for approval.
  • Other politicians and reproductive rights advocates have criticized the bill for its lack of exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or severe fetal medical anomalies.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand federal rulings striking down similar laws in Idaho and Arizona.

“Most women targeted by this bill are suffering from medical complications with a wanted pregnancy. Doctors shouldn’t have their hands tied by legislators, they need to be able to treat their patients in the way that is best for their patient and their family.”

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Israel News | Immigrants

Immigration to Israel from Russia and former Soviet countries up sharply this year
  • As of June 1, approximately 5,904 have arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union, an increase of 56.94% from 3,698 during the same period in 2014.
  • 2,990 have immigrated from Ukraine, an 85.25% increase from 2014 and more than the total number of 1,982 from 2013, the year before the Ukrainian conflict began.
  • Ongoing violence in Ukraine as well as the Russian economic downturn have been credited as contributing to the jump in immigrants.

Read the full story at The Times of Israel.

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U.K. News | LGBT

Hundreds of thousands take part in what may be the largest London Pride yet
  • Organizers estimate 30,000 attended the parade, which was centered on the theme “Pride Heroes” and included a tribute to famed British mathematician Alan Turing.
  • The approximately 950,000 who have participated in London Pride events throughout the week have helped shatter the event’s participation record, set last year at 750,000.
  • Saturday’s parade included participants from the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), whose inclusion had been a source of controversy as the party’s political positions put it at odds with many in the LGBT community.

“Given the huge impact Turing had on our industry and on the lives of the public who rely so heavily on technology, he was an obvious choice for our Pride Hero. We’re honoured to be walking with his family and proud to be taking part in London Pride.”

Read the full story at the Independent.

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India News | Women

Mumbai shutters police counseling centers for women involved in domestic disputes
  • The centers had previously provided trained police counselors working with not-for-profit organizations in conflict-resolution service provision.
  • From 2010 to present, 8,786 applications for counseling have been received, which has led to counseling and resolution options including compromise and further police action.
  • Instead of counseling, police will now only be able to outline steps that can be taken and refer women to outside resources.

Read the full story at the Hindustan Times.

Kuwait News | Shiite Muslims

Kuwait mourns 27 killed in IS attack on Shiite mosque
  • Injuring an additional 200, Friday’s attack on the Imam Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City was claimed by the Islamic State’s Wilayat of Najd division, which was also responsible for similar recent attacks in Saudi Arabia.
  • Kuwait has largely been shielded from the sectarian strife that has permeated the region, but the Shia community has felt it would only be a matter of time before violence arrived in Kuwait.
  • Saudi and Bahraini Shiites joined thousands of Kuwaitis who attended the funeral ceremonies.

“We had sectarianism before Syria. There were examples, even in parliament, of language that was very strong. We had tensions, but there was no violence. No attacks. No bombing.”

Read the full story at Reuters.

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Tunisia News | International Visitors

Gunman murders 39, wounds 38 at popular tourist hotel in largest terror attack in Tunisian history
  • Armed with an assault rifle, 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on the beach, in the corridors, and in the offices of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse.
  • His stated aim was to attack the tourists, with 15 Britons identified so far among the dead and 1 Irish.
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Tunisia’s PM described the incident as a “lone wolf” attack.

“These were innocent holidaymakers, relaxing and enjoying time with their friends and families. … Like the victims in France and Kuwait yesterday, they did not pose a threat to anybody. These terrorists murdered them because the terrorists oppose people and countries who stand for peace, tolerance and democracy wherever they are in the world. But these terrorists will not succeed.”

Read the full story at the New York Times and BuzzFeed.

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