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Phoenix TV journalists file harassment lawsuit in New York

Two employees of Hong Kong-based Phoenix television and a job applicant filed suit Tuesday against the company in New York after allegations of sexual harassment against its former bureau chief. Attorneys for the women accused Phoenix of employing Liu Zhengzhu as head of operations in the United States for more than a decade despite being aware of sexual harassment allegations against him. The lawsuit comes after previous legal claims against Liu, including one filed by a former intern in New York, and a separate action filed by four former employees in Washington.

Uganda parliament opens athletics sex abuse probe

Uganda's parliament has opened a probe into the alleged sex abuse of elite female runners from the national team by a top coach, calling the affair a "national shame". The east African nation, an emerging distance running power that has been trying to take on regional rivals Kenya and Ethiopia, has been gripped by the scandal for nearly a month. According to officials and local media reports, female runners were subjected to sexual harassment and abuse while participating in a training camp to prepare for last month's Africa Cross-country Championships.

Extradition decision delayed in so-called 'honour killing' case in B.C.

VANCOUVER - A judge has delayed releasing his decision on whether the mother and uncle of a B.C. woman who police believe was murdered in a so-called "honour killing" will be extradited to India. Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu was found stabbed to death in Punjab in June 2000, and her mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha, are charged with murder and conspiracy in India. The Crown alleged the mother and uncle orchestrated the murder because the 25-year-old woman married a poor rickshaw driver in India rather than the wealthy older man they preferred.

Former UK parliament speaker cleared of sex assaults

The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men. Nigel Evans, 56, had been accused of using his "powerful" political influence to take advantage of the men. But a jury at Preston Crown Court in northwest England found Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.

Tunisia seeks tougher sentences for rapist policemen

Tunisia's public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on Monday for two policemen jailed for rape, and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking tougher sentences. The prosecution insists on characterising the facts as "sex under duress with the threat of violence, under Paragraph 227 of the Penal Code, Article 1," his spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP. The article provides for capital punishment but Sliti did not indicate whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

Tunisia seeks death penalty for rapist policemen

Tunisia's public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on Monday for two policemen jailed for rape, and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking the death penalty. "The prosecution relates to the characterisation of the facts as sex under duress with the threat of violence, under Paragraph 227 of the Penal Code, Article 1" which provides for the death penalty, his spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP. There have been no executions in the North African country, birthplace of the Arab Spring, since the early 1990s.

RCMP in Nova Scotia apologize to woman after voice mail comments about abuse

HALIFAX - The commander of the RCMP in Nova Scotia has issued an apology to a Parrsboro-area woman after a report that a Mountie left a voice mail message on her phone making light of her domestic assault complaint. RCMP Chief Supt. Brian Brennan said Tuesday the comments were unprofessional and unacceptable. "The RCMP has zero tolerance for this type of behaviour," Brennan said. "As the commanding officer, I was extremely disappointed." Brennan said when he heard the comments, his thoughts immediately turned to victims of domestic violence.

Lebanon passes law against domestic violence

Lebanon's parliament on Tuesday passed a law making domestic violence a criminal offence, after a years-long campaign by civil society groups in a sectarian Arab country steeped in conservativism. Large sectors of Lebanese society have traditionally regarded beatings of women and children as religiously and socially acceptable. New York-based Human Rights Watch described the bill as "historic," but pointed to gaps which did not ensure full protection for women.

Italian gets 20 years for hiring men to throw acid in ex-lover's face

An Italian lawyer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Saturday for hiring two men to throw acid on his former girlfriend's face, severely disfiguring her. Lucia Annibali, whose scarred face became the symbol of the fight against femicide and violence against women in Italy, said she was happy with the verdict but "nothing can pay me back for what I've been through". Luca Varani, 37, was found guilty of ordering the attack on Annibali after she discovered he was about to father a child with another woman and left him.

Wisconsin lawmaker charged with sexual assault

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A state lawmaker in Wisconsin ousted weeks ago as a Republican leader of the Assembly over accusations of sexual harassment was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a female aide to a senator in 2011, according to a criminal complaint. Republican Bill Kramer was accused in the criminal complaint of forcibly kissing the female aide and grabbing her breasts after a political event in suburban Milwaukee in April 2011, the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County said.
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