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Phoenix Calida International – 7/27/19

Woman jailed for recording her boss’s alleged sexual harassment granted amnesty

(CNN)Indonesian lawmakers have unanimously approved amnesty for a woman who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording her boss’s alleged sexual harassment.

Indonesia’s House of Representatives on Thursday agreed that President Joko Widodo would grant Baiq Nuril Maknun amnesty, according to CNN Indonesia. The decision was greeted by a standing ovation from attendees at the house.
Before the decision was handed down, Deputy Chairperson of the House of Representatives Commission III, Erma Suryani Ranik, told lawmakers she viewed Nuril as a victim, not a perpetrator, according to CNN Indonesia.

UK weather heats up as Europe smashes records

What we covered here

  • Extreme heat: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK all reached record-breaking temperatures this week.
  • Red alert: The heat triggered widespread alerts, brought train networks to a grinding halt and forced nuclear reactors to shutter.
  • Climate crisis: Scientists say climate change is contributing to the frequency and severity of heat waves like this.

4 teens charged in suspected homophobic attack against women on London bus

Four teenage boys have been charged with an aggravated hate crime in connection to a suspected homophobic attack on two women aboard a London night bus earlier this year, police said Thursday.

The two women, both in their 20s, were approached by the group of boys after boarding a double-decker bus in the West Hampstead area of northwest London in the early morning hours of May 30. The boys began making “lewd and homophobic comments” to the couple as they sat on the top deck before attacking them, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

The women were punched several times before the boys ran off the bus. A cellphone and handbag were stolen from one of the women during the assault, police said.

Over 110 migrants missing after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

Libya migrants
Migrants are seen rescued by the Libyan coast guard after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of Khoms, a town east of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Thursday. However, more than 100 people remain missing, and are feared dead. (Ismail Zetouni/Reuters)

About 115 people are missing and feared to have drowned and another 134 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya, a Libyan navy official said on Thursday.

Earlier, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said that up to 150 people were feared dead.

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There were about 250 people on board, mainly from Eritrea and other sub-Saharan Africa and Arab countries, when the boat capsized off the coast near Khoms, east of the capital Tripoli, Libyan navy spokesperson Ayoub Qassem said.

Libya is a hub for migrants and refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats.

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