Are Europe’s rape laws letting women down? – BBC News

Women across Europe have taken to the streets over the past year to demand their governments do more to protect them from sexual violence. Their anger was fuelled by two high-profile Spanish cases, which have forced countries to question how they prosecute rape. A minority of countries in Europe base their legal definition of rape on a lack of consent. In others, rape must involve some sort of violence or threat. But pressure is growing on this to change. The Nine’s Europe correspondent Jean Mackenzie explains. Produced by Sara Monetta,…

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Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

Participants in a WenDo class in Minsk, 2020. Photo (c): Hanna Liubakova. Used with permission. On an early Saturday morning some 15 women gather in one of the ubiquitous, grey, three-story buildings in the outskirts of Minsk, capital of Belarus. There are coffee and snacks to grab, and chairs are already evenly placed in a circle. The spacious room where we meet is a gym in its everyday life, but we aren’t here to get into shape. The next two days will be part martial arts lessons, part support group. This…

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Taal volcano: Lava spews as ‘hazardous eruption’ feared – BBC News

A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava, as authorities warn that a “hazardous eruption” is possible “within hours or days”. In the early hours of Monday, a weak flow of lava began seeping out of Taal volcano – located some 70km (45 miles) south of the capital Manila. It comes after it emitted a huge plume of ash, triggering the mass evacuation of 8,000 people from the area. Taal is the Philippines’ second most active volcano. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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