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January 14, 2019 4:47 PM BREXIT WARNING: Airlines told to URGENTLY prepare for no deal ahead of vote on May's plan

BRUSSELS has warned the remaining 27 European Union countries that they must urgently explain how their airline licenses comply with the bloc’s rules on ownership or face losing their rights to fly after Brexit. In a letter sent last week, Violeta Bulc, the EU commissioner responsible for transport, revealed not every national government had set out detailed 173

January 14, 2019 6:35 AM 'Browbeaten' Carlos Ghosn being mistreated in Japanese jail, says wife

Mr Ghosn is kept in an unheated cell, lost almost seven pounds and is given only rice and barley to eat, his wife claims. In a nine-page letter, Carole Ghosn said: "My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system". Japanese authorities arrested Carlos Ghosn on 19 November and charged him with under-reporting his income by about 154

January 11, 2019 3:36 PM Out Texas lawmakers form state’s first LGBT caucus

Five out Democrats in Texas have formed the first LGBT+ caucus in the state’s legislature. The five lawmakers came together to launch the first official LGBT+ caucus, which will fight for equal rights in the traditionally-conservative, Republican-controlled state. The LGBT+ caucus will be chaired by state representative Mary González, who was only the second 129

January 10, 2019 8:43 PM Kevin Fret dead: Latin trap star dies age 24 after being shot in Puerto Rico

KEVIN FRET - the openly gay Latin Trap artist - has died after reportedly being shot early this morning. Kevin Fret, who campaigned for gay rights, is dead after being shot and killed in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Billboard has reported. The 24-year-old is believed to have been on a motorcycle when he was shot at around 5.30am. The Latin trap star is said to have later 134

January 10, 2019 7:45 PM Manchester Pride adopts Pride flag with black and brown stripes

Manchester Pride has chosen an official flag which includes black and brown stripes alongside the original rainbow. The 2019 Manchester Pride Festival will use a design with eight stripes which was originally flown outside Philadelphia’s City Hall in 2017, instead of Gilbert Baker‘s classic flag. Mark Fletcher, the chief executive of Manchester Pride 126

January 10, 2019 10:56 AM Colombian football chair calls women’s game a ‘lesbian breeding ground’

The president of a Colombian football club has apologised after he described a women’s game as a “lesbian breeding ground” and suggested that female players are alcoholics. Gabriel Camargo, the chair of Deportes Tolima, said he didn’t mean to cause offence with his remarks about lesbians, reports France 24. “I declare it wasn’t my intention to offend 158

January 9, 2019 10:01 AM BREXIT WARNING: British Airways owner's no-deal plans DO NOT WORK, says Brussels

EUROPEAN Union officials have warned British Airways’ owner IAG that plans to keep planes flying in the event of a no-deal Brexit do not work and risk seriously impacting the firm. IAG, which also owns Spanish carrier Iberia, is yet to carry out changes recommended by Brussels in order to navigate the challenges of Brexit which could see their planes 161

January 8, 2019 7:23 PM Kim Jong-un EXPOSED: North Korea defector reveals escaping BRUTAL ‘concentration camp’

KIM Jong-un’s brutal prison camps were exposed by a North Korea defector during a Google Tech Talk, who compared them to Hitler’s concentration camps. North Korean’s can be sentenced to hard labour for trying to escape the country or simply speaking out against the regime. Conditions inside these facilities are said to be unsanitary and life-threatening 169

January 8, 2019 7:10 AM Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR 'grateful' Saudi woman not deported

The UN's refugee agency has said it is "very grateful" that officials in Thailand did not deport an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and had barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. She said she feared her family would kill her as she had renounced 127

January 5, 2019 11:15 PM Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces - cases where men end a marriage without telling their 122