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In France, sex with an 11-year-old is legal — for now

© Christophe Ena, AP A Nov. 14, 2017, photo of an activist holding a banner reading: “For him impunity, for her a life sentence” during a protest in Paris. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet provoked consternation by suggesting a legal minimum age of 13 for sexual consent “is worth considering.” PARIS — As a campaign to crack down on sexual harassment intensifies, France is considering doing something long ago adopted in other Western nations: setting a minimum age of consent for having sex. Currently, it is lawful here to have sexual relations with minor children so long as they consent.  “We want the irrefutable presumption that a minor cannot agree to engage in sex with an adult,” said Catherine Brault, a lawyer who defends child victims in Paris. The measure is p...

Top Trump staffers failed to file financials on way out the door

© Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS Steve Bannon attends a listening session with manufacturing CEOs on February 23, 2017, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s top aides – including chief of staff Reince Priebus and foreign policy adviser Sebastian Gorka – failed to file legally required financial reports after they were dismissed this summer, according to government records. In total, at least four senior White House staffers have not filed termination reports, which outline their financial activity while serving in the White House. They include Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who served as senior director for intelligence programs for the National Security Council for seven months, and Middle East adviser Derek H...

Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family sue police

Image copyright AFP Image caption Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home on 16 October The family of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta have filed a lawsuit against the police for allegedly failing to carry out an impartial investigation. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family want the senior officer overseeing the investigation to be removed. They say there is a potential conflict of interest because Silvio Valletta is married to a government minister. Caruana Galizia was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption. Officials say she was killed by a remotely detonated car bomb near her home in Bidnija, a village in northern Malta, on 16 October. Malta’s anti-corruption warrior Her reporting had targeted Mr Valletta, t...

Czech ex-PM’s mistress guilty of setting spies on love rival

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jana Nagyova-Necasova was Petr Necas’s most senior aide A Czech court has found the wife of a former prime minister guilty of illegally using military intelligence officers to spy on his first wife. The court handed a two-year suspended jail sentence to Jana Nagyova-Necasova, who in 2012 was chief of staff to PM Petr Necas – and his lover. The intelligence officers gathered information on Mr Necas’s then wife, Radka, whom he was divorcing. The judge said Nagyova was motivated by a “profound hatred” of her rival. She said Nagyova had abused her position as the chief of staff to a “submissive” Mr Necas. The scandal contributed to the downfall of Mr Necas’s centre-right government in 2013. He married Nagyova onl...

PNG police enter Manus asylum centre, Australia confirms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have refused to leave the closed detention centre Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave, the Australian government has confirmed. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was shut down on 31 October, citing fears for their safety. On Thursday, multiple men inside centre reported that PNG police had given them a one-hour deadline to leave the camp. Australia said it was a PNG operation. Under a controversial policy, Australia has detained asylum seekers who arrive by boat in camps on Manus Island and Nauru, a small Pacific nation. Australia shut down the Manus Island centre after ...

Facebook says it will let its users know if they liked Russian-linked propaganda

Facebook announced they are making a portal that will allow users to find out if they liked pages or followed Instagram accounts made by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian internet company that was outed as a troll farm after the 2016 election. The portal will provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election. “This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy,” Facebook wrote in a press release announcing the tool. It will not show specific ads or posts that users may have seen. It will only show the pages and accounts a user has liked or followed that have been linked to Russi...

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade under tight security

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Watch KZ Tandingan Throw a Surprise Wedding for Her Parents’ 25th Anniversary

Billboard Philippines chart-topper KZ Tandingan went big to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her parents, and it was all a surprise. Five years ago, when Tandingan graduated from college, her parents had their wedding rings melted to be made into a college ring as a gift for her. “It broke my heart that my parents took off the symbol of their marriage just to be able to give me a ring, a ring I didn’t ask for,” Tandingan said in a statement. “I promised myself, I would work hard and make sure I give them wedding rings in the future.” In celebration of their 25th year, Tandingan gave them new rings and threw them a surprise wedding in Davao on her father’s birthday. Watch the heartwarming video here:

On Trump’s Thanksgiving menu: Grievances and calls for gratitude — for him

President Trump pardons Drumstick the turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) PALM BEACH, Fla. — This Thanksgiving, President Trump doesn’t seem to be thankful for very much — and seems frustrated that Americans aren’t expressing more gratitude for him. At a time when many reflect on the blessings in their lives and help those in need, the president has thanked himself for the booming stock market and promised to cut welfare programs. He has demanded more credit for the release of three college basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China — tweeting Wednesday that “IT WAS ME” who got them out — and called the father of one of the players an “ungrateful fool.” He also revived the controversy over football players who kneel ...

See what Melania Trump has been wearing as first lady

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Trump’s team insists he has a ‘full schedule’ an hour before he goes golfing

President Trump has long believed that there is no point in doing any physical exercise, but he makes an exception for golf. The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher explains why. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) President Trump is at Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Fla., for the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, a day that can generally be fairly described as low-key for most people. In fact, you’re not even reading this right now; you’re driving to a relative’s house or you’re trying to remember what you need to get at the grocery store. “Low-key” is also how deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters described the day to the press pool Wednesday morning. Trump would make a few calls this week, she said, but otherwise not much going on. ...

Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump to pack the courts

Conservatives have a new court-packing plan, and in the spirit of the holiday, it’s a turducken of a scheme: a regulatory rollback hidden inside a civil rights reversal stuffed into a Trumpification of the courts. If conservatives get their way, President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325). American law will never be the same. The “outer turkey” in the plan is the ongoing Trumpification of the courts. In the final two years of Obama’s presidency, Senate Republicans engaged in tenacious obstruction to leave as many judicial vacancies unfilled as possible. The Garland-to-Gorsuch Supreme Court switch is the most visible example of this tactic but far from the only one: Due to GOP obstruc...