1. Wellcome Collection excoriated over use of term “womxn”
The Wellcome Collection has apologised after facing criticism for its decision to promote an event aimed at “womxn”.
Material for Daylighting events, a four-day programme that aims to “challenge archives, change narratives and amplify new voices” sought to open a discussion on “how womxn can challenge existing archives.”
After being challenged the museum tweeted on Tuesday: “We’ve had some questions about why we’re using the word womxn for this event. We’re using it because we feel that it is important to create a space/venue that includes diverse perspectives. It was agreed during our conversations with collaborators as the programme developed.”
PLUS: Transgender footballer, Sophie Cook, interviewed on BBC Newsnight about use of term “womxn”:
2. Egypt to give legal status to 120 unlicensed churches
An Egyptian presidential committee tasked with reviewing the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship is set to legalise 120 unlicensed churches in the country, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
This latest decision will bring the total number of unlicensed churches to receive legal status to 340 since Egypt passed a law easing regulations on church building in 2016.
The presidential committee is headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and its members include Minister of Legislative Councils Omar Shahin and Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Sharawy, as well as representatives from different state institutions.
3. Prison service apologises for sending transgender rapist to all-female jail where he sexually assaulted inmates; he is sent to a MEN's prison for life
The prison service has apologised after a transgender sex offender was placed in an all-female prison and went on to sexually assault two women inmates.
Karen White was born a man but - despite having a history of sex attacks - was placed in women's prison HMP New Hall after telling authorities of his identification as a woman.
While in the women's prison, “predator” White sexually assaulted two female inmates.
Prosecutors said White- who appeared in court via video link wearing a patterned blouse and glasses with shoulder-length blond hair- used a “transgender persona” to gain access to vulnerable females.
The 52-year-old- who was previously convicted in 2001 for indecent assault and gross indecency with a child- has now been ordered to serve a life sentence for the jail sex attacks and two rapes carried out when he was still a man.
4. Far-Left Anarchists Removed From Occupied Church They Used To Help Illegal Migrants
Fifteen far-left anarchists from Italy and France were removed from a church on the French-Italian border where they were believed to have sheltered and helped illegal immigrants.
The anarchists had occupied the church in the Italian border town of Claviere in the Susa valley since April and had been using the building as a shelter for migrants attempting to cross the border illegally from Italy into France, Il Giornale reports.
Italian Carabinieri raided the church and forcibly evicted the far-left activists earlier this week and also found two illegal migrants who were sheltering in the church.
The eviction of the pro-mass migration activists comes months after parish priest Angelo Bettoni had complained about the occupation of the church and filed a formal complaint. The process was sped up by the Interior Ministry which recently set its sights on clearing out illegally occupied buildings under a new decree from populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
Claviere, police and carabinieri clear the church occupied by migrants and supporters:
The police arrived at dawn in Claviere, in the upper Susa Valley, to evacuate the church premises that had become the point of support for migrants who wanted to leave the country illegally in France. A few months ago, the parish priest of Claviere, don Angelo Bettoni, had filed a complaint and from there the process was started for the eviction, accelerated by the circular of the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini who had asked to empty the buildings occupied around the Italy. . .a care of Alessandro Contaldo
5. HATE CRIME HOAX: Ohio University Student Charged After Claiming She Received Death Threats. She Sent Them To Herself
The latest in a long string of hate-crime hoaxes comes from Ohio, where a woman claimed she received death threats — only for police to discover she sent the threats to herself.
Anna Ayers, a journalism major and a member of the Student Senate at Ohio University, claimed she found two of the threatening notes — one of which contained a death threat — in her desk drawer at her office in the Student Senate Office. She said she also found a “hateful, harassing” message at her residence that used a derogatory term in reference to her being a member of the LGBT community, according to the student newspaper The Post Athens.
“You may find me revolting and worthy of a threat on my life, but in reality, it is your beliefs that are repulsive,” Ayers said during her speech in the senate. “You need to get this through your head, you f***ing a**hole: I am proud to be who I am, and nothing you could say or do will ever change that.”
On Monday, Ayers was arrested by OU police for sending the threats to herself. She was charged with making three false reports to police. A false report of this nature is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. She faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge. Considering how previous hate-crime hoaxes have been treated, she won’t receive anything close to that.
6. UN set to lambaste France for its “discriminatory” 2010 burqa ban
The UN Human Rights Committee is set to rule that France's 2010 law which forbids people from concealing their face in public is “discriminatory” and “goes against religious freedom,” the French media has revealed.
In 2010, France's controversial burqa ban made headlines around the world, and it may be about to hit the front pages again.
The UN Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) will shortly reveal its conclusion that the law, which forbids people from concealing their face in public - goes against “religious freedom” and is “discriminatory against women,” French media has reported.
7. Move like Macron! French president and Trudeau dance the night away in Yerevan
French President Emmanuel Macron and French First Lady Brigitte Macron got carried away by the rhythms of the evening, dancing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Yerevan, Thursday.
8. Passengers Help Man Getting Off A Plane As He Resists Deportation
Passengers help screaming man get kicked off a plane at Heathrow as he resists being deported by Home Office officials 'to Somalia'
Related: Man who passengers stopped being deported on their flight from Heathrow is "foreign criminal convicted of serious offences who was being sent back to Somalia" by the Home Office
9. Australian Cleric: Women Shouldn't "Put Themselves Out" If They Don't Want Privacy Invaded Sexually
Australian cleric Nassim Abdi delivered two lectures in which he spoke about women, modesty, and the sin of fornication. In the first lecture, titled 'Modesty… Or A Lack Thereof!' and uploaded to YouTube on April 20, Abdi criticized men who allow their female family members to 'beautify themselves.'
10. Helmets no longer mandatory for turban-wearing Sikh motorcyclists in Alberta
Effective April 12, 2018, Sikhs over the age of 18 will be permitted to operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet in Alberta.
The exemption follows similar amendments to traffic safety acts in British Columbia and Manitoba.
“The Sikh community has urged us to grant this exemption in recognition of its civil rights and religious expression,” said Brian Mason, Alberta's Minister of Transportation in a statement. “Our government is committed to these principles.”