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Same-sex Marriage Now Legal Throughout Mexico

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Same-sex Marriage Now Legal Throughout Mexico

After the state of Tamaulipas became the last in the mostly Catholic Mexico to approve same-sex marriage, it has become legal throughout the country.

This was disclosed by the local Congress on Wednesday.

The northern border state’s decision ends a 12-year journey toward national marriage equality beginning when the capital Mexico City became the first to celebrate same-sex unions in 2010.

The move was followed by a Supreme Court declaration five years later stating a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional that spurred changes at the state level.

“The Congress of Tamaulipas approved the reforms to article 132 of the Civil Code for the State, to recognize the right to same-sex marriage,” the institution said in a statement.

“There are no first or second-class people, all people should enjoy this right,” said local congresswoman Nancy Ruiz of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), who promoted the reform.

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Marriage equality was approved in seven other states this year — three of them in the last two weeks.

In five of Mexico’s 32 states where marriage equality was established through court orders or governors’ decrees, it is still pending “legislative harmonization,” said political scientist and LGBTQ activist Genaro Lozano.

“But it is already a reality throughout Mexico. Thanks to all the activists and legislators who have supported it over the years,” Lozano tweeted.
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World’s Oldest Primary Pupil Dies

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Priscilla Sitieni ,the world’s oldest primary school pupil is dead

Sitieni, reportedly died after developing a chest complication.

“Gogo has been in good health and attending her classes until three days to her demise when she developed chest pains, which forced her out of school,” he told the newspaper on Thursday.

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“We are thankful for the 100 years of her life. She made all of us proud,” he added.

She was 94 when she persuaded the headmaster of the local school in her village in Kenya’s Rift Valley to admit her, according to UNESCO, which hailed her as “a role model for her community and beyond”.

In an interview with the UN agency last year, she said her aim was to motivate young mothers in Kenya to return to school after having children, instead of dropping out due to shame or fear of social stigma.

“I wanted to show an example not only to them but to other girls around the world who are not in school,” she said.

“Without education, there will be no difference between you and a chicken,” she said.

“Education is your future. Education remains in your head forever and you cannot lose it once you have it.”

Her efforts were documented in a French film titled “Gogo”, which led her to take a plane for the first time last year to visit France and meet first lady Brigitte Macron.

The film’s co-writer Patrick Pessis paid tribute to her on Thursday, tweeting: “Her message about girls’ education lives on.”
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How Trump Endangered My Life, Family – Pence

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About two years after leaving office, erstwhile United Stated Vice President, has revealed how his life and that of his family were endangered by “reckless” comments made by former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, during the invasion of the Capitol Building by Trump supporters.

Pence revealed to ABC’s David Muir in an interview that the ex-president’s words during the insurrection “endangered his life, his family and everyone at the Capitol building” that day.

During the infamous invasion, Pence was in the midst of leading a joint session of Congress when the angry mob broke into the building to prevent Congress from counting the 2020 Electoral College votes and affirming Joe Biden as president-elect.

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In a speech to his supporters shortly before the attack, Trump had urged them to walk to the U.S. Capitol “peacefully” but also added: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

In the interview which held on Sunday but aired late night Monday, Pence said: “The president’s words that day at the rally endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building.”

Trump had insisted that Pence had the authority to overturn the election results but in a statement Pence issued on January 6, the then Vice President said he could not change the outcome of the election.

“The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone.

“And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person can choose the president,” Pence said when asked if he did not antagonize Trump by not carrying out his orders.

Pence has, on different occasions, publicly criticized his former boss several times since the January 6 insurgence.

In February, while addressing The Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian legal organization, Pence called January 6 a “dark day,” and again said that Trump was wrong in claiming he could overturn the election.

 

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BREAKING: Rishi Sunak Becomes UK’s New Prime Minister

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BREAKING: Rishi Sunak Becomes UK’s New Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak will become the United Kingdom’s new prime minister after winning the ruling Conservative Party’s leadership contest triggered by the dramatic resignation of Liz Truss last week.

Sunak’s win on Monday came days after Truss’s resignation following her disastrous tax cuts plans and policy U-turns plunged the markets into chaos. The unprecedented economic crisis drew a rare intervention from the Bank of England.

Sunak was to make his first remarks at 2:30pm (13:30 GMT), according to Party official Graham Brady, whose 1922 committee of Tory MPs organised a rapid leadership election following last week’s resignation of Truss.

He has been left with the task of steering a deeply divided country through an economic downturn set to leave millions of people poorer.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from London, said Sunak is “pretty well placed” despite the challenges ahead.

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“In some ways … some of his paid work has already been done in terms of putting out the fires that Liz Truss created – because, it did cause a storm in the markets,” Simmons said.

Sunak’s only challenger, Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons and former defence minister, was reportedly backed by 30 MPs compared with nearly 150 supporting Sunak.

“This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party,” Mordaunt said in a statement as she withdrew from the race just minutes before the winner was due to be announced. “Rishi has my full support.”

“These are unprecedented times. Despite the compressed timetable for the leadership contest it is clear that colleagues feel we need certainty today,” she said. “They have taken this decision in good faith for the good of the country.”

Sunak and Mordaunt had lost to Truss in an earlier race to appoint a new leader after then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July following a wave of scandals linked to parties entertained during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sunak, a former finance minister, will be Britain’s first leader of color and the first Hindu to take the top job. At 42, he’ll also be the youngest prime minister in more than 200 years.

The multi-millionaire former hedge fund boss will be expected to launch deep spending cuts to try to rebuild Britain’s fiscal reputation, just as the country slides into a recession, dragged down by the surging cost of energy and food.

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He will also inherit a political party that has fractured along ideological lines, a challenge that damaged the fortunes of several former Conservative leaders.

While there were rumours over a Johnson’s comeback over the weekend, he pulled out of the contest on Sunday.

He said late on Sunday that he had secured the backing of 102 legislators and could have been “back in Downing Street”, but that he had failed to persuade either Sunak or the other contender, Mordaunt, to come together “in the national interest”.

“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time,” Johnson said.

The Tories retain a majority in parliament, meaning that as their leader, Sunak will be named prime minister by King Charles III.

Economists have questioned whether Sunak can tackle the country’s finances while holding the party’s multiple warring factions together.

Finance minister Jeremy Hunt – the fourth person in that role in four months – is due to present a budget on October 31 to plug a black hole in the public finances that is expected to have ballooned to up to 40bn pounds.

Conservative political commentator, Alex Deane, said that the last three conservative prime ministers have been brought down by members of their own party.

“So it’s very nice to hear people say good things about our new leader,” Deane told Al Jazeera.

“[Sunak] didn’t have a direct electoral mandate … one of the things he is going to have to do … is preside over a period of relative calm, reassuring the markets, and not doing anything too bold or too rapid,” Deane said.

“One of the things he is likely to do, is to keep Jeremy Hunt as chancellor – he really reassured the markets when he arrived,” he added. “What he can’t do is to compel Tory MPs to demonstrate loyalty to him.”

.Al Jazeera

 

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