Accidental legalisation of drugs in Ireland
More than 100 drugs including ecstasy, ketamine and magic mushrooms have been legalised in Ireland. Officials are planned to call emergency legislation tonight, leaving a 24 hour gap between now and the time that the legislation goes into effect. Over 125 drugs have not been effected by the fault and are still considered illegal drugs. These include, cocaine, cannabis and heroin.
Female Lebanese host shuts down interview
Lebanese journalist Rima Karaki made international news for cutting an interview with London-based scholar Hani Al Seba’i after he stated that it was “beneath him to be interviewed by a woman”. After being told by Ms Karaki to move on to the next topic, Al Seba’i became enraged and started to lash out at the television host. “Are you done? Shut up so I can talk,” Al Seba’i said. The interview quickly became a trending topic on popular social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. The video went viral on Sunday, International Women’s Day, sparking debate around the world with some siding with the Lebanese journalist and others who did not appreciate her stance.
Ivory Coast sentences former first lady
A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced its former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, to 20 years imprisonment after the 2011 post-election crisis in which 3000 people were killed. Gbagbo was tried along with 82 accomplices connected to ex-president Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo’s son was also convicted for five years for his involvement. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is also seeking Gbagbo for alleged crimes against humanity. Gbagbo’s civil rights will be suspended for at least 10 years. – Kayla Burke
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