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Monday briefing: India to potentially throw out colonial-era law criminalising gay sex

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Other top stories include a possible win for LGBTQ rightsin India, the Golden Globes gets political, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May to reshuffle her cabinet

Anna Freeman

08 Enero 2018 13:08

LGBTQ in India - India could be on the brink of a major victory for gay rights after the country’s supreme court agreed to revisit a colonial-era law outlawing sex between men. Section 377, modelled on a 16th-century British law, forbids ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal’, and is punishable by life imprisonment. LGBTQ activists in India will hail this as a momentous moment should the section be overturned.

No sex please, we're British? - More than 24,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites in the UK Houses of Parliament since the general election, according to official data. The figure of 24,473 attempts shows about 160 requests per day on average from computers and other devices connected to the parliamentary network – which is used by MPs, peers and staff – between June and October last year.

LGBTQ in India - India could be on the brink of a major victory for gay rights after the country’s supreme court agreed to revisit a colonial-era law outlawing sex between men. Section 377, modelled on a 16th-century British law, forbids ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal’, and is punishable by life imprisonment. LGBTQ activists in India will hail this as a momentous moment should the section be overturned.

Avoiding a cultural ‘invasion’ - Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion.

Award night politicisation - Moving speeches about Hollywood's sexual abuse scandal dominated the 75th Golden Globe Awards. It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony since the film industry was hit by sexual harassment scandals, with stars wearing black to show solidarity with victims. Oprah Winfrey said ‘a new day is on the horizon’ as she collected an honorary award.

Reshuffle, again - Theresa May will today carry out her new year’s Cabinet reshuffle in a bid to reassert her authority after the disastrous election result last summer. Despite pressure to sack either Chancellor Philip Hammond or Boris Johnson, all the most senior ministers are now expected to remain in their posts.

Going commando - There may be a huge freeze gripping many parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop some commuters from ditching their pants for the annual ‘No Trousers Tube Ride’. Travellers in cities such as London, Berlin, New York and Chicago braved the cold temperatures to mark an amusing day in the yearly calendar.

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