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Perhaps the most pressing, yet largely overlooked, problem affecting women and girls is the increasing demand to reduce the age of sexual consent to below teenage and the widespread issue of marriage of children of 12 and, even, younger. Many in the developed world ignore it, making the mistaken assumption that this is a problem in undeveloped countries and therefore of no direct relevance to them. In fact, child marriage is legal in far more developed, "Western" countries than readers might imagine.

Since 1997 with the election of the Blair/Brown double act, the UK has increasingly become subjected to presidential-style politics, centralisation of message and a centralised campaign and control that would make Lenin jealous.

Leading that has been the Labour party which has mobilised so-called social media with actual people doing the work that was so effectively performed by e.g. twitterbots in the recent US campaign.

(first published at www.jeffersongalt.com)

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The "international community," whatever that is, should be very concerned by the style of campaigning for and election of a new governor for Jakarta. There is a demonstration as to why there must be a clear separation of powers between parliament, the executive and the courts and why race and religion must be left out of politics. The danger is of widespread disunity and contagion across much of ASEAN.

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Terrence J. McNeil, 24, of Akron, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to five counts of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and five counts of making threatening interstate communications involving his soliciting the murder of members of the U.S. military. The case shows a potential hole in laws around the world.

Don't say that: 

The exact same
for example, I had the exact same thing

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Exactly the same
for example, mine was exactly the same.

We've been asking questions about Vijay Mallya for a very long time and not just in relation to the funding of his Formula One team, now rather less dependent on the group of companies he headed than it once was. Then again, the group isn't what it was, either, despite what it says on e.g. Expedia. Now he's been arrested, in London, the main questions are why has it taken almost a year since India cancelled his passport and asked for him to be sent back.

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Yesterday, Theresa May, the UK's Prime Minister, took pretty much everyone by surprise by announcing that she was calling a "snap election." This means that, today, Parliament will vote for its own dissolution (not, of course, abolition - the two are entirely different) and that this Parliament will end on 3rd May, assuming a two-thirds majority vote in favour. After that date, no parliamentary business, which includes passing of primary and secondary legislation, can occur until the new session. Amongst the measures affected are those relating to EU driven counter-money laundering law and regulation, unless a massively truncated system can, in some way, be applied. Nigel Morris-Cotterill takes us into the world of Washing Up and the importance of lost debate.

When the Department of Justice and others settled criminal proceedings against Western Union there were two special features: one, liability was admitted and two "ensure that its agents around the world will adhere to U.S. Regulatory and [counter-money laundering] standards."

Is this doable while remaining profitable or does the settlement mean inevitable de-risking and closing in some markets?

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Chaudhry NISAR Ali Khan, Pakistan's interior minister, gets a bad press and, like all politicians, some of it is justified. But he's got a horrible job: balancing religious interests, north and south, political interests in various regions, the continued problems resulting from partition first after separation from India and then after Bangladesh voted for independence and huge border problems on almost all sides. His country is a major source and transit country for heroin and other drugs. And there are millions of "Pakistanis" living and working overseas who own political allegiance to the country, but economic and familial allegiance to Bangladesh, or religious allegiance to tribal groups with their own interpretation of Islam. If that's not bad enough, he doesn't even know who's in the country, as he explained this weekend. But he's determined to correct that. And he has a lesson for the EU about migrants.

I don't have a Facebook account, or at least I wouldn't have one if Facebook didn't adopt a fascist approach to me and my data and refuse to let me close the one I stupidly opened several years ago.

But they won't leave me alone, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill

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