Turkey abandons child marriage bill following outrage

Turkish women protest against a proposed government project in Istanbul on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Updated 23 November 2016

Turkey abandons child marriage bill following outrage

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s justice minister says his government has abandoned a proposal which critics said would have allowed men accused of sexually abusing underage girls to go free.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had said the government had pulled back the highly controversial measure from the parliament floor and would submit it for a review by an all-party committee.
But Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the government had now shelved the proposal and that it would come back on its agenda in the future only if all parties can reach a consensus.
Bozdag said: “the issue has been closed.”


Marine monitor reports departure of Iran tanker after Gibraltar rejects US demand

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Marine monitor reports departure of Iran tanker after Gibraltar rejects US demand

  • Gibraltar authorities have not confirmed the tanker's departure

GIBRALTAR: The Iranian oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic dispute departed from Gibraltar late Sunday after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel.
According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertanker which had been detained since July 4 off the coast of Gibraltar lifted anchor Sunday evening and started sailing south.
Authorities in Gibraltar have not confirmed its departure.