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Mexico Supreme Court rules pot use is constitutional right

mexico court rules pot use a rightSmoking marijuana is a basic human right. That extraordinary argument swayed Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, when it ruled that a federal health law prohibiting cannabis cultivation and personal use violates the constitution — an unprecedented decision that may trigger similar court appeals and pressure the country’s congress to weigh widespread legalization of the drug.

In a landmark interpretation of drug laws widely blamed for violence that has claimed thousands of lives in Mexico, a panel of five judges ruled in favor of a nonprofit marijuana club — the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Autoconsumption, or SMART — which argued that the health law violates the right to the “free development of one’s personality.”


Justin Trudeau sworn in as new Canada prime minister

Trudeau sworn inCanada's new leader, Justin Trudeau, has been sworn in as prime minister, ending 10 years of Conservative rule.
His ascension marks a new era of Liberal politics after an election that saw Stephen Harper's party ousted.

Mr Trudeau, 43, follows in the footsteps of his father who held the office for nearly two decades. The move could see an increase in public spending, better relations with the US and an increase in the number of Syrian refugees being taken in.


Cargo plane crashes in South Sudan killing dozens on board, ground

cargo plane crahes south sudanA cargo plane carrying passengers crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in South Sudan's capital of Juba, killing at least 41 people both on board the plane and on the ground, airport officials have told Al Jazeera.

Police on Wednesday were pulling the bodies of men, women and children out of the wreckage of the Russian-built Antonov cargo plane, which smashed into a farming community on an island on the White Nile River.


Vatican inspectors suspect key office was used for money laundering

vatican department suspected of money launderingVatican financial investigators suspect a department of the Holy See which oversees real estate and investments was used in the past for possible money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation, according to a report seen by Reuters.

The information in the confidential document, which covers the period from 2000 to 2011, has been passed on to Italian and Swiss investigators for their checks because some activity tied to the accounts allegedly took place in these countries, a senior Vatican source said.


Israel passes 'minimum sentence' for stone-throwers

stone thrower penalties raised in IsraelNew legislation establishes three-year minimum sentence and will also punish parents of children convicted of offence.

Israel has passed an amendment to the country's civil law establishing a minimum prison sentence of three years for people who throw rocks at Israeli troops, civilians or vehicles.


Vatican arrests ex-members of Francis' reform body over alleged leaks

Vatican leaksA monsignor and a woman who had served on a financial reform commission set up by Pope Francis have been arrested in the probe of yet another leak of confidential information and documents, the Vatican said Monday.

A statement from the Holy See's press office said that Vatican prosecutors on Monday upheld the arrests of the two, who had been interrogated over the weekend. It identified the woman as Francesca Chaouqui and the monsignor as the Rev. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda. The monsignor is still a Vatican employee while Chaouqui had served on a commission that had been set up by Pope Francis in 2013 as part of his drive to reform the Holy See's finances. Vallejo Balda had also served on the commission, now defunct.


Six infants drown as migrant boat capsizes off Greek island

infants drown in AgaenEleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday.

Fifteen others were rescued when the six-meter boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.


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