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The court said even though the defendants took advantage of the woman’s drunken state to have forced sex, aggravating circumstances were not applicable because she had voluntarily consumed alcohol. File photograph: Getty Images

Italy’s top court has been widely condemned after it ruled that aggravated circumstances cannot be applied to a rape sentence if the victim voluntaril(...)

Nevada legislature building housing the Nevada state senate and assembly in the state capital Carson City. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Leaving behind the bright lights of Las Vegas and heading north, the long journey through Nevada begins. There is little to interrupt the o(...)

 Anti-corruption campaigner Andrei Nastase,  whose victory in the Chisinau mayoral election has been  annulled, and head of the Action and Solidarity party Maia Sandu: travelled to Strasbourg on Monday to meet EU officials. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldova’s pro-western opposition is urging the EU to impose sanctions on leaders whom they accuse of turning the country into a “dictatorship”, follo(...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I wake up every day and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx.” Photograph: David Dee Delgado/New York Times

At dawn on the day after the election that rocked her world and her party, working on three hours of sleep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walked out of her(...)

US president Donald Trump with supreme court judges Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington last year. File photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the supreme court has given US president Donald Trump an opportunity to shift America’s highest court to the right. (...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx’s pride parade on June 17th: unexpected victory suggests a Democratic establishment removed from its grass roots. Photograph: David Delgado/Reuters

It’s been a difficult week for Democrats. The party began the week on the political high ground, as it continued to bask in the fallout from the Repub(...)

Actor Susan Sarandon  attends a demonstration against the immigration policies of the Trump administration,  on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Susan Sarandon was among 575 women arrested in Washington, DC, on Thursday after they staged a sit-in protest against US president Donald Trump’s zero(...)

Citizens protest in Great National Assembly Square, in front of the Arch of Triumph, after the invalidation of the second round of mayoral elections in Chisinau, Moldova, on Monday. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldovans have taken to the streets after anti-corruption campaigner Andrei Nastase was barred from becoming mayor of their capital, Chisinau, due to (...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (right) and labour minister Luigi Di Maio  ahead of a confidence vote on the government’s programme  on  June 6th, 2018.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank doesn’t do forgiveness. Like the corner shops of old, there should be a sign up in the lobby: “Please don’t ask for (...)

Gavin Newsom, the Democratic former mayor of San Francisco, emerged as the leading contender for the race as the state’s governor.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Democratic candidates are expected to be on the ballot in all but one California congressional district at the midterm US elections in November, after(...)

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