There’s been a negative response to a speech by the British Prime Minister Teresa May on Brexit. She offered members of parliament what she called one last chance to deliver Brexit by approving her EU withdrawal bill. Mrs. May presented a series of concessions, including giving MPs the chance to vote on whether there should be a referendum to approve the deal.
Abortion rights activists have taken part in coordinated rallies across the US to protest against several states passing tough laws to restrict terminations. The Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told the crowd outside the Supreme Court in Washington that republican-controlled states were waging a war against women’s rights.
The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson says it’s been ordered to pay at least $25 million to a woman who alleges that she got cancer through the use of the company’s talc-based products. Johnson &Johnson faces more than 14,000 such claims. The company says its products are safe.
Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has appeared in court at the start of a corruption trial. Ms. Fernandez is accused of taking bribes from construction firms in exchange for inflated government contracts. She says the case is politically motivated.
Two far-right groups in Hungary have demonstrated against Roma people in a town in the center of the country. The several hundred protesters were not allowed to march through the Roma part of town. Romas gathered in their neighborhood to defend their homes against possible attacks.
For the first time, an author from the Gulf has won the Man Booker International Prize. Jokha Alharthi from Oman won the award for her novel Celestial Bodies. The Man Booker International Prize celebrates translated fictions from around the world. The $64,000 prize is shared between author and translator.