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Princess Haya, Dubai ruler’s wife, urges UK court to grant a forced marriage protection order

Princess Haya, Dubai ruler’s wife, urges UK court to grant a forced marriage protection orderPrincess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the youngest wife of the multi-billionaire ruler of Dubai, has urged a British court to protect one of her ­children by granting a forced marriage ­protection order. The Jordanian princess, who fled to Britain in May with her two children “in fear for her life”, is fighting an ­application from her husband, Sheikh Mohammed, for the “summary return” of the youngsters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Jordanian princess is also seeking a non-molestation order, a process normally used to protect someone who claims they have been subjected to ­domestic violence. However, the ­details surrounding the order, ­including to whom it applies, cannot be reported. The children are living with their mother in her £85 million home in Kensington, west London. The princess has applied successfully for them to be wards of court, and any decisions about their ­future cannot be made without the approval of the presiding judge, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Courts Division. Princess Haya, 45, attended the first day of the preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. It is the first time she has been seen in public since she left her family home in the Gulf last month. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein attend Derby Day at Ascot in 2016 Credit: David M Benett/Getty In what is likely to be one of the most expensive child welfare cases in British family court history that may reveal how women are treated in the Dubai royal household, Princess Haya sat next to her lawyer, Baroness Shackleton, and stared intently, listening to proceedings. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 70, the founder of the Godolphin horse racing stable and thought to be worth £9 billion, is not in court but is represented by Lady Helen Ward, a family and divorce lawyer. He and his estranged wife are both friends with the Queen, due to their shared love of horses. A court order is in place which means the names, ages and gender of their two children and details of the case cannot be reported. However, according to the Government’s website, the “forced marriage protection order” the princess is seeking for one of her children is commonly used to prevent someone “threatened with a forced marriage” leaving the country. The former Olympic equestrian, who became the sheikh’s sixth wife in 2004, was said to have flown on a private jet to Germany, before making her way to the UK. While the exact details of why she left are not known, some have said it stemmed from the earlier treatment of two of the sheikh’s princess daughters who also tried to flee. Princess Latifa, 33, ran away from Dubai last year to try to seek asylum. Princess Haya bint al-Hussein greeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 at Royal Ascot Credit: Jason Dawson However, she was seized off the coast of India by commandos and returned to Dubai. She recorded a video before her capture in which she warned her life was a sham and claimed she had suffered abuse. In December last year, Princess ­Latifa was pictured alongside Mary Robinson, the former president of ­Ireland and friend of Princess Haya, in the Dubai family home in what was largely seen as a publicity stunt. In 2000, Princess Shamsa ran away from her father’s estate near Chobham in Surrey. It is believed she was later abducted and returned to Dubai. It has been claimed Princess Haya, the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, fled Dubai because she learnt “the truth” about Princess Latifa. The sheikh, the vice-president and prime minister of the UAE as well as leader of Dubai, is said to have 23 ­children by his different wives. A poem recently appeared on his ­official Instagram page thought to have been written by him which accused an unnamed woman of “treachery and ­betrayal”. The judge on Tuesday allowed the ­media to report how Princess Haya had applied for wardship of their children, as well as for a forced marriage ­protection order and a non-molestation order. Rejecting an application by Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyers for those details to be subject to reporting restrictions, Sir Andrew ruled that “there is a public ­interest in the public understanding, in very broad terms, proceedings that are before the court.” The hearing continues.



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Trump administration awards $1.7 million family planning grant to anti-abortion group

Trump administration awards $  1.7 million family planning grant to anti-abortion groupThe non-profit Obria Group says the $ 1.7 million award it is receiving from the Trump administration will help fund a chain of crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion and do not offer contraceptives.



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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Justin Trudeau announces Canada will grant asylum to Saudi teen

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Justin Trudeau announces Canada will grant asylum to Saudi teenJustin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will grant asylum to a Saudi Arabian teenager fleeing alleged family abuse. Thailand’s immigration police chief earlier said that Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun had left Bangkok on a flight to South Korea, with a final destination of Toronto. “That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights and to stand up for woman’s rights around the world,” Mr Trudeau said.



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Mark Peterson awarded 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography

Mark Peterson awarded 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic PhotographyThe W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, that Mark Peterson is the recipient of this year’s $ 35,000 Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project, The Past Is Never Dead. Selected from a talented group of nine finalists, Peterson looks at the organizations, political parties and candidates bringing the message of white supremacy to the halls of various state and local governments. …



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Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grantThe troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs.



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Robert Downey Jr. Responds To Claim He 'Wanted To Kill' Hugh Grant

Robert Downey Jr. Responds To Claim He 'Wanted To Kill' Hugh GrantRobert Downey Jr. responded to Hugh Grant’s claim that he “wanted to kill” his former co-star with a classy reply.



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Britain rejects request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status amid reports of Ecuadorean citizenship

Britain rejects request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status amid reports of Ecuadorean citizenshipThe Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status, amid reports the WikiLeaks founder may have received citizenship from the Andean country. Mr Assange, 46, has been living in the London embassy of the south American country for five-and-a-half years after being granted political asylum as he fought sex-related claims in Sweden. Quito said the country was seeking mediation to resolve the impasse. Following reports in Ecuadorean media that Mr Assange may have received citizenship, he posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing an Ecuadorian football shirt on Wednesday. An FCO spokesman said: "The Government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK. "The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter. pic.twitter.com/LB5jzQmJLb— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 10, 2018 "Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice." Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into allegations against Mr Assange, but he still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside the embassy.  He also fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. How long has Assange been in the Ecuadorian embassy? Reuters found an entry for "Julian Paul Assange" in Ecuador's Civil Registry, which only includes Ecuadorean citizens. A spokeswoman for the registry declined to comment when asked if Mr Assange had been granted citizenship. Ecuador's foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said: "No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out." A United Nations panel concluded in 2016 that Mr Assange was under arbitrary detention. Profile | Julian Assange A statement by Mr Assange's legal team said: "The UN ruling, issued almost two years ago, is crystal clear in its language. Mr Assange is unlawfully and arbitrarily detained by the UK authorities and must be released. "The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to 'take down' Mr Assange."



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Myanmar to grant families access to two Reuters journalists after remand period expires: media

Myanmar to grant families access to two Reuters journalists after remand period expires: mediaTwo Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, according to local media reports. Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in detention for 11 days in an undisclosed location and have had no access to their families, lawyers or colleagues. The authorities are investigating whether they violated the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which has a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.



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'Sesame Street' Wins $100 Million Grant To Create Programming For Refugee Children

'Sesame Street' Wins $  100 Million Grant To Create Programming For Refugee ChildrenThe nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street” has been awarded a $ 100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the largest of its kind, to create programming for children displaced by Syria’s civil war.



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This Was the Battle Ulysses S. Grant Hoped He 'Would Not Fight Again'

This Was the Battle Ulysses S. Grant Hoped He 'Would Not Fight Again'“Lee’s army is really whipped,” declared Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck on May 26, 1864. A battle with them outside of entrenchments cannot be had.” Thwarted by the Army of Northern Virginia at the North Anna River, Grant was preparing to swing around Robert E. Lee’s right flank again and push southeast. Lee then would have no choice but to leave his entrenchments at North Anna and attempt to stop the Federal forces from reaching Richmond, probably along the Chickahominy River.



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