German Catholic women have launched a weeklong boycott by suspending voluntary work in churches. Their protest has crystallized fury over a male-only priesthood and bishops' foot-dragging on sex scandals.
Levels of bullying among female lawyers in the UK are above the international average, according to The International Bar Association (IBA) report. The study found that 62% of female respondents and 41% of male respondents had been bullied in connection with their employment. By comparison, the international averages were 55% and 30% respectively.
About 2,000 people have protested against a church being built on a park square in Yekaterinburg in Russia. Twenty-six people were arrested during Tuesday's clashes and there were further protests on Wednesday. Activists say building St Catherine's Cathedral on the square will destroy one of the city's few green spaces.
Results of the referendum in Switzerland showed that 63.7% of voters nationwide agreed on Sunday to toughen its laws on firearms possession in order to bring it in line with the new European Union legislation on the matter. Switzerland is not an EU member, even though it is linked to the bloc through many bilateral agreements.
Foreign ministers from the Council of Europe, the continent’s chief human rights watchdog, reached an agreement on Friday that opens the way for Russia to return to the Council of Europe, resolving a dispute that began after Moscow’s seizure of Crimea. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Josef Maas supported the necessity to allow Russians file complaints to the European Court of Human Rights that they would otherwise lose if Russia leaves the organisation.
More than 60,000 people have signed the petitions launched by pupils in Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg and Saarland, as well as in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. The students call on the Ministry of Culture to adapt the scoring system for the maths section of the exam so that it matches the difficulty level.
Russian Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe Ivan Saltanovsky said that if Russia does not find a compromise on the membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Moscow will consider all possible scenarios.
The new law requires that internet service providers in Russia unplug from foreign servers. It also calls for the creation of a national domain system that would allow the country to stay online if it was ever cut off from the global internet.
More than 100 different demonstrations swept through Russia’s streets on May 1, and more than 120 participants were arrested in nine cities. More than 60 of those arrests took place in St. Petersburg.