A former Indian minister has lost a defamation case against a journalist, in a ruling with huge implications for the country’s #MeToo movement. MJ Akbar was accused by Priya Ramani and several other women of alleged “predatory conduct”. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that “a woman cannot be punished for raising her voice against sexual abuse”.
Ferocious winter weather sweeping across large parts of the central and southern US has brought record-breaking cold temperatures, left millions without power and killed at least 21 people across multiple states. The worst power outages were in Texas, where more than 4m homes and businesses remained without power on Tuesday in subfreezing temperatures. Elsewhere more than 250,000 people also lost power across parts of Appalachia, and 4 million people lost power in Mexico.
Unidentified gunmen attacked a secondary school in Nigeria’s Niger state early on Wednesday and abducted many students, the state governor’s spokeswoman said. It was not immediately clear who had taken them. While the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and a branch of Islamic State are active in northern Nigeria, kidnappings by other armed groups – mostly for ransom – are also common.
A terrified daughter of the ruler of Dubai begged for help from being held “hostage” by her father in disturbing recordings that have been released after her supporters lost contact with her. Princess Latifa Al Maktoum made the whispered pleas for help in a series of clandestine videos recorded on a phone that was smuggled to her in her villa “prison” in the Kingdom, the Free Latifah support group said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in state media for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, joining her husband at a concert on one of the country’s biggest holidays. Ri had often accompanied Kim to major public events, but had not been seen since January last year at an event for the Lunar New Year holiday, stoking speculation over her health and potential pregnancy.