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Inbox African Cup of Nations in South Africa India rape laws under scrutiny The aftermath of the violent rape and murder in December 2012 of a 23-year-old woman in Dehli has made India – and the place of women in Indian society – front-page news across the world. Protestors, male and female, at all levels of Indian society, have spoken out against the systematic mistreatment of women in the country, which has recently been named the worst of the G20 nations for women to live. The woman’s attackers have been charged and will be tried in a new fast- track court set up specifically to deal with this kind of crime. This innovation responds to one of the most frequent criticisms, that the justice system is National teams from 16 countries will compete in the 2013 African Cup of Nations too slow to punish violence against women. Social pressure on women to The 29th African Cup of Nations is due The 16 teams compete in any of five remain virgins until marriage means to be held in South Africa in late Janu- cities in South Africa with the final ex- that the vast majority of rapes go ary to early February 2013 in an annual pected to be held in Johannesburg on 10 unreported; those women who do come tournament that brings together national February. The host team South Africa au- forward are often met with insensitive football teams from across the continent. tomatically qualified as top seed in Group and inappropriate treatment by the The Senegalese side was disqualified A where they are joined by Morocco, authorities. Those campaigning in the in October 2012 after rioting forced the Angola and Cape Verde. Commentators wake of this tragedy are attempting to referees to end their match against Cote expect Group D to be the most competi- change attitudes towards culpability d’Ivoire prematurely. The Nigerian ‘Su- tive with neighbours Tunisia and Algeria in rape cases, shifting the blame from per Eagles’ have qualified this year after competing along with Cote d’Ivoire and women to men; others are calling for failing to make the final rounds of the Togo. The 2012 contest culminated in a tougher laws and punishments to be 2012 competition and will initially face dramatic win for Zambia who had not put in place. Burkina Faso and Zambia in Group C. qualified for the final since 1994. Martian meteorite found in Morocco Malala Yousafzai The discovery of an unusual, dark Mar- survives shooting has sparked debate in the scientific com- by the TalibandesertMoroccantheinmeteorite tian munity. Rocks falling from Mars are cat- Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl egorised in three groups called Shergotty, shot by the Taliban on grounds of ‘pro- Nakhla and Chassigny in reference to their defining specimens, but Northwest Africa moting secularism’ in October 2012 has (NWA) 7034, nicknamed ‘Black Beauty’, survived her attack after receiving treat- has led some to call for a new category to ment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in be created. Birmingham, UK. Malala has been in The specimen, discovered in 2011, the public eye since, aged just 11, she was donated to the University of New started an account of her experiences of Mexico where two years of study have living under the Taliban for BBC Urdu. thrown up unique features in both its Increased publicity following the attack chemical composition and age, esti- has proved a double-edged sword bring- mated at around 2 billion years. It is not ing both threats and praise for Malala the oldest Mars rock to fall to Earth; a and her family from around the world. sample thought to date back 4.5 billion The Yousayzai family are set to remain years is already known to science. Such in the UK following the appointment of specimens are traded on a specialist mar- NASA has reported that the meteorite, found in the her father, Ziaududdin Yousafzai, to the ket and can fetch high prices of tens of Sahara in 2011 and nicknamed “Black Beauty”, is post of education attaché at the Consu- thousands of dollars. from Mars late of Pakistan in Birmingham. 10 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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