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Mixed-faith marriage as a way of life in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – For Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione, religious tolerance is more than just an aspiration. It’s a way of life. Ali al Sayed, local Muslim, prays as his wife Mina Liccione, a Catholic Christian, holds their child at their house in Jebel Ali, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Unusually for a couple in Dubai, theirs is a mixed-faith marriage, with Mina – born a Catholic – choosing not to follow standard practice by converting to Islam when they tied the knot. She…

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Forced marriage: Victims will no longer have to take out loans

Image copyright Getty Images Victims of forced marriages overseas will no longer have to take out loans to pay for their return to the UK. It emerged last week in an investigation by The Times that those unable to cover flights, food and shelter were made to take out an emergency loan. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the policy was changing as victims “may have endured particular suffering”. Existing loans will be written off and the women’s passports returned. Mr Hunt said the Foreign Office would try to get most…

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Forced marriage victims asked to pay rescue costs

Image copyright Getty Images British victims of forced marriages overseas are being asked by the Foreign Office to pay costs associated with their own rescue, it has been revealed. An investigation by the Times found those unable to cover flights, food and shelter were made to take out a loan. The Foreign Office said government rules meant all UK adults in difficulty aboard had to fund their repatriation. But the heads of the Commons’ foreign and home affairs committees have criticised the practice for the women. According to the report…

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Miley Cyrus confirms marriage to Liam Hemsworth

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple met on the set of the 2010 film The Last Song US pop star Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to Australian actor and long-standing partner Liam Hemsworth. She shared images from the ceremony, reported to have been held on Sunday, on social media. The couple met nearly a decade ago on the set of the film The Last Song. In November, they lost their home in California in the state’s devastating wildfires. The wedding is reported to have taken place at…

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Forced marriage law ‘could stop victims reporting crime’

Image caption Rubie Marie was raped almost daily by her husband in Bangladesh after being forced to marry him at the age of 15 Criminalising forced marriage could stop victims from speaking up if their parents are locked up, campaigners say. While legislation sends a “strong message,” a charity working with victims said it also scared off others. Rubie Marie, 35, who was forced to marry in Bangladesh when she was 15, said: “It is hard because you love your family of course you do… But at the end of…

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Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber appear to confirm marriage

Image copyright Getty Images Hailey Baldwin has appeared to confirm that she and Justin Bieber are married by changing her Instagram name to Hailey Bieber. Justin also shared a picture of the pair together with the caption: “My wife is awesome.” The 21-year-old model and the pop superstar were reported to have got married in secret in September. Hailey, who has 15.4 million followers, has changed both her handle and her bio. There had been rumours that the couple had got married in a New York two months ago but…

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Student gets marriage offers after rolling her eyes at Farage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHarriet Ellis shows off her best Farage eye-roll A university student says she’s received marriage offers after rolling her eyes at Nigel Farage on TV. A clip of Harriet Ellis looking less than impressed while sitting behind the former UKIP leader during a Channel 4 Brexit debate went viral on Monday. The 21-year-old says she’s since been swamped with messages of support – with people calling her a “hero”. “I’ve had marriage proposals too, which my boyfriend definitely isn’t too happy about,”…

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Kidman: ‘Cruise marriage protected me from harassment’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kidman is in the UK for the London Film Festival Nicole Kidman has said her marriage to Tom Cruise gave her “protection” from sexual harassment early in her career. The Australian actress married Cruise in 1990 after they starred together in the film Days Of Thunder. She said: “I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me – it was protection. “I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed.” The couple…

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Secret to Japan couple’s 80 years of marriage: wife’s patience

TAKAMATSU, Japan (Reuters) – Japan is known for its abundance of centenarians and can now lay claim to having the world’s oldest living married couple, with a combined age of 208 – a feat the wife credits to her patience during 80 years of marriage. World’s oldest living married couple Masao Matsumoto (R) and Miyako Matsumoto poses with the Guinness World Record certificate at a nursing house in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kwiyeon Ha Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old wife, Miyako, have been confirmed as the…

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Costa Rica Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court in San Jose this week to demand change Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives the country’s legislators a time limit of 18 months to change the current law. The president welcomed the ruling, saying he wants to guarantee “no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation”. However many lawmakers are evangelicals who strongly oppose gay marriage. A Supreme Court judge, Fernando Castillo, told…

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