Indian Supreme Court: even unmarried women will be able to have abortions
Today's headlines: Former deputy governor of Tibet indicted for bribes; 11 Chinese migrants die at sea between Cambodia and Vietnam; At least 19 killed in suicide attack in Kabul; The number of victims of protests in Iran rises to 83 after the death of Mahsa Amini; Orthodox priests also mobilised in Russia. Putin's business with the monasteries of Mount Athos.
The Indian Supreme Court has sanctioned the possibility for unmarried women to have an abortion within the first 24 weeks of gestation. Until now, a 1971 law had been in force, according to which only married women, divorcees, widows, minors, the disabled, those with mental illness and rape victims could have an abortion.
Another high-ranking executive ends up on trial. The judiciary indicted Zhang Yongze, former deputy governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region, for corruption. On the eve of the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress, arrests, indictments and convictions of senior regime leaders intensified.
The death toll of Chinese migrants has risen to 11 after the boat they were on sank off the coast of Cambodia. The last bodies were found on a Vietnamese beach.
An explosion near an educational centre in Kabul killed 19 people, injuring many others, according to a provisional toll drawn up by the Taliban authorities. At the moment, there are no claims of responsibility. It is probable that the suicide attack was the work of the local branch of the Islamic State. The area of this morning's attack is inhabited by the Shia Hazara minority, often the target of terrorist groups.
The death toll from Mahsa Amini protests has risen to 83, according to the Norway-based humanitarian group Iran Human Rights. The 22-year-old woman of Kurdish origin died while in the custody of the morality police, who had arrested her for not wearing her headscarf properly.
A member of Russia's Human Rights Committee, Kirill Kabanov, has proposed introducing a 'military training' speciality for Orthodox priests: a way for them to participate in the country's war activities 'while remaining within the scope of their service' and avoiding mobilisation, which affects many of them as former military personnel.
EUROPEAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
The European Administration for the Control of Financial Violations (Olaf) is carrying out an investigation involving three large monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece: they are allegedly closely linked to the trafficking of Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin himself, controlling their bank accounts and various related institutions used for money laundering.