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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA  HONORS PENDER COUNTY NATIVE

On May 10, 2018, the State of North Carolina made history in honoring its very own Pender County native and trailblazer, Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless, by designating a portion of U.S. Highway 17 in her name for her career in foreign agricultural trade relations, and for having served in a variety of senior level positions in Washington, D.C. and abroad. ...

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WOMEN’S GROUPS PLEAD FOR CLEMENCY FOR SUDANESE TEEN SENTENCED TO HANG

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A Sudanese court has upheld a judgment of execution for a teenage girl who fought off the forcible sexual advances of her arranged-marriage husband, leading to his death. Noura Hussein has been imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan, since the murder of the man she was forced to marry, who she says raped her as his relatives held her down. The case has highlighted the issues of forced marriage a ...

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COURT DENIES NIGERIAN FISHERMEN ‘ACCESS TO JUSTICE’, RIGHTS GROUPS SAY

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A coalition of human rights, environmental and development groups from the four corners of the world is challenging a UK appeals court ruling that lets UK-headquartered parent companies escape liability when people in poor countries are harmed by their affiliates. The ruling stems from a lawsuit by the Ogale people in Nigeria against Royal Dutch Shell, based in England, and its Nigerian ...

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