Polygamous sect leader accused of taking more than 20 wives — half of them girls under 18

A polygamous sect leader and some of his followers have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to travel across Arizona state lines and get “wives” for him, authorities said Thursday.A federal grand jury on Wednesday issued a superseding indictment against 47-year-old Samuel Rappylee Bateman of Colorado City, Ariz., and 10 of his followers.Authorities accuse Bateman of…Continue Reading

P.E.I. PC leader defends record on trans rights after clip from talk with voter posted

P.E.I. PC Leader Dennis King is defending himself and his party’s stance on protecting transgender rights after audio was released of him saying “you don’t gotta drive everything down everybody’s throat” when asked about trans issues.In a 32-second clip released on social media Friday, King can be heard speaking with an unidentified voter about the trans community…Continue Reading

I became a leader to fight for violence survivors. I quickly realized it would not be easy

This column is an opinion by Muntaha Aamir, a University of Calgary undergraduate student who is a student representative to the school’s board of governors. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.When I was elected and appointed to a seat on the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors last October, I realized how privileged I…Continue Reading

Scotland leader Nicola Sturgeon makes surprise resignation announcement

Nicola Sturgeon, who has had the longest tenure of any Scottish first minister, announced her plans to resign on Wednesday, standing down with no obvious successor in place and dealing a blow to the fight for independence.Sturgeon, 52, said she would stay on until her Scottish National Party (SNP) had completed the process of finding…Continue Reading

Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard N Marak accused of running brothel arrested in UP

NEW DELHI: Meghalaya BJP vice-president Bernard N Marak, who is accused of operating a brothel at his farmhouse in Tura in West Garo Hills district of the state, was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Marak, a former militant leader, was absconding following a police raid at the farmhouse from where six minors were rescued…Continue Reading

G23 leader Anand Sharma allegedly meets JP claims no political significance

In a big political development on Thursday, sources indicated that G23 leader Anand Sharma met BJP president JP Nadda sparking speculation of his quitting Congress. While refraining from confirming or denying this, Sharma told the media that he has the right to openly meet Nadda if he wants to as they share a social relationship. Moreover,…Continue Reading

Belarus leader accuses Ukraine of attempted missile attack

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday Ukraine had tried to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory three days ago, but all its missiles had been intercepted, the state-run Belta news agency reported.Lukashenko, who did not provide evidence for the claim, said Belarus did not want war with Ukraine, but would fight if its own…Continue Reading

High drama after TD leader gets injured in police raid

TIRUPATI: High drama prevailed at Obanapalli in Chittoor during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday when police raided a house belonging to the follower of former city mayor and Telugu Desam leader Katari Hemalatha. Her followers claimed she suffered minor injuries after being hit by a police vehicle when she resisted an attempt of…Continue Reading

Former PQ leader André Boisclair pleads guilty to sexual assault in 2 separate cases

Former Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair pleaded guilty Monday to two charges of sexual assault in separate cases involving two young men who were in their 20s at the time of the crimes.In the first case, Boisclair pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault with the participation of another person, dating back to January 2014. He…Continue Reading