Weekly News Round Up

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Making news this week: Police shoot dead second black man in a week, Germany passes a new defining rape law, the NSW Government allow domestic violence victims to break rental leases without penalty, and as of July 2017, greyhound racing will be banned in NSW.

Police shootings: Black man fatally shot in Minnesota as Louisiana father Alton Sterling mourned

The final moments of a black man shot by US police after being pulled over while driving have been captured in a video viewed by millions of people, as hundreds of protesters stood vigil after a similar incident in Louisiana.

Philando Castile’s girlfriend live streamed the bloody aftermath in the Minnesota town of Falcon Heights, just outside Minneapolis.

At times, a very composed Ms Reynolds narrates Wednesday evening’s incident, before wailing and growing increasingly anguished as it becomes increasingly clear that Mr Castile would not make it out alive.

Mr Castile had a legal licence to carry a firearm and was reaching for his licence and vehicle registration when police shot him, she added.

Germany rape law: ‘No means No’ law passed

Germany’s parliament has passed a new law defining rape, clarifying that “No means No”, even if a victim did not fight back.

Critics believe Germany has long lagged behind other developed nations when it comes to its rape laws.The issue was again brought to the fore after a number of sex attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

The vote was passed by a huge majority on Thursday in the Bundestag, where MPs stood and cheered the result.

The new law classifies groping as a sex crime and makes it easier to prosecute assaults committed by large group. It also makes it easier to deport migrants who commit sex offences.

New law to empower DV victims to break rental agreements without penalty

Women and children who are victims of domestic violence in NSW will soon be able to flee their homes faster and without penalty for abandoning a rental property.

The change is among reforms to residential tenancy laws being announced on Tuesday by Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Victor Dominello and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward.

Currently victims of domestic violence on a fixed lease must provide 14 days’ notice to their landlord, with potential liabilities, in addition to a final AVO, which can take up to 12 months to obtain.

Greyhound racing to be banned in New South Wales, Baird Government announces

Greyhound racing will be banned in New South Wales from July 1 next year, with Premier Mike Baird saying the “widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals” cannot be tolerated.

It comes after a special commission of inquiry found overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting.

Mr Baird said the Government had received the report of the commission, conducted by former High Court judge Michael McHugh, and the findings were damning.

The ban also comes after the ABC’s Four Corners program exposed widespread and extreme animal cruelty and cheating through the use of live baiting to entice and train greyhounds, which then led to the special commission.

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