.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Investigation revealed that the victim had come to Melbourne in 2007 on a 30-day tourist visa. (Photo Credit: UnSplash)

  • The couple kept the elderly woman captive between 2007 and 2015
  • The woman weighed just 40kg and had no teeth
  • The couple was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Wednesday

.Charlottesville, VA, USA
The statue of General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville that has been taken down. (Photo credit: AFP/File)

  • The removal of the statue of General Lee was greeted with cheers from the onlooking crowd
  • Plans to remove the statue had led to a white nationalist rally in the city in August 2017
  • The Southern US states have numerous memorials to the pro-slavery Confederacy

.Charlottesville, VA, USA
The statue of General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AFP file photo)

  • The statue of General Lee would be removed on Saturday from Market Street Park
  • A statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, would be removed the same day
  • Tensions over the fate of the Lee statue led to violence in August 2017

.Houston, TX, USA
.United States
A poet performs during the 28th annual Juneteenth celebration in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, on June 19, 2021. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • With marches, music and speeches, Americans on Saturday celebrated Juneteenth
  • Juneteenth is the newly declared national holiday that marks the end of slavery
  • This comes a year after George Floyd's murder sparked anti-racism protests

A Houston neighborhood founded in the 19th century has become the Texas city's first heritage district. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • This decision comes as the US marks a new national holiday commemorating slavery's end
  • Freedmen's Town has been called the "Harlem of the South"
  • Freedmen's Town rose up as hundreds of newly freed slaves left the Texas plantations and began a new life in Houston

.Washington, D.C., DC, USA
The Black Lives Matter has forced authorities to address racial disparities in the US. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The House Judiciary Committee will be discussing the bill
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, the bill's sponsor, said such a commission was long overdue
  • Residents who qualify will receive $25,000 to use towards home improvements or mortgage

.Baghdad, Iraq
Yazidi women were enslaved, raped, or married them off by force to jihadists. (Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • IS abducted thousands of Yazidi women and girls from their Iraqi home of Sinjar in 2014
  • They survived sex slavery at the hands of IS jihadists in Syria and have now returned 
  • This was the first time children had been given back to their mothers

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Production of cocoa in West Africa has long been associated with problems such as child slavery, human rights violations, and significantly low wages. (Representative image: Unsplash)

  • All the eight plaintiffs hail from Mali, and are currently young adults
  • They have sought damages for actions such as forced labour, neggligence in supervision and intentionally inflicted emotional distress
  • The incidents reportedly took in the companies' cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast 

.Boston, MA, USA
Titled 'Emancipation Group', the statue was erected in 1876 as a replica of same statue in Washington installed in 1876. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

  • Lincoln statue with Black man in Boston removed on Tuesday after petition by an artist
  • The statue's removal was ordered by the city's arts council last June
  • The statue was found objectionable for the bad light in which it showed the Black people