Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged on Sunday to outlaw prostitution in the country. Prostitution was decriminalised in Spain in 1995 and in 2016 the UN estimated the country's sex industry was worth 3.7bn (3.1bn, $4.2bn). A 2009 survey found that up to 1 in 3 Spanish men had paid for sex. read more
China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, according to the Financial Times (FT). The report on Saturday cited multiple sources familiar with the test and said Beijing launched the nuclear-capable missile in August. The missile circled the Earth at low orbit before speeding towards its target, according to the sources, "demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise". Three people briefed on the intelligence told the FT that the missile missed its target by more than 20 miles (32 kilometres).
The Chinese military condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying the North American nations were threatening peace and stability in the region. read more
Shia Muslim religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr's party is set to be the biggest winner in Iraq's parliamentary election, increasing the number of seats he holds, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shia parties, the initial results showed on Monday.
There's an air of relief in the science team running the American space agency's (Nasa) Perseverance rover on Mars. The researchers are sure now they've sent the robot to a location that provides the best possible opportunity to find signs of ancient life. read more