A law that outlaws child beating but does not criminalize parents who use "inconsequential force" - such as a disciplinary smack - overwhelmingly passed in New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday.
The new law closed a legal loophole in the country's Crimes Act that allowed "reasonable force" to be used by parents to discipline a child. That provision had been used as a successful legal defense in child abuse cases in New Zealand courts.
The new law makes it an offense for parents to use force to discipline children, however, it gives police the discretion "not to prosecute complaints ... involving the use of force against a child where the offense is considered so inconsequential there is no public interest in proceeding with a prosecution."
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year