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  • Canada: legally ‘woman’

    Daily Mail

    A Canadian man in his early 20s was so unhappy with a high car insurance quote that he legally switched his gender from male to female, the Daily Mail reported in July.

    The 24-year-old resident of Alberta boasted that changing his gender on paper saved him nearly $1,100 (£650) a year. The man told a news outlet: ‘I have taken advantage of a loophole… I’m a man, 100%. Legally, I’m a woman.’

  • Chad: division

    World Watch Monitor

    Chadian authorities installed a sultan in the south Moyen-Chari region in June, increasing fears of further marginalisation among the Christian and Animist population.

    Chad, like Nigeria, is roughly divided between a broadly Muslim north, and a broadly Christian and Animist south. A sultan traditionally holds spiritual authority over his subjects, as well as a leadership role.