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Human rights and LGBT activist Jason Jones, a citizen of Britain and T&T, who filed a constitutional challenge agaisnt the buggery law. Photo: Sean Drakes / LatinContent / Getty Images

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBTQ community on Thursday secured a major victory after the Caribbean island’s high court ruled some sections of the long-standing buggery law, that criminalize consensual same-sex relations between adults, unconstitutional, per local media reports.

Why it matters: The island had been more tolerant of homosexuals than many Caribbean countries, but no laws currently exist that grant them equal rights. While the high court judge found the law "irrational and illegal," it will remain intact for a July hearing that will decide whether to modify or strike down the statue in its entirety, The Trinidad Express reports. Under the sodomy law, which is rarely enforced, the maximum punishment is 25 years in prison. The suit was filed last year by LGBT activist Jason Jones, who is a citizen of Britain and T&T.

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Iraqis dressed in traditional outfits greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Erbil airport, in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on March 7. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting northern areas of Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq.

Cuomo faces fresh misconduct allegations from former aides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February press conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.