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Hague hails Bosnia's anti-rape military training plans

William Hague has hailed Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training.

Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the conference in Bosnia's Sarajevo.
Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the conference in Bosnia's Sarajevo. Credit: RTV

The Foreign Secretary told a conference in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo that rape is a "cheap" and "devastatingly effective way to terrorise and displace a population".

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Jolie calls Bosnia's anti-rape military training 'inspiring'

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training "inspiring" and "groundbreaking".

Speaking at a conference in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the UNHCR goodwill ambassador said the issue of war zone rape "has been a taboo subject in all countries".

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

"You are helping to break down those taboos and [are] redefining soldiering in the 21st Century," she told the audience.

"There can be no peace in conflict or post-conflict zones while women are raped with impunity," the actress added.

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Jolie and Hague meet Bosnia's presidency in Sarajevo

Actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as UNHCR goodwill ambassador, and Foreign Secretary William Hague met Bosnia's presidency to discuss the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

Angelina Jolie waves to the crowds with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Angelina Jolie waves to the crowds with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie sits for a meeting in Bosnia.
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie sits for a meeting in Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
Angelina Jolie with and chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and William Hague.
Angelina Jolie with the chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and William Hague. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

Pop singer Anastacia undergoes double mastectomy

Pop star Anastacia performing in Germany in December 2012
Anastacia performing in Germany in December 2012 Credit: Revierfoto/DPA/Press Association Images

Pop star Anastacia has undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year.

The US singer, whose hits include I'm Outta Love, cancelled her planned European tour in February after the second diagnosis. She was first diagnosed with the disease in 2003.

Anastacia, 45, is in the final stages of recovery following her surgery, and said in a statement to fans that she wanted to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cause "particularly close to my heart".

"It has been an intense journey but l am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter," she said. "Early detection has saved my life twice. I will continue to battle and lend my voice in anyway I can."

In May, film star Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning that she had a 87% chance of developing breast cancer.

Anastacia's announcement follows a report from a leading cancer charity which says that up to 185,000 women could die from breast cancer by 2030 if action is not taken over critical research gaps.

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Breast cancer awareness raised by Angelina Jolie

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Jolie's aunt died of breast cancer shortly after the star announced she had had a double mastectomy. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New guidance for doctors will mean women will have access to preventative drugs which dramatically reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Last month, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of developing cancer.

Jolie spoke at the time of her happiness that the announcement had generated more discussion about women's health.

Read: Angelina Jolie 'feeling great' after double mastectomy

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Angelina Jolie 'feeling great' after double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie said she is "feeling great" following her preventative double mastectomy.

Speaking at the premiere of her partner Brad Pitt's movie World War Z in Leicester Square, Jolie said she was "very happy" to see the discussion about women's health since revealing she had undergone the surgery:

Click here for more about Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo the preventative surgery.

Angelina: Brad has been 'extraordinary' since surgery

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arriving for the world premiere of World War Z in Leicester Square.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arriving for the world premiere of World War Z in Leicester Square. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Angelina Jolie said Brad Pitt has been "extraordinary" after she underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.

Jolie, who discovered she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, said she was "feeling fine" during her first public engagement since the operation.

Speaking at the premier of Pitt's new film World War Z in Leicester Square, Jolie said: "He has been extraordinary. He's such a wonderful a man and wonderful father and I'm very, very lucky".

Read more about Angelina's preventative double mastectomy.

Angelina Jolie's aunt dies of breast cancer

Less than two weeks after actress Angelina Jolie announced she had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, the star's aunt has died from the disease.

Debbie Martin, 61, died in a San Diego, California-area hospital, her husband Ron said today.

Read: Angelina Jolie reveals she has had double mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie admitted she had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The younger sister of Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand, whose death in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie admitted to having in a May 14 New York Times article, Mrs Martin had the same defective BRCA1 gene as Jolie.

Mr Martin said if his wife had known she had the gene before her diagnosis, "she would have done exactly what Angelina did".

Read: Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie 'absolutely heroic'

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