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Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first female anchor

Seoul - Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea's national public broadcaster, KBS.

Same-sex couple to waltz into Vienna's history books

Vienna - When Sophie Grau and Iris Klopfer take to the floor as two of the debutants at Vienna's prestigious Opera Ball on Thursday, they will be dancing their way into history.

S. Korea's #MeToo initiator slams top court

Seoul - The woman who started South Korea's #MeToo movement on Friday slammed the nation's highest court for quashing her abuser's conviction last month, saying the ruling effectively silenced whistleblowers and victims of sexual violence.

Greece elects first woman president for 'new era'

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with no party-political allegiance.

First woman enters Japan's submarine academy

Apo - The first female student was admitted to Japan's national naval submarine academy Wednesday after the end of a ban on women on the country's submarines.

Greece elects first woman president

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

South Korean transgender soldier pleads to stay in army

Seoul - A transgender South Korean soldier who enlisted as a man and underwent a sex change last year pleaded tearfully to be allowed to stay in uniform Wednesday after the military decided to discharge her.

Parliament to elect Greece's first woman president

Athens - A trailblazing judge with particular expertise in environmental law and the constitution will become Greece's first female president on Wednesday.

Japan minister becomes first to announce paternity leave

Apo - Japan's environment minister said Wednesday he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Guilty verdict overturned in S. Korea #MeToo case

Seoul - A former prosecutor who was tried following groping allegations that fuelled South Korea's #MeToo movement walked free on Thursday after his conviction was quashed by the country's top court.

Q&A: Industry-first research on AI gender bias Special

Cogito has undertaken research on gender bias in artificial intelligence, specifically as it relates to speech emotion recognition. This shows how machine learning can unintentionally encode and amplify negative bias and stereotypes.

Sexist slurs mar Taiwan presidential elections

Taipei - Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia's most progressive democracy and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region -- yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race.

Russian ex-TV host spearheads 'mission' against domestic violence

Moscow - Defying abuse from "haters" and opposition from political allies, a Russian former chat show host turned MP is leading an uphill struggle to create a law tackling domestic violence.

Gender workplace equality 257 years away: WEF

Geneva - Women may have to wait more than two centuries for equality at work, according to a report on Tuesday showing gender inequality growing in workplaces worldwide despite increasing demands for equal treatment.

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

Apo - A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work."The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.

Til death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Seoul - "I'm a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men."Bonnie Lee doesn't care about finding a boyfriend or a fairytale wedding, and will decide her own happily-ever-after.And she is not alone.

Japanese magazine ridiculed for 'Socrates' dating advice

Apo - A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying "You sound like Socrates" has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world's worst for gender parity.

No industry for women: Bollywood #MeToo accused back at work

Mumbai - A year after Bollywood followed Hollywood by naming male predators accused of sexual harassment, many women say they have suffered while alleged perpetrators are back in the limelight.

S. Korean regulators in constant search for porn

Seoul - In a drab government office in Seoul, a team of broadcast regulators spend their days watching online porn -- the front line troops of South Korea's attempts to crack down on spycam videos that mostly expose women.

Body of missing Salvadoran trans activist found

Sansalvador - The body of a Salvadoran trans activist missing since Tuesday has been found in the northeast of the country, authorities confirmed.

Vienna orchestra celebrates 50th birthday with new woman chief

Vienna - When Vienna's ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra marks its 50th anniversary with a special concert on Wednesday, it will be under the baton of its new chief conductor who, for the first time in Austria, is a woman.

Poll finds over 80% in Japan back female emperor

Apo - The vast majority of Japanese voters back allowing women to inherit the Chrysanthemum Throne, a new polls shows, as the royal family struggles with a dearth of male heirs.

Male specimens preferred by animal collectors, study suggests

Paris - Museum collections of birds and mammals may be disproportionately skewed to favour males, even if female members of the species outnumber males in the wild, according to research published Wednesday.

'Miracle survival' for newborn found in Indian grave

Lucknow - Doctors on Wednesday hailed as a "miracle" the survival of a newborn girl found several days after being buried alive, as police hunted for her parents who have been charged with attempted murder.

Canadian father sues Japan firm for paternity leave harassment

Apo - A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm.

Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

Tehran - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

Turkey rules Rebel Girls children's book be treated as porn

Istanbul - Turkey has ruled that million-selling book "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" should be partially banned and treated like pornography because it could have a "detrimental influence" on young people.

Vjosa Osmani, the woman taking on Kosovo's 'nasty' politics to be PM

Pristina - Looking back to her childhood in conflict-wracked Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani remembers listening quietly as dozens of men gathered in her father's living room to discuss the political future of the breakaway Serbian province.

UK transgender man who gave birth is child's mother: court

London - A transgender man who gave birth but did not want to be registered as the child's mother on the birth certificate lost a legal battle at England's High Court on Wednesday.

Royal couple condemn violence against women in S.Africa

Cape Town - Prince Harry on Monday spoke out against gender-based violence in South Africa as his wife Meghan hailed girls who had chosen to "stand up for what is right".
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