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Germany seeks ban on gay conversion therapies

Berlin - German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday he will seek to ban conversion therapies that claim to change sexual orientation.

S. Korea TV station apologises over 'spycam' controversy

Seoul - A major South Korean TV station was forced to apologise after airing a performance by a well-known rapper in which he appeared to endorse secretly-filmed pornography, as the country battles a growing epidemic of so-called spycam videos.

Olympic dream turns to nightmare for S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls'

Seoul - The South Korean women's curling team were the unexpected heroines of last year's Winter Olympics, but since their impressive run to the final they have endured a nightmare year.

Gender funding gap grows when research pitches get personal: study

Paris - Women are less successful in receiving research funding than men if the selection process focusses on the scientist making the pitch rather than the science presented, according to new research released Friday.

S. Korean's #MeToo initiator welcomes jailing of man she accused

Seoul - The woman who started South Korea's #MeToo movement said Thursday she hoped other victims will take heart from the jailing of the senior prosecutor she accused of assault.

South Korean prosecutor jailed in #MeToo case

Seoul - A former senior South Korean prosecutor was convicted of abuse of power and jailed for two years on Wednesday in connection with a high-profile case that triggered the country's #MeToo movement.

Thousands join US women's marches despite discord

Washington - Thousands of women marched Saturday in the US capital and across the country to convey a now-annual message opposing Donald Trump and supporting women's rights, but internal divisions appeared to steal some energy from the rallies.

The push to get more women in tech is only just starting

London - Many governments are seeking ways to get more women to enter technology fields. This includes the U.K., which launched an initiative at the end of 2017. One year on, how much progress has been made?

One in three UN employees have been sexually harassed: survey

New York - A third of United Nations employees have reported experiencing sexual harassment at the world body over the last two years, according to the findings of the first-ever survey on such misconduct released Tuesday.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in south India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Regional lawmaker is Germany's first transgender MP

Berlin - Lawmakers returning to the Bavarian regional parliament after elections three months ago will find a transgender woman colleague, Tessa Ganserer, on the benches where Markus Ganserer previously sat.

Nepali woman, two children, die in outlawed 'menstruation hut'

Kathmandu - A Nepali mother and her two children have died of suspected smoke inhalation after a night in a windowless hut where women are banished during their period, police said Wednesday.

Founder of South Korean 'spycam' porn site jailed

Seoul - The female co-founder of South Korea's largest porn site has been jailed following months of mounting public fury over the spread of secretly filmed spycam pornography.

Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest

Thiruvananthapuram - Britain on Saturday warned tourists visiting the southern Indian state of Kerala after sporadic violence in recent days over the admission of women to one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Twin arson and bomb attacks rocked southern India Saturday, continuing a violent backlash that followed the entry of two women into a Hindu temple that forbids female devotees.

Fresh clashes in India temple dispute

Thiruvananthapuram - Clashes broke out in southern India for a second day Thursday as Hindu hardliners went on the rampage, seeking to enforce a general shutdown in protest at two women entering one of the country's holiest temples.

One dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

Thiruvananthapuram - One person was killed and at least 15 injured in violence across southern India's Kerala state which broke out after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples, police said Thursday.

Clashes after women enter flashpoint Indian temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Protests and violence erupted in southern India on Wednesday after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples for the first time since a landmark court ruling.

Two women enter flashpoint India temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Two women on Wednesday entered one of Hinduism's holiest shrines in south India becoming the first to go into Sabarimala temple since the Supreme Court ordered the end of a longstanding ban on women aged between 10 and 50, a state minister said.

Afghan football boss denies sex abuse claims

Kabul - Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women's national team, suggesting his accusers may have invented the claims to help their applications for asylum in Europe.

Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

Washington - Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias.The move comes amid criticism that Google Translate often defaulted to masculine names when it converted text to another language.

Israeli women hold nationwide protest over domestic violence

Jerusalem - Thousands of Israeli women protested against domestic violence in a nationwide strike on Tuesday, calling for more action and state funding to deal with the problem.

Nepal stalls on LGBT rights despite early strides

Kathmandu - Nepal was hailed a leader in LGBT rights when it became the first country in conservative South Asia to recognise a third gender and assure equality for its sexual minorities.

Chile enacts law allowing sex change from 14 years of age

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday enacted a gender identity law that will allow people over 14 to change their name and gender on official identity documents.

Home 'most dangerous place' for women, UN study shows

Vienna - More than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home "the most dangerous place for a woman," a new UN study said Sunday.

Trans activists attacked during Ukraine march

Kiev - Two activists were attacked with pepper-spray in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Sunday during a transgender rights march that was interrupted by dozens of far-right protesters.

Devotees throng Indian flashpoint temple, but no women

Pathanamthitta - Tens of thousands of pilgrims thronged one of Hinduism's holiest temples in southern India Saturday as it reopened amid high security, but women aged between 10 and 50 were absent despite a court order allowing them to enter.

India temple turned into fortress for new gender battle

Vazhoor - Indian police mounted a major security operation Friday to prevent hardliners blocking women from entering one of Hinduism's holiest shrines despite a court order.

Jobs for the boys under fire in South Korea

Seoul - In her year-long quest for a job, South Korean college graduate Casey Lee has faced a barrage of personal and contradictory questions."One company asked if I had a boyfriend and when I'd get married," she told AFP.
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