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Video saved the K-pop stars: Brave Girls reborn via YouTube

Gwacheon - The Brave Girls were losing courage just weeks ago, on the verge of breaking up and abandoning their dreams of K-pop stardom after years of going nowhere.

Graphic bodycam footage played at Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - Chilling police body camera footage was shown to the jury on Wednesday at the trial of the white policeman accused of killing George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man whose death touched off anti-racism protests around the world.

'Beautiful and fierce': Voguing balls let LGBT Chinese shine

Bejing - Leather, glitter, stilettos and a strut -- voguing, the underground dance phenomenon, has seized Beijing and given China's LGBT community a "playground" to celebrate their identities.

Young, rich and racy: South Korea's livestreamers

Seoul - From a converted storeroom on the roof of his mother's Seoul apartment, Kim Min-kyo plays video games for up to 15 hours a day -- and makes a fortune from the thousands of fans watching him.

Biden pushes back amid mounting crisis over border

Washington - "The border is closed": With those words, a top Biden administration official pushed back Sunday against fast-mounting criticism that it has bungled immigration policy, spurring an influx of migrants in the biggest crisis to emerge under the new presid...

Arab author, women's rights icon Saadawi dies in Cairo

Apo - Famed Egyptian author Nawal el-Saadawi, a champion of women's rights who revolutionised discussions on gender in the Arab world, died Sunday at the age of 89, Al-Ahram newspaper said.

Biden visits Atlanta, condemns violence against Asian-Americans

Atlanta - US President Joe Biden on Friday denounced the upsurge of violence against Asian-Americans, telling a community plunged into grief after this week's Atlanta murders that the nation must not be complicit in the face of racism and xenophobia.

Atlanta shootings expose fear in Asian-American community

Atlanta - Asian-American communities were on alert Thursday after a shooting rampage that left six women of Asian origin dead and stoked fears in a population already alarmed by a surge in hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy court urges more rights for children of gay couples

Rome - Italy's Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the country urgently needs a law on the rights of children of same-sex couples, in a step campaigners said did not go far enough.

China pioneers 'virus passports' as EU gets Russia jab boost

Bejing - China has launched a system of "virus passports" to kickstart international travel, as Russia sealed its first deal on Tuesday to manufacture the Sputnik V jab in the European Union.

Ukrainian women march against domestic abuse

Kiev - Nearly 2,000 people marked International Women's Day in Kiev Monday with a march demanding that Ukraine ratify the Istanbul Convention against domestic abuse.

Delivery co-op seeks to serve decent work conditions for riders

Dijon - It may have taken a cracked rib, but Bruno Giraud is now joining a growing number of French riders trying to challenge the business model of meal delivery platforms.

Kyrgyz activists face Women's Day violence from 'patriots'

Bichkek - For activists preparing to mark International Women's Day in Kyrgyzstan, recalling the ambush that broke up last year's march is still traumatic.

In Somalia, a female taxi driver defies convention

Mugadishu - At 19 years old, Asha Mohamed is divorced and drives a taxi in Somalia, defying conventions to support her family in one of the world's most conservative and dangerous countries.

Anger as South Korean transgender soldier found dead

Seoul - A transgender South Korean soldier who was forcibly discharged from the army after gender-reassignment surgery has been found dead, police said, prompting anger Thursday and calls for legal reforms.

Israel army faces battle over beards

Apo - Israel's military is facing a challenge on the home front unrelated to traditional threats against the Jewish state: it's over facial hair, and activists say the army's future is at stake.

Complex culture clash as Venezuelan migrants flood into Chile

Tarapac - Anyier sits at the side of the road gasping for breath as the beating sun and 3,700-meter (12,000-foot) altitude take their toll.

Mr. Potato Head toy brand goes gender neutral

New York - The Mr. Potato Head brand is going gender neutral, the company that makes the popular plastic toy announced Thursday.Hasbro said in a statement it was dropping the honorific from the logo and packaging "to promote gender equality and inclusion.

Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife for housework in landmark ruling

Bejing - A Chinese man has been ordered to pay his ex-wife almost $8,000 for years of unpaid housework, in a landmark divorce case that has sparked furious debate in China.

Global calls to probe 'violent death' of Honduras nurse, 5 others

Tegucigalpa - The United Nations, European Union and United States have urged Honduras to investigate the "violent" deaths of six young women in just four days, including a nurse who died in police custody.

Greece's #MeToo movement leads to calls for reckoning on incest

Athens - Greece's emerging #MeToo movement, sparked by an Olympian's taboo-breaking decision to go public with allegations of sexual abuse, has raised hopes it can also uncover long-hidden stories of incest in the patriarchal country.

In Gaza, parkour brings youngsters a taste of freedom

Gaza - Using crutches, Palestinian Mohamed Aliwa leaps from one concrete slab to another, determined that his missing leg won't stop him doing parkour, a sport that brings respite from grim reality in Gaza.

Japan court upholds ban on dual citizenship

Apo - A Japanese court upheld a ban on dual citizenship on Thursday, rejecting a suit that challenged the measure's constitutionality and sought damages for those affected.

In Gabonese city, the two faces of a mining boom

Moanda - Mipoko marvelled at the new spigots as she filled containers with water and loaded them onto a creaking wheelbarrow.

Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang to run for New York mayor

New York - Former US presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has announced he will run for mayor of New York City in an election this year that he is an early favourite to win.

Mobile internet: Cuba's new revolution

Havana - Since arriving in Cuba just two years ago, mobile internet has revolutionized life here -- helping people find food, fuel and even medicine amid crippling shortages, and helping them organize protests in a country where waving a placard can land you in...

Taiwan population fell for first time in 2020

Taipei - Taiwan's population shrank for the first time ever in 2020, government data showed Friday, as the island faces a burgeoning demographic crisis similar to those affecting South Korea and Japan.

Hungary kitchen fills welfare gap for Covid jobless

Budapest - Hungarian families stricken by unemployment due to the Covid crisis who have also fallen through the country's flimsy social security net say they have little option but to turn to a pop-up soup kitchen.

South Korea population falls for first time

Seoul - South Korea's population fell for the first time in 2020, with more people dying than were born, the government said Monday, warning that towns in poor regions faced a "crisis of extinction".

Chengdu: China's permissive 'gay capital' refusing to fold

Chengdu - It's Saturday night at the HUNK club in Chengdu and men in gold lycra shorts and black boots dance on stage. They wear kimonos, in an apparent tactical compromise with new morality codes creeping into China's "gay capital".
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