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French trade union boss steps down in wake of 'label' scandal

Paris - A French trade union boss resigned Wednesday in the wake of reports suggesting he had hundreds of colleagues secretly rated and their files tagged with labels such as "foolish", "stupid", or "plain crazy".

'We are fine': Melania Trump dismisses gossip about marriage

Washington - Melania Trump dismissed Friday the widespread talk about her husband President Donald Trump's reported affairs with a porn star and others, saying she has "more important things to think about.

'We are fine': Melania Trump dismisses gossip about marriage

Washington - Melania Trump dismissed Friday the widespread talk about her husband President Donald Trump's alleged affairs with a porn star and others, saying she has "more important things to think about.

Islamist hardliners protest as Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling

Lahore - Several thousand Islamist hardliners protested in Lahore Friday as Pakistan awaits a pivotal ruling in the country's most notorious blasphemy case, that of a Christian mother who has been on death row since 2010.

Asia tops World Bank ranking on support for children

Nusa Dua - Asian nations got the highest marks in a World Bank ranking launched Thursday that names and shames countries on how much they invest in their own children, saying neglect was dooming millions to sub-par lives.

Romania's plan to double pensions meets scepticism

Bucharest - Romania's government plans to double state pensions by 2022, it said Wednesday, approving a scheme to pump 30 billion euros a year into retirement funding, which economists fear could severely strain public finances.

Tens of thousands rally to defend France's social model

Paris - Around 160,000 people joined demonstrations across France Tuesday, the interior ministry said, heeding union calls for President Emmanuel Macron to "maintain the social model" under threat from austerity reforms.

New theatre comedy dramatises Brexit break-ups

London - Friends shunned, lovers torn apart and emotions exploding: a new play running in London this month tackles the very personal divisions in British society caused by Brexit.

Stigma, blame means African women wary to say #MeToo

Nairobi - The #MeToo campaign has given mostly Western women confidence to speak up about violence at the hands of men, but in Africa women say stigma and victim-blaming still keep many silent.

Legless Venezuelan rapper, surfer, overcoming odds in Colombia

Barranquilla - Venezuelan migrant Alfonso Mendoza was born without legs. Abandoned by his parents, he flirted with suicide. But everything about him shouts: "Believe in Yourself!" -- ask anyone who attends his motivational classes.

Fired French Goodyear workers make last stand in court

Amiens - More than 800 former employees at a Goodyear factory in France converged for a mass court hearing Thursday to seek compensation for their dismissal when the US tyre giant closed the site in 2014.

With tiny Russian pensions, work for many never ends

Ulan-ude - From Siberia to central Russia and elsewhere, elderly people are often forced to work past retirement age to supplement their miserly state pensions.

Putin signs unpopular pension reform into law despite protests

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday signed a deeply controversial bill to raise the state pension age for the first time since the Soviet era, the Kremlin said.

Murders of trailblazing Iraqi women spark conspiracy fears

Baghdad - Over the last few weeks, four go-getting Iraqi women have separately met premature deaths -- two falling victim to men firing automatic weapons into their vehicles.

Romania's constitutional court backs rights for gay couples

Bucharest - Romania's constitutional court ruled Thursday that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that runs counter to a referendum next month seeking to interdict gay marriage.

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Moscow - The Russian parliament's lower house passed a controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, after President Vladimir Putin announced concessions to try to dampen widespread public anger over plans to raise the state retirement age.

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Moscow - Russian parliament's lower house passed a controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, after President Vladimir Putin announced concessions to try to dampen widespread public anger over plans to raise the state retirement age.

Brazil's transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat

S - After a decade of tearing up professional men's volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil's first transgender player, she is running for Congress in next month's elections."Why not?

In Macedonia, emigration leaves empty villages in its wake

Zelenikovo - Only one man knows how the Macedonian village of Gradovci will vote in Sunday's referendum: Dushan Nikolovski, the sole year-round resident of the near-deserted community, now a collection of crumbling stone homes.

After years-long wait, Israelis board new fast train

Jerusalem - Israelis climbed aboard the country's new high-speed train on Tuesday as it partially opened to whisk passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, a massive project years in the making.

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest Sabbath tramway work

Bnei Brak - Several thousand ultra-orthodox Jewish Israelis demonstrated near the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Friday against construction work on a tramway during the Jewish Sabbath.

Ultra-orthodox Israeli radio fined for excluding women

Jerusalem - An Israeli court has fined an ultra-orthodox Jewish radio station one million shekels ($280,000) for excluding women from its programmes over a two year period, local media said.

Santa Clara: Che's city but also Cuba's gay haven

Santa Clara - Jose Augustin Hernandez is a 53-year-old local government official in Cuba -- who is transgender, sports a flamboyant pink wig and goes by the name Adela.

Ukraine region ban on Russian culture sparks controversy

Lviv - The decision by a fiercely pro-Western region of Ukraine to ban Russian-language arts, from songs to books and films, prompted widespread condemnation on Thursday even as it remained unclear how it would be implemented.

Row over Ukraine region's ban on Russian-language culture

Lviv - A Ukrainian region's decision to ban Russian-language arts, from songs to books and films, prompted growing controversy Thursday even as it remained unclear how it would be implemented.

Giving birth in Afghanistan: inside MSF's 'baby factory'

Khost - The mother was admitted at 9.30am, the birth recorded at 9.35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily.

Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Rome - Thousands of Italians are flocking to illegal free public screenings of a new film about a young man's 2009 death in custody, a potent symbol of police violence and a merciless penal system.

Parallel lives: opposites and echoes either side of Korea's DMZ

Seoul - On either side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas, a soldier stares at the camera, the emblematic blue huts of the truce village of Panmunjom behind him.

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Poznan - Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said.

In the Name of the Father: unholy row over Seoul church inheritance

Seoul - One of the world's largest presbyterian churches has been engulfed by an unholy row after its pastor sought to pass the super-rich South Korean institution into the control of his son.
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