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Lebanon scraps reviled rape law after campaign

Birut - Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal.

Australia vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects

Sydney - Taking a common vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide, Australian scientists said Thursday, in what they described as a major breakthrough in pregnancy research.

Highest-paid men earn $200,000 more than the women in the U.S.

In 49 states, the average salary for a woman in the top two percent is below the national average of $206,000. Only women in Connecticut and Washington DC earn more than $206,000 on average.

Liberia's Sirleaf to campaign for female candidates in election

Monrovia - Liberia's outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she will actively campaign for the handful of female candidates contesting elections in October, while her male vice-president seeks to replace her.

Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women: study

Miami - Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus and breasts, a US study found Tuesday.

Plight of mother-of-two 'abuse victim' shakes Spain

Madrid - The plight of a Spanish woman who vanished with her children after defying a court order to hand them over to her Italian ex-partner, found guilty of domestic violence, has shaken the country.

'My husband blamed me': Myanmar's Rohingya abandoned after rapes

- Rohingya Muslim Ayamar Bagon has lived on handouts since her husband left her after she told him she was gang-raped by Myanmar soldiers in the final month of her pregnancy.

The force is female: India's women cops take a stand

Jaipur - All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative northwest India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

The force is female: India's women cops take a stand

Jaipur - All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative northwest India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

The force is female: India's women cops take a stand

Jaipur - All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative northwest India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

Riots, strikes as India rape accused killed in custody

Shimla - A man accused of the gang rape and murder of a girl in northern India has been killed in police custody, an official said Thursday, sparking angry riots in the usually tranquil Himalayan region.

Three Kenyans jailed for life for stripping, assaulting woman

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced three men to life for stripping and sexually assaulting a woman they believed was dressed too provocatively.

Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge

Ak - She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered.

Indigenous Mexicans best pros on extreme mountain run

Guachochi - In old indigenous Latin American cultures, women toil at farming and tackle family duties. Atop this remote Mexican mountain, they also slap on sandals and crush pro athletes on long-distance runs.

No visitors allowed on Japan's men-only UNESCO island

Toukyo - Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year, an official said Saturday.

'No threat' to women's Euro 2017 football - Dutch officials

Den Haag - Dutch counter-terrorism officials said Thursday they had not found any "concrete threat" against the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football championships, after a reported jihadist call for an attack.

Turkey's deepening tragedy of murdered women

Izmir - As she did most afternoons, Pinar Unluer was waiting to collect her six-year-old son from his school in Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir.

App turns Mexican women's phones into panic buttons

Juarez - The Mexican city of Juarez has been dubbed "the capital of murdered women": since the 1990s, hundreds of women have been raped, killed and dumped in the desert, or simply disappeared without a trace.

No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod

Toukyo - A men-only island in Japan where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Paris big guns show why they are top of fashion tree

Paris - The big guns came out to play Tuesday on the Paris haute couture catwalks and showed why they are still top of the fashion tree.

Paris big guns show why they are top of fashion tree

Paris - The big guns came out to play Tuesday on the Paris haute couture catwalks and showed why they are still top of the fashion tree.

US labels make Paris debut on haute couture catwalks

Paris - Two high-end American labels will make their Paris haute couture debuts Sunday in a week when the French capital pays tribute to two of fashion's legends.

'Veiled women our pride' sparks anger against Indian state

New Delhi - Authorities in a deeply conservative Indian state were accused Wednesday of reinforcing entrenched gender discrimination after describing veiled women as the "pride" of the region.

Tanzania president says teen mothers should quit school

Nairobi - Tanzania President John Magufuli said students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth, sparking outrage from women's rights campaign groups. "I give money for a student to study for free.

Afghanistan's 'hill of widows' live in a world apart

Kabul - The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure.

Afghanistan's 'hill of widows' live in a world apart

Kabul - The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure.

Afghanistan's 'hill of widows' live in a world apart

Kabul - The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure.

Actress Emma Watson takes feminist book happening to Paris

Paris - "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson spent Thursday hiding copies of Margaret Atwood's classic novel "The Handmaid's Tale" across Paris to promote feminism."I'm hiding copies all over Paris!

Four women trying to solve Britain's power riddle

London - In the high-stakes political chess game that has followed Britain's confusing general election, four women will be making the next moves.

Tea consumption leads to 'positive' epigenetic changes

The consumption of tea may lead to beneficial changes in women, according to a new study. This relates to epigenetics and the genes that appear to turn cancer 'on and off'.
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