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Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population

Yerevan - Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.

Pope tells women to feel free to breastfeed in church

Vatican City - Pope Francis encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church."The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry. That's the way it is," the pontiff said.

No evidence of Bangalore New Year sex attacks: India police

Bangalore - Indian police said Thursday they had not found any evidence or received any formal complaints of sexual assault at a New Year's eve celebration after media reports of "mass molestation", but had registered six separate cases based on the coverage.

Indian police investigate New Year sex attacks

Bangalore - There is "credible" evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year's Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.

Indian police investigate New Year sex attacks

Bangalore - There is "credible" evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year's Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.

Indian police investigate New Year sex attacks

Bangalore - There is "credible" evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year's Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.

Indian minister blames 'western dress' for sex attacks

Bangalore - An Indian minister faced a severe backlash Tuesday after he criticised women for dressing "like westerners" at a New Year's Eve celebration where a mob allegedly carried out a series of sex assaults.

Iran official calls for sterilisation for sex workers

Tehran - Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday.

Women at wheel of 'pink taxis' challenge Jordan norms

Amman - Nisrin Akoubeh checks the oil and water before getting into her taxi and pulling into Amman's heavy traffic for another day of shuttling fellow women across the Jordanian capital.

Wrong sperm may have fertilized eggs of dozens of women

Utrecht - Dutch authorities say that dozens of women may have had eggs fertilized by sperm cells that were not from the intended father.

French abuse victim who killed husband freed after pardon

Paris - A woman who killed her abusive husband and became a symbol of the suffering of France's domestic violence victims walked free from prison on Wednesday after receiving a presidential pardon.

Myanmar men may face jail for not marrying pregnant women

Yangon - Myanmar's government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Afghan woman pilot's asylum bid sparks fervent debate

Kabul - The shock announcement of Afghanistan's first woman fixed-wing pilot to seek asylum in the US has touched off a spirited national debate on the country's most vexing issues: insecurity, women's rights and mass exodus of young people.

Pope tells Vatican to put women, lay experts into top jobs

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake-up.

Gunmen kill five female airport workers in Afghanistan

Kandahar - Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead five female airport workers and their driver in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining the dangers facing employed women in the conservative, conflict-torn country.

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts

New York - Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced his choice of Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed to be the UN's number two official and tabbed two other women for key leadership posts.

Some viruses have evolved to affect men more greatly than women

London - Is man-flu real? New evidence suggests that some viruses cause weaker symptoms in women than in men. The reason is evolutionary, based on helping the virus to spread between hosts.

Do men and women really see things differently?

London - A psychological study concludes that men and women examine faces if other people differently and absorb visual information in different ways. This suggests a gender difference in understanding visual cues.

Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Egypt brings in tougher penalties against female genital mutilation

Cairo - An amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to up to 15 years in jail has come into effect, the health ministry announced Sunday.

More Taxotere lawsuits filed by women whose hair never grew back

Over 200 women filed a Taxotere lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis alleging the pharmaceutical company never warned that the chemotherapy drug could cause permanent hair loss.

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

Riyadh - An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

Morocco TV 'sorry' over makeup for battered women

Rabat - A public television station in Morocco apologised again after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.

Fidel Castro and his (many) women

Havana - With his rugged rebel look and seductive charisma, Fidel Castro was known not only as a giant of 20th century history, but also as quite the ladies' man.

Turkey detains 'wanted Kurdish female militant' at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul's main airport, state media said.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

Pakistani market where women seek justice

- A narrow path winds through Kashmir's Valley of Pearls towards 13 tin-roofed shops hidden in a rickety row, a women-only market that doubles as a space for those seeking help against the violence of Pakistan's patriarchy.

Istanbul rally held for women's rights after sex bill furore

Istanbul - Thousands rallied in Istanbul in support of women's rights on Friday after a controversial sex bill affecting underage girls was thrown out by a parliamentary committee this week.

Reform hopes as Vatican panel studies female deacons

Vatican City - A papal commission on the role of female deacons met for the first time Friday in a move reformers hope could open the door to women eventually entering the Catholic clergy.As things stand only men can serve as priests or as deacons.

Women increasingly join the fight in Israel's army

Yoqn`am - Her face covered in mud, 18-year-old Smadar crawls beneath thorny brush, her automatic rifle around her neck.She smiles despite the intensity of the training, and her commander, also a woman, shouts encouragement.
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