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Pregnant Afghan teen's death sparks call to end child marriage

Kabul - Right groups Wednesday called on the Afghan government to end the scourge of child marriages, after a 14-year-old pregnant girl was burned to death in the latest case of violence against women.

Ukrainians take to Facebook to break taboo over rape

Kiev - It was yet another online discussion blaming a rape victim for provoking her attacker that prompted Ukrainian activist Anastasiya Melnychenko's campaign to shatter taboos in her homeland and neighbouring Russia.

Pakistani star's brother 'not embarrassed' by killing her

Multan - The brother of a murdered Pakistani celebrity said Sunday he is "not embarrassed" to have killed her, as Qandeel Baloch's death reignited polarising calls for action against the "epidemic" of honour killings.

Zimbabwe women in pot-beating protest against Mugabe

Bulawayo - Hundreds of women in Zimbabwe on Saturday demonstrated against President Robert Mugabe's government by beating pots, symbolising a nation facing starvation and economic hardships.

Pakistan social media star Baloch killed 'by brother'

Muzaffarabad - A Pakistani social media celebrity whose selfies polarised the deeply conservative Muslim country has been murdered by her brother in a suspected honour killing, officials said Saturday, prompting shock and revulsion.

Women holding power worldwide

London - The UK will have its second woman prime minister after premier David Cameron said Interior Minister Theresa May would succeed him on Wednesday.

Murder suspect indicted in case which fuelled misogyny fears

Seoul - The suspect in a murder of a young woman in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district was indicted Sunday, in a case that triggered a public outcry over fears of violent misogyny in South Korea.

UK military to lift ban on women in combat roles

London - The British military will lift the ban on women serving in combat roles later this year, the defence ministry said on Friday in what Prime Minister David Cameron hailed as a "major step".

Tajikistan in shock as mothers kill themselves, their babies

- Pointing to the leaden waters of the river, Manzura Borbieva recalls the horror of seeing her 21-year-old colleague commit suicide with her baby."That's where she jumped in," she said.

'Ghostbusters' backlash reflects Hollywood's sexism problem

Los Angeles - An all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.

Mexico police, troops 'routinely' rape arrested women: Amnesty

- Mexico's police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday.

'Regretting motherhood' debate rages in Germany

Berlin - Is it possible to regret becoming a mother? The question first posed by an Israeli researcher has stirred a debate in Germany like in no other country, shattering a long-held taboo."In Israel, it was settled in a week.

Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against honour killings

Lahore - An influential group of Pakistani clerics has issued a fatwa against honour killings, with a spokesman calling them "unethical and unjustifiable" Monday following a series of attacks on women that have caused national outrage.

Ex-boyfriend given 15 years for shooting Turkish talent singer

Istanbul - A court in southeast Turkey on Thursday sentenced a Turkish man to 15 years in jail for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head after she rose to prominence in a nationwide talent show.

Mothers comfort scared daughters after Pakistan 'honour killing'

Lahore - Two young girls stand inches from charred bricks and ash, staring at the spot where a "kind and gentle" teenager who taught them the Koran was savagely burned by her mother for marrying the man of her choice.

'I want justice': Husband of Pakistani teen murdered for honour

Lahore - The husband of a 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was murdered by her family for marrying him vowed Thursday to do whatever it took to get justice for his young wife.

Have 'at least 3 kids', Erdogan tells Turkish women

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged Turkish women to have at least three children, saying a woman's life was "incomplete" if she failed to have offspring.

200 captive women, girls freed from Colombia sex ring

Estanzuela - Police in Bogota on Saturday rescued some 200 young women and girls who were being held against their will and sexually exploited, city officials said.

Pakistanis hit back as clerics say men can 'lightly beat' wives

Islamabad - Pakistani media and activists poured scorn Friday on a suggestion from an Islamic religious body that men should be allowed to "lightly beat" their wives, made in their draft of a women's protection bill.

Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

Zagreb - Several thousand Croatians, including prime minister's wife, on Saturday joined an anti-abortion march in the capital, raising concerns among rights groups over a possible abortion ban by the conservative rulers.

Fatal stabbing fuels concern over gender violence in S. Korea

Seoul - The brutal murder of a woman in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district has triggered a public outcry and a debate over what some see as a growing streak of violent misogyny in South Korea.

Fatal stabbing fuels concern over gender violence in S. Korea

Seoul - The brutal murder of a woman in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district has triggered a public outcry and a debate over what some see as a growing streak of violent misogyny in South Korea.

Fatal stabbing fuels concern over gender violence in S. Korea

Seoul - The brutal murder of a woman in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district has triggered a public outcry and a debate over what some see as a growing streak of violent misogyny in South Korea.

Concerns raised over Brazil's new all-male government

Washington - Brazil's week-old interim government is regressive and unequal, the Inter-American Commssion on Human Rights said in a statement Wednesday.

DR Congo surgeon warns of 'unbearable atrocities' in country's east

Kinshasa - A leading Congolese surgeon who treats women sexually abused during conflict warned Tuesday of "unbearable atrocities" being committed in the country's east including the mutilation of babies and the disemboweling of pregnant women.

U.S. Supreme Court refers contraception coverage case to lower courts

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.

Trump has a mixed history with women: Report

Washington - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has a mixed history with women, with crude remarks mixed with efforts to foster the career of female employees, The New York Times reported.

Pope ally sees Church 'split in two' over female deacons

Vatican City - Pope Francis's signal that he is open to the possibility of allowing women to enter the Catholic clergy as deacons will trigger fierce debate and deep division in the Church, one of his closest allies was quoted as saying Friday.

Rural midwives on front line of Sierra Leone maternity crisis

Makeni - It is final exams season at Masuba midwifery school in rural Sierra Leone, and 70 more students are about to begin working life at the sharp end of the country's maternal health crisis.

Brazilian women angry at all-male new government

Bras - Brazilian interim President Michel Temer's post-impeachment government is not a day old and already has an image problem. Where are the women?
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