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Pakistani woman 'strangled for helping friend elope'

Peshawar - A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said Thursday, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of "honour killings".

Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics

Tehran - Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.

The battle for birth control: Afghanistan's new fight

Balkh - "Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills.

Chatting with country singer Travis Rice: 'Women, Water and Beer' Special

Country singer Travis Rice chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Women, Water and Beer," and dream female duet choices in country.

Women's blessing at Jerusalem's Western Wall curtailed

Jerusalem - A bid by a Jewish women's group to challenge tradition at Jerusalem's Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed Sunday after a decision by Israel's attorney general.

Egypt cuts TV host's jail term over 'women are adulterous' slur

Cairo - A Cairo court on Wednesday reduced to three months a three-year sentence for a man imprisoned for saying many women in Egypt are adulterous, a judicial official said.

'Hijab Day' at Paris university divides opinion

Paris - Students at an elite Paris university sparked fierce debate Wednesday by inviting classmates to wear the Muslim veil for a day in a bid to "demystify" a practice that is highly divisive in France.

Strong interest in U.S. cab service just for women and children

New York - US entrepreneur Michael Pelletz's project of a rideshare service for women and children -- with vehicles driven by women -- has prompted such interest that he is postponing the service's launch date.

Killer of Turkish female student 'shot dead in prison'

Istanbul - A man convicted for the murder of a 20-year-old female student, in a case that sparked fury over violence against women in Turkey last year, was on Monday shot dead in prison, the government said.

Afghan lawmaker under fire after controversial interview on rape

Kabul - A video of an Afghan lawmaker purportedly threatening to cut off a reporter's nose after she asked his views on marital rape has gone viral and sparked widespread condemnation online.

Mexico music video showing woman murder sparks outrage

- A man finds his lover in bed with another man. He pulls a gun, shoots the rival dead, ties up the woman, drags her to a car, stuffs her in the trunk and smiles as he sets it on fire.

'Sexists' and 'perverts': insults rock Turkish politics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed an allegedly sexist remark by Turkey's opposition leader as an "affront" to all Turkish women on Friday, further fueling a colourful war of words which erupted earlier in the week.

India court says women have equal right to enter temples

Mumbai - Angry villagers blocked a group of women activists from entering the inner sanctum of a temple in western India Saturday, despite a court order mandating Hindu women's right to worship.

Lebanon police 'rescue 75 mainly Syrian sex slaves'

Birut - Lebanon's security forces have dismantled the country's largest known sex trafficking ring and freed 75 mainly Syrian women, a security source said on Friday.

Japan stumbles over baby steps to encourage working mums

Toukyo - Akane had always enjoyed her job at a Tokyo call centre until, unlike many Japanese mothers, she decided to return to work after finishing her maternity leave.

FDA issues Black Box warning for Essure — Lawsuits keep growing

A federal court ruled that 2 cases of women who claim they were harmed by Bayer's birth control device Essure can continue. In the meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box" label to warn the public about its dangerousness.

U.S. top court floats bid for compromise on contraception

Washington - The US Supreme Court looked to be seeking compromise on how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.

U.S. honors 'International Women of Courage'

Washington - The United States issued awards Tuesday to 14 lawyers, activists, humanitarians and reformers said to represent "International Women of Courage.

Israel's 'chained women' fight for right to divorce

Jerusalem - She is one of Israel's "chained women" -- the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wives denied a divorce by their husbands and prevented from breaking free by the country's use of Jewish law.

Women: The Achilles heel that could doom Trump

New York - "Bimbo," "dog," "fat pig" -- Donald Trump has never minced his words about women he doesn't like, but prolific insults and personal attacks on prominent females may cost him the election.

UN Women condemns sexism against Brazil's president

Bras - The United Nations office on women's rights in Brazil said Thursday that President Dilma Rousseff has been the victim of "sexist political violence" by opponents seeking to oust her.

Chadian gang-rape victim demands justice for all women

Paris - Chadian teenager Zouhoura, whose gang-rape by young men from well-to-do families sparked unprecedented mass protests in her country, says she wants justice for herself and for "all women" who have long suffered in silence.

How Japan's first dressmaking school changed women's lives

Toukyo - Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago.

Italy sexism row over 'mayor no job for a mamma' claims

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi sparked fury Tuesday by claiming that being mayor of Rome was "no job for a mother" while backing a male candidate who advised a pregnant rival to stick to breastfeeding.

Flowerpot barrage stops Turkish man killing wife

Istanbul - A Turkish man was stopped from killing his wife on Friday by a hail of flowerpots thrown by neighbours from their balconies, local media reported.

HRW slams reduced sentences in mob killing of Afghan woman

Kabul - Human Rights Watch has slammed Afghanistan's justice system after the country's top court upheld reduced sentences in the savage mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the Koran.

Turkish first lady says harem was 'school' for women

Ankara - The wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday hailed the harem of the Ottoman sultans as "a school for preparing women for life".

Babies and boldness for Myanmar's new wave of women MPs

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar MP Wint Wah Tun cradles the baby she named "Parliament" and explains why she shrugged off conservative attitudes to enter parliament as part of a flood of new women lawmakers for Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party.

Turkey's Erdogan says 'women are above all mothers'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he believed that "a woman is above all else a mother", in a speech marking International Women's Day.

Japanese women still face 100 day wait to remarry

Toukyo - Japanese women still face a 100 day wait before they can remarry following legal changes approved Tuesday by the country’s cabinet, a move condemned as discriminatory by a UN rights group.
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