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Turkey allows policewomen to wear Islamic headscarf

Istanbul - Turkey has for the first time allowed policewomen to wear the Islamic headscarf as part of their uniform, according to a ruling published in the official gazette Saturday.

Egypt state TV takes anchorwomen off air until they lose weight

Cairo - Egypt's state-run television has taken several anchorwomen off the air until they lose weight, the broadcaster's chief told AFP, drawing criticism from rights groups but also praise from some commentators.

Global database for women exposed to Zika

Paris - Swiss doctors have asked thousands of colleagues worldwide to provide data for the first global registry of women exposed to Zika, the team's lead researcher said Tuesday.

Warning over period tracker apps

Women have been warned against using period tracker apps, for the purposes of contraception, by a leading medical organization. The apps are simply not accurate enough.

Protesters try to disrupt Rio marathon

Rio De Janeiro - Protesters sought to disrupt the Olympic women's marathon on Sunday running in front of the leaders near the finish before being intercepted by police on motorcycles.

Peru protests against gender violence draw 50,000

- Some 50,000 people marched Saturday in Peru's capital and other cities, police said, to protest rampant violence against women in a highly conservative society.The country recorded 95 murders of women last year.

Outcry in France as abused woman stays in jail

Melun - A French court on Friday refused to release a woman pardoned for killing her abusive husband, prompting an outcry over a case that has become a cause celebre.

Women: A long road to equality

Paris - Inequalities between men and women are widespread around the world but vary widely according to geographical zone.Progress has, however, been made for women in the areas of education, access to jobs and political representation.

More women win power but still few and far between

London - Led by Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, there have never been so many experienced and ambitious women in positions of influence, even if they remain heavily outnumbered.

10 powerful women

Paris - They still face a fight for their rights, but women have begun to break through the glass ceiling and join the select group of global political leaders.

USA's Thrasher claims first Rio gold in shooting

Rio De Janeiro - US teenager Virginia Thrasher claimed the first Rio Olympics gold medal with her final shot in the shooting on Saturday.

The last bastion of 'sworn virgins': Albania

Shkodra - At the age of 16, living in a remote village in northern Albania, Shkurta Hasanpapaj faced being forced into marriage. There was just one way out, and the young woman grasped it: she took the ancient, gender-bending oath to become a "sworn virgin".

Pope 'opens door' to female deacons with new panel

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.

Sole Afghan woman governor in a man's world

Nili - Surrounded by male advisors and condescending "mansplainers", Masooma Muradi holds her own against a deep underswell of sexism in a society unaccustomed to women exercising authority.

Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

Kabul - An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.

Husband of UK woman killed in Pakistan calls for justice

Rawalpindi - The husband of a British woman who was killed in Pakistan has called for the UK and Pakistani governments to ensure his wife received justice, as he sought to keep the spotlight on so-called "honour" killings.

Pakistan police investigate 'honour' killing of British woman

Islamabad - Pakistani police are investigating after a British man claimed his wife had been murdered in a so-called "honour" killing, ten days after the death of a social media star cast a spotlight on the practice.

U.S. Army special forces accepts first female candidates

Washington - Two women will soon be the first female soldiers to undergo training to become members of the Green Berets, the US Army's special forces, the military said Monday.

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.
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