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Saudi Arabian woman in historic Mount Everest climb

Raha Moharrak, who was among a party of 64 climbers, becomes first female from the country to scale the mountain A Saudi Arabian woman has become the first woman from her country to climb Mount Everest. Raha Moharrak was one of 64 climbers who scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side…

New Yorkers unnerved by neighbor’s voyeuristic photos

Residents of a New York City apartment building are up in arms over an exhibition of candid photographs one of their neighbors took of them, without their knowledge or permission. A gallery show — “The Neighbors” — of the pictures taken surreptitiously by American photographer Arne Svenson opened last week…

Confederate Civil War General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson venerated with lemons 150 years after his death

It has been 150 years since Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died, and visitors are still bringing flowers — and lemons — to shrines that honor the memory of the Confederate army general. Jackson was one of the most successful generals in the 1861-1865 US civil war, and according to legend he…

Actor Gerard Depardieu compares Vladimir Putin to Pope John Paul II

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday compared President Vladimir Putin to the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent is what Russia needs as a leader. Depardieu is preparing to shoot a new film in Moscow and the Chechen capital Grozny — a…

Debate on bill to protect Afghan women from violence halted after complaints it is ‘against Islamic teaching’

The Afghan parliament on Saturday cut short a debate on a bill to protect women from violence after complaints from some traditionalist MPs that it was against Islamic teaching. The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, which was passed by a presidential decree in 2009, is seen as a…

New report explores ‘nontraditional’ ways to fight drug trafficking in Latin America

A new report by the Organization of American…  …

Bollywood bad boy Sanjay Dutt held in ‘terrorist’ jail for arms possession

Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt, who is in jail for arms possession, is being held in a cell built for militants where he cannot see daylight and wants to be transferred, a report said Saturday. Dutt, 53, surrendered on Thursday to serve out the remaining three-and-a-half years of a five-year term…

Facebook exec and ‘Lean In’ author Sheryl Sandberg says it’s OK for women to cry at work

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview published Saturday says it’s ok for women to cry at work, share emotions and be honest about their femininity. Sandberg shot to global fame after her the publication of her best-selling book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to…

Three new factory suicides at Apple supplier Foxconn

Three Foxconn workers have committed suicide at a factory in China in the past three weeks, a labour rights group said on Saturday. All three jumped to their deaths at a plant in the central city of Zhengzhou run by the Taiwanese electronics giant. A 30-year-old married man killed himself…

France legalizes same-sex marriage

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed it into law following months of bitter political debate. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the…

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