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675 Pakistan ‘honour killing’ victims: commission

At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of the year for allegedly defaming their family’s honour, a leading human rights group said Tuesday. The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there…

Israeli’s Netanyahu pledges to fight Jewish extremism

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday pledged anew to rein in a wave of attacks on Palestinian and Israeli property by disgruntled Jewish settlers, his office said. Speaking at a candle-lighting ceremony to start the eight-day Jewish festival of Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights,Netanyahu told soldiers at a West…

Egypt military ‘regrets’ women beaten in protests

Egypt’s military said on Tuesday it strongly regretted attacks on female demonstrators as footage of soldiers beating women fuelled deadly anti-military protests in Cairo for a fifth straight day. The ruling generals, facing a backlash after footage circulated of soldiers beating female protesters and partly stripping a veiled woman as they dragged her, pledged…

Feminist protesters ‘kidnapped, stripped’ by Belarus KGB

Three Ukrainian feminists who staged a topless protest mocking the Belarussian strongman were “kidnapped” by KGB security agents who forced them to strip naked in a forest and threatened to torch them, the group charged Tuesday. The three members of the radical Femen group had gone missing after their protest Monday outside the offices of the Belarussian…

Kazakhstan shuts down cell phones, Internet to stem protests

By Adam Taylor Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, autocratic ruler of the post-Soviet country for 20 years, has reportedly shut down large portions of his country’s mobile and internet networks in a bid to quell recent rioting, TechEye reports. Details on the uprising are unclear given the secretive nature of Nazarbayev’s government, but reports…

Iraqi PM calls for crisis talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for talks with rival political leaders on Tuesday to head off a worsening crisis since an arrest warrant was issued for the Sunni vice president, an aide said. “Maliki is calling for a conference of heads of political blocs and political leaders to discuss…

Phone hacking Russian style: Opposition party under fire

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In a sign Vladimir Putin’s allies may be getting serious about tackling the biggest protests of his 12-year rule, a loyal media outlet has published telephone calls of an opposition leader laced with profanities denigrating colleagues and followers. True to Russia’s history of KGB-style stings, the recordings…

Arab revolution puts women’s rights in the spotlight

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride’s hands and feet. Clapping her hands to the music as she waited for the bride to…

Chinese police ‘fire tear-gas and beat protesters’

Police fired tear-gas and beat demonstrators who stormed government buildings in southern China on Tuesday to protest against a power plant, witnesses said, in the latest violent unrest to hit the country. Residents of Haimen, a town in the province of Guangdong, are demanding the coal-fired plant be moved, saying…

Karzai wants immediate halt to NATO night raids

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday demanded an immediate halt to controversial NATO-led night raids and for foreign forces to stop entering Afghan homes, his spokesman said. The comments come after NATO on Monday defended the operations as the safest way of targeting insurgent leaders, insisting they will continue but…

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