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Afghanistan: Girls targeted in gas attack

Afghanistan: Girls targeted in gas attack

14/05/2009: Taliban militants blamed after 90 pupils poisoned in third attack on girls' school in three weeks. (The Independent)

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

Women's Feature Service
India - New Delhi

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

By Renu Kshetry

Saudi judge: It's OK to slap spendthrift wives

(CNN) -- Husbands are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi judge said recently during a seminar on domestic violence, Saudi media reported Sunday.

Iraqi gays face gruesome torture/murder technique

As the murder campaign targeting Iraqi gays intensifies, a leading Arabic television network last week revealed the use of a horrifying new form of lethal torture against Iraqi gay men - anti-gay Shiite death squads are sealing their anuses with a powerful glue, then inducing diarrhea, which leads to a painful and agonizing death. The use of this stomach-turning new torture was first reported by the Al Arabiya network, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and was alerted to the story by a leading Iraqi feminist and human rights activist.

Honour killings start to bring shame

The taboo surrounding the cruel murder of family members in the name of honour is slowly being broken

By Khaled Diab

Honour killings trial begins

A court heard Thursday that Hasibullah Sadiqi shot his sister and her fiancee because he believed she had brought dishonour on his family by getting engaged without their father's consent.

Al-Wefaq not for 15 as minimum age to tie knot

MANAMA: Lawmakers from the largest opposition bloc in the Bahraini Parliament are opposing setting the minimum marriage age for girls at 15, saying this is against Islamic principles.

Feudal tradition still causing reprisal killings in Southeast Turkey

The country and the people of the southeastern village of Bilge in the province of Mardin, where a massacre took place, killing 44 people in an engagement party, mourn the deaths as they question what kind of customs could have caused such an atrocity; clan rivalry and feud have been mentioned as the possible cause of the mass killings.

Man Stoned To Death In Iran For Adultery

TEHRAN (Reuters) -- A man has been stoned to death in Iran for adultery but the woman involved in the case repented, the judiciary said, suggesting her life was spared.

African villages denounce female circumcision

(CNN) -- Ten villages in western Niger have publicly denounced the practice of female genital mutilation, according to a UNICEF report.

Female Pakistani singer killed In Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Ayman Udas, a rising female vocalist in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, was shot at her home, allegedly by her own brothers.

'Honour' killing jail term halved

AMMAN - A COURT on Wednesday halved the jail term of a Syrian man who strangled to death his Jordanian wife he suspected of having had an affair with a friend, a judicial official said.

UN Report: "Honor Killings" Rampant in Iraq

In Iraq, a story of rape, shame and 'honor killing'

Alaa al-Marjani / Associated Press