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February 1, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
The kiss lasted a few seconds. The morality play it inspired lasted more than six months, riveting Israelis and their legal system on a single question: Did she or didn't she want it? The drama ended Wednesday when the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ruled that a 21-year-old female army first lieutenant "did not flirt with the accused, did not initiate the kiss and did not consent to it."
December 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Following up on a death threat, Taliban militants broke into a house and fatally shot two teachers and three family members, bringing to 20 the number of educators slain in attacks this year, officials and a relative said Saturday. The attack on two teachers, sisters living in the same house, happened overnight in a village in the eastern province of Kunar, near the border with Pakistan.
October 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Congress voted as expected Thursday to ban all abortions, including those that could save a mother's life. If signed into law by President Enrique Bolanos, the measure would eliminate a century-old exception to Nicaragua's abortion ban that permits the procedure if three doctors certify that the woman's health is at risk. Fifty-two lawmakers voted for the measure, nine abstained and 29 did not attend the session.
October 9, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
In the fight to preserve the toughest abortion ban in the nation, the talk is not of a fetus' right to life. It's of a woman's right to motherhood. Antiabortion activists here deliberately avoid the familiar slogans of their movement. They don't talk about the "murder of innocent babies" or quote the Bible on the sanctity of life.
September 27, 2006 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
If there was one moment in time that makes every career woman cringe, it was the heyday of dressing for success with shoulder pads fit for a quarterback and worse -- the little floppy bowtie. It wasn't just a fashion detour, that bowtie, it signaled a wrong turn into imitating men instead of bringing a feminine sensibility to the work world.
September 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The government agreed to a compromise with hard-line Islamic lawmakers on proposed changes to a law that has long made punishing rapists almost impossible, a legislator said. The widely criticized law, based on Islamic tenets, requires a woman who claims to have been raped to produce four witnesses. A ruling-party lawmaker said the government had agreed to a compromise by letting victims choose between prosecuting under the four-witness rule or under Pakistan's civil penal code.
July 11, 2006 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
When a self-taught lawyer and activist named Chen Guangcheng went public with reports of forced abortions and other abuses by family-planning officials in China's Shandong province, he became a local hero. He also became a state threat. Roughly a year later, despite international pressure, widespread support from lawyers and an acknowledgment from national officials that many of his disclosures were accurate, the 35-year-old Chen remains in custody.
June 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police with batons and shields beat women's rights demonstrators in a downtown Tehran square, injuring one protester and detaining 20. The protest by about 200 women was organized by a previously unknown group calling itself the Labor and Communist Party. "We are women, we are human, but we don't have any rights!" protesters chanted. About 100 police, including female officers, attacked the demonstrators and dispersed them about an hour after the protest began.
June 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran is one of the world's worst offenders in allowing women to be sold into the sex trade, the United States said in an annual report on human trafficking worldwide. The State Department downgraded Iran into its worst category, which includes 12 nations assessed to have done little to stop the trade, which involves as many as 800,000 victims. The report cites a 16-year-old trafficking victim who was publicly hanged in Iran for having sex outside of marriage.
April 28, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A Christian group decrying Islam as oppressive to women drew scores of supporters to Riverside Community College on Thursday, along with dozens of boisterous Muslim student counterprotesters. The tense, 90-minute gathering began as a lecture and degenerated into heated arguments and one-on-one theological debates, with campus police eventually stepping in to disperse the crowd.
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