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WORLD
March 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
About 2,000 men marched in Bangladesh's capital ahead of today's observance of International Women's Day to protest acid attacks that permanently disfigure many women each year, organizers said. The protesters carried placards and banners reading "Stop acid violence, respect women's rights" and "Throwing acid is a heinous crime." Most of the victims are attacked by spurned lovers.
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NATIONAL
February 25, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
South Dakota lawmakers crafted a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade on Friday, passing a bill that bans abortions -- including in cases of rape or incest -- except for those in which the procedure is deemed necessary to save a woman's life. The sweeping measure, which Republican Gov. Michael Rounds said he was inclined to sign into law, seems certain to face legal challenge. Some abortion opponents say that is precisely the point.
WORLD
February 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Sexually abusing a teenager is a less serious crime if the girl is not a virgin, an Italian court ruled. It granted the appeal of a man identified as Marco T. who forced his 14-year-old stepdaughter to have oral sex. He now could get a lighter sentence. "I think we have gone back 50 years," said Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, who aids sexually abused women. Luana Zanella of the Greens party also blasted the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Two federal appeals courts on opposite coasts Tuesday declared Congress' ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure unconstitutional -- making it a virtual certainty that newly confirmed Justice Samuel A. Alito will have the opportunity to rule on the issue in the future. Both the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the law was flawed because it failed to provide an exception when the health of a woman was at stake.
WORLD
January 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a women's publication in the first media crackdown since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in August. No reason was given for the moves, but a journalist at the economic daily Asia said it had been warned about printing photos of women deemed improperly dressed. Nour-e Banovan, aimed at women, had not yet been published.
WORLD
December 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Two suspected Taliban guerrillas dragged a teacher from a classroom in southern Afghanistan and shot him to death after he ignored their warning letters to stop teaching girls, police said. Thursday's attack occurred in Helmand province's Nad Ali district, Police Chief Abdul Rahman Sabir said.
WORLD
December 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Central African Republic told radio and TV stations to stop airing songs that encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music hinders national development. "It's out of the question that music of misogynist character should be allowed to ride roughshod over questions of equality and the respect of the Central African woman," a Communications Ministry official said. Polygamy is legal in the former French colony, with men allowed to have up to four wives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Chaundra Smith got pregnant last spring. Awash in conflicting emotions, she was sure about one thing: Telling her parents wasn't an option. "I just didn't want to disappoint them," the Austin high school senior recalled. But when Smith telephoned an abortion clinic for an appointment, she learned that state law required what she so desperately sought to avoid -- that her parents be notified.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Missouri officials must let a pregnant inmate have an abortion, the Supreme Court said Monday, rejecting an appeal by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. The state argued that taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for transporting the woman to an abortion clinic. Blunt criticized the court, saying its decision "is highly offensive to traditional Missouri values and is contrary to state law, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent to facilitate abortions."
WORLD
September 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Pakistani man cut the nose and lips off his 19-year-old sister-in-law after she went to court for a divorce, police said. Mohammed Hasan Abbas shot at Amna Abbas and her brother, causing them to fall off a bicycle, as they left court in Punjab province. Abbas attacked the woman, mutilating her face, police said. Abbas fled and the woman was hospitalized.
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