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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
July 27, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Less than three weeks before Iraq's National Assembly is to approve a new constitution, the U.S. appears increasingly concerned about the document and is vocally trying to influence its provisions on issues such as women's rights, federalism and the distribution of oil revenue. Instead of staying behind the scenes as did his predecessor, U.S.
July 20, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A draft version of the constitution would make fundamental changes in the legal rights of Iraqi women, undoing decades of progressive treatment and likely sharply reducing the number of women in the National Assembly. Currently, women hold 31% of the seats in the National Assembly, and under the Transitional Administrative Law that set up the assembly, they must hold at least 25% of the seats.
July 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Egyptian feminist author Nawal Saadawi said she was pulling out of September's presidential election because a recent constitutional amendment sets restrictions that make the emergence of viable candidates impossible. Saadawi, 73, decided last year to challenge President Hosni Mubarak, who is widely expected to seek a fifth term. But under rules set in May she would need endorsements from 65 of the 444 elected members of the lower house of parliament, 90% of whom are from the ruling party.
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