Apr 16, 2015

Global surge reported in people opening first bank accounts

Africans using cellphones, older Chinese, and Indians getting a push from their government have fueled an unprecedented surge of people opening their first bank accounts. The number people with an account — either on mobile phones or at bank branches — jumped by 700 ...

Apr 14, 2015

Iran to appoint first female ambassador since Islamic Revolution: reports

Iran will appoint its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the semi-official Fars and Mehr news agencies said late on Monday, citing unspecified reports. The post would go to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, one of Iran’s most high-profile female ...

Boko Haram abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, report says

Apr 14, 2015

Boko Haram abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, report says

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The human rights group’s 90-page ...

Apr 10, 2015

Subsidies eyed for companies promoting women's employment

The labor ministry is considering rewarding small and medium-sized companies with subsidies of up to ¥600,000 ($4,997) for achieving numerical and other targets for women’s participation in the workforce, sources said Thursday. Under the draft plan, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare would ...

Apr 4, 2015

California man gets 18 years for 'revenge porn' site

A California man who posted thousands of sexually explicit photos of men and women on a “revenge porn” website was jailed for 18 years on Friday in what was described as the first case of its kind in U.S. criminal history. San Diego man ...