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On Roe vs. Wade anniversary, U.S. House approves abortion curbs

Jan 23, 2015

On Roe vs. Wade anniversary, U.S. House approves abortion curbs

U.S. House Republicans pushed through a controversial bill tightening federal abortion restrictions Thursday, touching a raw nerve on the 42nd anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. As pro-life demonstrators gathered in front of the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives voted ...

Jan 16, 2015

Iran to combat 'immoral' dating with official marriage site

Iran has announced plans to combat what it says are “immoral” online dating websites by launching an official site for young people seeking marriage. Local media quoted officials as saying the site would launch in the next few days and promote long-term marriages among ...

Jan 15, 2015

Spain boosts fight against female genital mutilation

Parents in Spain will be asked to sign a declaration promising their daughters will not undergo female genital mutilation when they visit nations where the practice is common, under a new government protocol approved Wednesday. The measure is part of a comprehensive strategy for ...

Jan 15, 2015

Tanzania bans witch doctors to stem grisly albino murders

Tanzania has banned witch doctors to try to stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft. “These so-called witches bear responsibility for the attacks against albinos,” interior ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said Wednesday. The ban follows the kidnapping ...

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

Jan 14, 2015

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

A children’s beauty pageant in Colombia, dubbed “Little Miss Thong,” sparked outrage online Tuesday, but local officials are defending the contest, which features a parade of eight-year-old girls wearing skimpy swimwear. In the pageant, held Sunday in the northeastern town of Barbosa, young girls ...