Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Jun 24, 2015

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse in the wake of the shootings that killed nine people at a black church. ...

Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

Jun 24, 2015

Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand separation of the sexes, and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany ...

Tokyo lawyer leads U.N. women's rights group

Jun 23, 2015

Tokyo lawyer leads U.N. women's rights group

by Yumiko Doi

Yoko Hayashi, the first Japanese head of a U.N. watchdog on women’s rights, is geared up to help improve the lives of females suffering discrimination. In February, the 59-year-old Tokyo-based lawyer assumed the chair of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against ...