Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Jul 8, 2014

Nigerian mother fasts as hope of rescue for abducted girls fades

As the weeks stretch into months since her 18-year-old daughter Hauwa was kidnapped with 275 other schoolgirls by Islamist militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Rahila Musa Bitrus fasts and prays for her safe return. “I haven’t given up, but it’s obvious that ...

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

Jul 5, 2014

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

AP Ireland’s Labour Party elected its first female leader on Friday, naming lawmaker Joan Burton to guide the country’s traditional voice for the poor. Welcoming her election, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Burton’s appointment as deputy prime minister, a post previously held by the ...

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. Navy gets its first female four-star admiral

The U.S. Navy has its first female four-star admiral. She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted Tuesday to the service’s highest rank. The ceremony was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon. She will serve ...

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

| Jul 2, 2014

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the Republicans’ “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide ...

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Jun 30, 2014

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Signature bottle of bourbon in one hand, “Amy Smackhouse” uses the other to slam down her opponent’s arm, her latest victory in a Washington women’s arm-wrestling tournament. The light-hearted event aims to raise money for charity, but there is a competitive edge of sorts. ...

Jun 30, 2014

Pakistan girl dies after suitor sets her on fire

A teenage girl died in Pakistan after being doused in gasoline and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected, police said Sunday. It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, following ...