Nov 26, 2014

'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

Singapore on Wednesday banned U.S.-based “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimizing “sexual assault and predation.” The move follows a similar ban by Britain last week. Officials in other ...

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Nov 25, 2014

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men and claiming feminists in Turkey reject the idea of motherhood. The devoutly Muslim president said Sunday that biological differences mean women and men can’t ...

Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

Nov 21, 2014

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the ...

U.N. marks global crisis with a large inflatable toilet

Nov 20, 2014

U.N. marks global crisis with a large inflatable toilet

Yes, that was a large inflatable toilet standing outside the United Nations headquarters. It was World Toilet Day. Far from a laughing matter, the world body was seeking to draw attention Wednesday to a global sanitation crisis: 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation services, ...

Nov 20, 2014

'Pick-up artist' Julien Blanc banned from U.K.

The British government on Wednesday banned controversial U.S.-based “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the country after nearly 160,000 people signed a petition accusing him of encouraging “physical and emotional abuse.” Granting Blanc a visa “could have led to an increase in sexual violence ...