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Arrests, breasts, chainsaws: Punk world backs Pussy Riot
Arrests, breasts, chainsaws: Punk world backs Pussy Riot

A topless Ukrainian feminist felled a cross with a chainsaw, balaclava-clad New Yorkers braved arrest to picket an Orthodox church and Bulgarian punks re-decorated a war memorial.

Arrests, breasts, chainsaws: Punk world backs Pussy Riot
Colombia rebels release two hostages: Red Cross
Colombia rebels release two hostages: Red Cross

Leftist Colombian guerrillas on Monday released two women they had held captive for nearly three weeks in the east of the country.

Colombia rebels release two hostages: Red Cross
Demos in Tunisia for women's rights and against Islamists
Demos in Tunisia for women's rights and against Islamists

Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated in the capital late Monday for women's rights in the biggest show of force by the opposition since April as the Islamist-led government faces growing dissent.

Demos in Tunisia for women's rights and against Islamists
Taiwan couple in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Taiwan couple in same-sex Buddhist wedding

Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.

Taiwan couple in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Obama in new push for women's votes
Obama in new push for women's votes

US President Barack Obama aggravated a culture war battle over contraception as he wooed women voters Wednesday, warning that Mitt Romney's Republicans would turn back the clock to the 1950s.

Obama in new push for women's votes
Marilyn Monroe. Photo courtesy of windoweb.it
Marilyn Monroe's blonde bombshell smolders on

She was the prototype blonde bombshell and 50 years after her sudden death, the smoke from Marilyn Monroe's one-woman sexual revolution has yet to clear.

Marilyn Monroe's blonde bombshell smolders on
Members of female punk band "Pussy Riot". ©REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
Pussy Riot becomes cause celebre in Putin's Russia

In February, five women walked silently into Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour before clambering over railings, pulling on balaclavas and yelling out a protest song against Vladimir Putin.

Pussy Riot becomes cause celebre in Putin's Russia
Egypt all-veiled TV aims to cover women's needs
Egypt all-veiled TV aims to cover women's needs

A satellite channel run and hosted by fully-veiled presenters aims to break down the barriers for women in niqab who until the revolution were shunned by Egypt's lucrative television industry.

Egypt all-veiled TV aims to cover women's needs
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Olympics: North Korea flag blunder mars day one

London's Olympics got off to an embarrassing start Wednesday when North Korea's women footballers refused to play after a mix-up over their national flag, in one of a series of blunders.

Olympics: North Korea flag blunder mars day one
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Olympics kick off but flag error sparks protest

Britain's women footballers kicked off the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony, but controversy erupted later over a mistake with the North Korean flag.

Olympics kick off but flag error sparks protest
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China's 'unwanted' single women feel the pressure

Xu, a pretty woman in her 30s, warily walked into a Beijing singles club in a bid to shed her status as one of China's "Unwanted".

China's 'unwanted' single women feel the pressure
Sally Ride, first US woman in space dead at 61
Sally Ride, first US woman in space dead at 61

Sally Ride, the first American woman to journey into space, died on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sally Ride, first US woman in space dead at 61
Thalidomide victim. ©REUTERS/Stringer
Australian woman wins key thalidomide settlement

An Australian woman born without arms and legs after her mother took thalidomide during pregnancy on Wednesday won a landmark multi-million dollar settlement in her class action against drug firms.

Australian woman wins key thalidomide settlement
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Google's first female engineer jumps to Yahoo! helm

Sullivan expected 37-year-old Mayer to put her proven approach to work as the new chief officer at faded Internet pioneer Yahoo!.

Google's first female engineer jumps to Yahoo! helm
Mavzuna Choriyeva. Photo courteys of toptj.com
Olympics: Tajik 'million dollar baby' punches way to London

Tajikistan is for the first time sending a female boxer to the London Olympics who is on a mission not only to win but to smash gender stereotypes in the religiously conservative ex-Soviet state.

Olympics: Tajik 'million dollar baby' punches way to London
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Saudi women in 'breakthrough' Olympics

Saudi Arabia's decision to allow two female athletes to compete at the Olympic Games overturns a decades-old taboo imposed by the conservative Muslim monarchy which still bars women from sports at home.

Saudi women in 'breakthrough' Olympics
Afghan women protest over woman's public execution
Afghan women protest over woman's public execution

Dozens of Afghan women's rights activists took to the streets Wednesday to protest against the recent public execution of a young woman for alleged adultery, which was captured in a horrific video.

Afghan women protest over woman's public execution
More women run with charging bulls in Pamplona
More women run with charging bulls in Pamplona

After years of dreaming about it, Oneika Raymond finally joined a growing band of women lured by the Spanish thrill of being chased by giant, fighting bulls through Pamplona.

More women run with charging bulls in Pamplona
Dictator's daughter runs for S. Korea presidency
Dictator's daughter runs for S. Korea presidency

Park Geun-Hye, the daughter of a former South Korean dictator, Tuesday formally announced her bid to become the country's first woman president and vowed to work for a fairer economy.

Dictator's daughter runs for S. Korea presidency
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VIDEO: Britain shocked by Afghan execution video

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday said he was "shocked and disgusted" by reports that the Taliban publicly executed an Afghan woman accused of adultery.

VIDEO: Britain shocked by Afghan execution video