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Study blames men for menopause

Men and their preference for younger female mates may have led to the phenomenon of menopause in women, according to a controversial study by Canadian researchers published this week.

Study blames men for menopause
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Police check of veiled woman sparks clashes near Paris

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd in a town on the outskirts of Paris where clashes erupted on Wednesday night after they questioned a woman wearing a full facial veil, which is banned in France.

Police check of veiled woman sparks clashes near Paris
Women see flicker of hope for rights in Iran vote
Women see flicker of hope for rights in Iran vote

Iran's presidential election is offering a flicker of hope to activists hoping to revive women's rights after they deteriorated during the eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency.

Women see flicker of hope for rights in Iran vote
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US to allow morning-after pill for girls of any age

The Obama administration said Monday it would comply with a judge's order to allow women and girls of any age to purchase emergency contraception, ending its efforts to restrict the drug's availability.

US to allow morning-after pill for girls of any age
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church

El Salvador's Catholic Church accused activists Sunday of using the case of a woman who delivered a baby with cerebral malformation to "open the door" to legalized abortion.

Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Simple vinegar test cuts cervical cancer deaths
Simple vinegar test cuts cervical cancer deaths

A simple vinegar test cut cervical cancer rates among Indian women by nearly a third and could prevent 73,000 deaths worldwide each year.

Simple vinegar test cuts cervical cancer deaths
Skirt-clad Romanian women promote 'stylish' cycling
Skirt-clad Romanian women promote 'stylish' cycling

More than 1,500 Romanian women in colourful skirts and high heels cycled through the country's main cities to promote urban biking as a "stylish and fun" way of transport.

Skirt-clad Romanian women promote 'stylish' cycling
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New law reignites debate over Germany's 'baby hatch'

Germany's "baby hatches", where women can safely leave their unwanted newborn, have come under fire as the government pushes a new law to guarantee a child the right to eventually know its mother's identity.

New law reignites debate over Germany's 'baby hatch'
Women more at risk than men of smoking, drinking: study
Women more at risk than men of smoking, drinking: study

Women who smoke and drink heavily are at a higher risk of early death than men who do the same.

Women more at risk than men of smoking, drinking: study
Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice
Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice

A Japanese politician who drew fire for calling "comfort women" a wartime necessity has been forced to apologise for suggesting US soldiers in Okinawa visit brothels to vent their violent frustrations.

Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice
Indian woman is first female amputee to climb Everest
Indian woman is first female amputee to climb Everest

An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest.

Indian woman is first female amputee to climb Everest
Majority reject Japan mayor on comfort women: poll
Majority reject Japan mayor on comfort women: poll

A large majority of Japanese people disagree with a high-profile politician who said women forced to provide sex during World War II were a military necessity.

Majority reject Japan mayor on comfort women: poll
Japan mayor ready to apologise to comfort women
Japan mayor ready to apologise to comfort women

The maverick mayor of Osaka on Thursday offered to meet former "comfort women" to apologise for their suffering after causing an international storm when he said they served a "necessary" role in wartime.

Japan mayor ready to apologise to comfort women
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©REUTERS/Andrew Taylor
Australian PM brought to tears in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tough exterior cracked Wednesday as she choked back tears while introducing a bill into parliament on disability reforms.

Australian PM brought to tears in parliament
Women hail 'brave' Jolie's mastectomy revelation
Women hail 'brave' Jolie's mastectomy revelation

Health activists, doctors and movie fans hailed glamorous Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie on Tuesday for her decision to reveal that she had had her breasts removed to reduce her cancer risk.

Women hail 'brave' Jolie's mastectomy revelation
Voters throng polls in Pakistan's political heart
Voters throng polls in Pakistan's political heart

Saima Ali had a message for Pakistan's women as the country went to the polls: ignore the Taliban threats and vote.

Voters throng polls in Pakistan's political heart
Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses
Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses

Turkish Airlines has reversed a ban on air hostesses wearing brightly-coloured lipstick following accusations it was trying to Islamise the company under government influence.

Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses
Berlin's Barbie Dreamhouse a pink feminist nightmare
Berlin's Barbie Dreamhouse a pink feminist nightmare

The opening this month of the first life-sized Barbie Dreamhouse in Europe may be the fantasy of many a little girl, but Berlin feminists are mobilising against what they call a sexist icon.

Berlin's Barbie Dreamhouse a pink feminist nightmare
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Kazakhstan looks to more women in police

The number of policewomen will reach 30 percent in Kazakhstan by 2020.

Kazakhstan looks to more women in police
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DRC named worst place to be mother

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday displaced fellow African nation Niger to gain the unenviable distinction of being the worst place in the world to be a mother.

DRC named worst place to be mother