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Jan 16, 2015

Iran to combat 'immoral' dating with official marriage site

Iran has announced plans to combat what it says are “immoral” online dating websites by launching an official site for young people seeking marriage. Local media quoted officials as saying the site would launch in the next few days and promote long-term marriages among ...

Jan 15, 2015

Spain boosts fight against female genital mutilation

Parents in Spain will be asked to sign a declaration promising their daughters will not undergo female genital mutilation when they visit nations where the practice is common, under a new government protocol approved Wednesday. The measure is part of a comprehensive strategy for ...

Jan 15, 2015

Tanzania bans witch doctors to stem grisly albino murders

Tanzania has banned witch doctors to try to stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft. “These so-called witches bear responsibility for the attacks against albinos,” interior ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said Wednesday. The ban follows the kidnapping ...

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

Jan 14, 2015

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

A children’s beauty pageant in Colombia, dubbed “Little Miss Thong,” sparked outrage online Tuesday, but local officials are defending the contest, which features a parade of eight-year-old girls wearing skimpy swimwear. In the pageant, held Sunday in the northeastern town of Barbosa, young girls ...

Activist sees public shift on dolphins in captivity

Jan 13, 2015

Activist sees public shift on dolphins in captivity

Ric O’Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public’s mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved “Flipper” TV series in the 1960s to a notorious activist featured in the 2009 documentary ...

Jan 10, 2015

Russia bans transgender drivers

New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual “disorders” from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons. The new regulations have been criticized by rights activists, who see them as unconstitutional and likely to exacerbate an already hostile climate for the lesbian, ...

Jan 9, 2015

Experts warn governments to plan for climate change migrants

Governments need to plan better for rising migration driven by climate change, experts said on Thursday, citing evidence that extreme weather and natural disasters force far more people from their homes than wars. Projections by leading climate scientists of rising sea levels, heatwaves, floods ...

Rise of Lebanese-born porn star divides her homeland

Jan 7, 2015

Rise of Lebanese-born porn star divides her homeland

A Lebanese-born porn star living in the U.S. has stirred fierce debate back home after her rise to fame split social media users in liberal-yet-conservative Lebanon. Mia Khalifa, 21, who was born in Lebanon but lives in Miami, last week became the most-searched-for star ...

Thousands of Germans protest against growing anti-Islam rallies

Jan 6, 2015

Thousands of Germans protest against growing anti-Islam rallies

Thousands of Germans demonstrated in four cities in opposition to the weekly rallies in Dresden against the perceived “Islamization of the West,” which have attracted growing numbers of supporters. Organizers of the demonstrations in Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne and Dresden said they were rallying on ...

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

Jan 6, 2015

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

A local judge provided a jump-start Monday to Florida’s entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry, saying she saw no reason why same-sex couples couldn’t immediately get their licenses in Miami ahead of a midnight launch statewide. The addition ...