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Meet the ‘Difficult’ Women Who Wrote Their Own Rules

These 29 women weren’t willing to be anything but fully themselves, from Jane Goodall to Frida Kahlo to Billie Jean King.<p>“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun,” Katharine Hepburn once remarked. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we have asked Karen Karbo, author of <i>In Praise of Difficult …

Feminism

Noted Humanitarian Charged With Child Rape in Nepal, Stunning a Village

KARTIKE, Nepal — When Peter Dalglish, a lauded humanitarian worker, built a sleek cabin near a Nepalese village of rutted roads and hills ribbed with rice paddies, locals knew virtually nothing about him.<p>But over several years, Mr. Dalglish, a Canadian, endeared himself to many in the community, …

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week

<b>A teenage girl in India has been raped and burned alive by her attacker - the third instance of such an attack in the same week.</b><p>The 16-year-old girl died after being soaked in fuel and set on fire at her home in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.<p>Police said she was killed after telling her …

<b>Exclusive:</b> Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’<p>Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a …

Terrorism

New Book and Exhibition Explore the Hidden Side of Ceramics

In the hyper-digital 21st- century, it’s only natural that people have felt the urge to reconnect to the physical world around them. First came …

Wanda Wilkomirska, Famed Polish Violinist, Is Dead at 89

Wanda Wilkomirska, an acclaimed violinist who was an integral part of tumultuous times in her native Poland, died on Tuesday in Warsaw. She was 89.<p>Her son Arthur Rakowski said the cause was a stroke.<p>Ms. Wilkomirska performed all over the world during a long and busy career in which she gave as many …

Armed Bandits Raid a Village in Northern Nigeria, Killing at Least 45 People

At least 45 people were killed after armed bandits attacked a village in northern Nigeria, officials said Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks …

Landslides kill 18 in Rwanda, death toll at 200 since January

KIGALI (Reuters) - Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 18 people in Rwanda’s Northern and Western province over the weekend, pushing the death toll since January to more than 200, a government official said.<p>The heavy rains on Sunday night killed 15 people in Western and Northern …

Environmentalism

Childish Gambino Dropped New Song 'This Is America' — and Stunned Fans With a Symbolic Music Video

While hosting and performing on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> over the weekend, Donald Glover dropped a new song and music video under his stage name Childish …

India girl, 16, burnt alive after Jharkhand rape

<b>A 16-year-old girl in India was burnt alive after her parents complained to village elders that she had been raped, according to police.</b><p>Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attacks in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.<p>Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists …

A Sudden Sand and Rainstorm Has Left 72 Dead and More Than 100 Injured in India

(LUCKNOW, India) — A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and …

Stem cell biological BREAKTHROUGH as scientists craft embryo without egg or sperm

Scientists have announced a biological breakthrough by growing an embryo without either a sperm or an egg.<p>Using two different types of stem cells, a …

Transgender inmate says she was raped despite raising fears

DENVER (AP) — A transgender inmate who is suing Colorado's corrections agency says she was raped at a men's prison hours after a federal judge denied her request to block the prison from keeping her in a disciplinary unit, according to court records and the woman's attorney.<p>Lindsay Saunders-Velez …

ACLU

A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Scientists warn it's a sign of the future

Since the 1940s, the Hawaiian island of Kauai has endured two tsunamis and two hurricanes, but locals say they have never experienced anything like the thunderstorm that drenched the island this month.<p>"The rain gauge in Hanalei broke at 28 inches within 24 hours," said state Rep. Nadine Nakamura of …

Weather

Black Kos, Week In Review — The Arab slave trade in Africa

The Arab presence in Sub-Saharan Africa — Part 1 The Arab slave trade in Africa<p>Occupying the vast intercontinental space between Africa, Europe, …

Morocco struggles to curb rise in number of girls married underage | Reuters

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan schoolgirl Meriem was just 16 when her family pressured her to marry a man she had never met 20 years her senior. Young brides are best, the family said and she looked forward to dressing up for the wedding.<p>A girl holds a traditional bread at a bakery in Ouled Moussa …

Africa

The Bloody Toll of Congo's Elephant Wars 

In Garamba National Park, in Democratic Republic of Congo, 13 park rangers have been killed in the past three years, and 256 elephants have been taken for their tusks—and these days, the poachers often arrive in uniform, with an arsenal of weapons to match.<p><b>Fifteen shots felled</b> the elephant. It was …

Wildlife

How a Racist Smear Campaign Derailed Lauryn Hill’s Career

As Hill embarks on a 20th anniversary tour for her classic album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ it’s time to look back on why one of the most …

Phillip K Smith III and COS create wall of mirrors in historic Italian palazzo

American artist Phillip K Smith III has worked with fashion brand COS to install a faceted mirror structure in the courtyard of a 16th-century …

How to project your work onto the global design stage

You might have a strong skill set and a reputation for delivering outstanding creative, but if you’re looking to win more work, grow your client list …

Tyler, The Creator Would Like to Reintroduce Himself

His colorful Coachella was the ultimate distillation of 'Flower Boy''s mood and aesthetic, finding Tyler in a new era, all alone in a fantasy world of his own creation.<p>The Tyler, the Creator of 2018 is not the boy we once knew. Before say, last year, when I thought of Tyler, one video in particular …

BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar arrested in rape case

Public outcry results in arrest of Uttar Pradesh legislator facing charges of rape and abduction of teenaged girl.<p>Indian police say a legislator from the governing BJP has been arrested on charges of abducting and raping a teenaged girl a year ago.<p>Kuldeep Singh Sengar, 50, a member of the Uttar …

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

<b>W</b>hen Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a …

Pregnancy

NINE associati create textured furniture for adult lego fans

apr 12, 2018<p>designed in collaboration with studiomama, the MINI LIVING - BUILT BY ALL installation highlights the importance of participation by …

15 must-see exhibitions and installations at Milan design week 2018

With Milan design week just around the corner, design editor Alice Morby reveals her pick of the best shows to visit, from a decked-out American …

Artist Mickalene Thomas makes portraits to bring out your inner Foxy Brown

Imagine a radiant black woman pictured larger than life, her eyes, lips, and afro exquisitely detailed in rhinestones so that she sparkles and shines. She is a vision of luminosity that draws you in, set upon a pastiche of vintage patterns that evoke the spirit of the 1970s. She is the Foxy Brown …

South Africa is the most unequal country in the world and its poverty is the “enduring legacy of apartheid”, says World Bank

South Africa is the most unequal country in the world and its poverty is the “enduring legacy of apartheid”, according to a report by the World …

South Africa

Hijab: a very French obsession

Why is a piece of fabric causing such virulent and irrational reactions in France?<p>An angelic voice emanating from millions of television screens captivated audiences across France on February 4. A contestant on the popular talent show, The Voice was singing Leonard Cohen's cult anthem, Hallelujah. …

A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

A young woman was assaulted by police at a protest against sexual harassment. Now those same police are threatening her with arrest — for assaulting them.<p>NEW DELHI — “Tear off her clothes!” the policewoman shouted as several pairs of hands ripped at Sheena Thakur’s blue-and-white cotton shirt. …

Colour Therapy

For the last several years, beige ruled the walls and neutrals reigned as the colour of choice in many fashionable homes.<p>Today the face of interior …