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Nigerian women and girls rescued from Boko Haram raped by officials, soldiers, Human Rights Watch says

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian government officials, soldiers and police are raping and sexually exploiting women and girl refugees from Boko Haram, …

Africa

German Police Say Syrian Planning Attack Was Nabbed By Fellow Refugees

After a nationwide manhunt, authorities in Germany have arrested a Syrian refugee who was allegedly planning a bomb attack.<p>The man, identified as Jaber al-Bakr, is likely linked to ISIS, authorities say.<p>He was caught after fellow Syrian refugees recognized him, held him at an apartment in Leipzig …

4 Chicago breweries score gold at Great American Beer Festival

There were no dominant winners from the Chicago area at the Great American Beer Festival on Saturday, but honors were spread among 10 city and suburban breweries, including four gold medals.<p>At what is generally considered the nation’s preeminent annual beer competition, which is being held this …

Spain’s Guardia Civil in sexism row over bulletproof jackets

Campaign launched over failure of police service to provide female officers with jackets designed for women’s bodies<p>A failure by Guardia Civil to provide female officers with bulletproof jackets specifically designed for women is discriminatory, dangerous and is affecting their ability to protect …

Single-sex schools offer no advantages and feed stereotypes, psychologists told

Prof Diane Halpern tells Australian Psychological Society that separating boys and girls at school could foster sexism<p>There are no advantages to single-sex schools, which may foster gender stereotyping and sexism “in a world that’s far more diverse than ever before”, a US psychology professor has …

The Observer view on grammar schools | Observer editorial

Selection is bad for children and bad for society<p>There was a deep irony at the heart of the prime minister’s speech on increasing selection in the school system. She accused her predecessors of putting dogma and ideology before the interests of ordinary people in their failure to expand grammar …

Where to stay and what to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is flooded with a magical light in autumn and its streets are largely free of tourists. Fluctuating (read: unpredictable) weather means you can enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, from exploring the city’s many galleries and museums and dipping into a local hot pool while …