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Canadian judge who made rape comments goes on trial for his job

A judge goes on trial for his job on Tuesday after asking an alleged rape victim why she did not keep her knees closed against an attacker, one of more than a dozen comments cited in allegations that he is unfit to be a judge.<p>Disciplinary hearings involving judges are rare – the Canadian Judicial …

Australia seeks $120m for Great Barrier Reef damage from Chinese coal ship

Federal court hears crash site was contaminated with paint particles tainted with tributyltin but carrier’s owner says cleanup cost ‘unsubstantial and unrealistic’<p>The Australian government is seeking at least $120m from the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that destroyed part of the Great Barrier …

Rise in women facing discrimination on taking maternity leave

Citizens Advice records nearly 60% rise in women reporting maternity leave issues including roles being changed and hours reduced<p>New mothers are facing increasing discrimination when they take maternity leave including being made redundant and switched to zero-hours contracts.<p>Citizens Advice has …

'No room' in Indonesia for gay rights, says president's spokesman

Comments come as Human Rights Watch report on increasing targeting of LGBT community by politicians<p>There is “no room” for the gay community in Indonesia, the president’s spokesman has said, as a new report criticised officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks.<p>“Rights of citizens like …

Alibaba's buying spree touches every piece of China

If you live in China, chances are you can't avoid Alibaba.<p>The e-commerce giant offers a dizzying array of services that are designed to make it indispensable to Chinese consumers as they go about their daily routines.<p>It's a network that is growing rapidly thanks to a slew of ambitious acquisitions. …

Gang Rape Posted To Social Media Is Forcing Brazil To Confront Violence Against Women

Police learned of the brutal crime after a video glorifying it surfaced on Twitter.<p>BRASÍLIA — Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, 20-year-old Michel Brasil da Silva uploaded a 30-second clip to Twitter, accompanied by the words: “They smashed the chick. Do you get it or do you not get it? lol”<p>The …

Social Media

Outrage erupts over 'racist' detergent ad

<b>(CNN) —</b> A black man and a young Chinese woman are flirting, as he leans in for a kiss she thrusts a detergent capsule in his mouth and bundles him into a laundry machine.<p>She sits atop the machine as the man spins and screams inside until, to her apparent delight, out pops a handsome Chinese man …

Airbnb sued for discrimination

A new lawsuit accuses Airbnb of discriminatory housing practices.<p>Gregory Selden, a 25-year-old African American, filed a complaint against the startup on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.<p>He claims that an Airbnb host denied him accommodations when he requested a booking under his personal profile, which …

Sorry, Calvin Klein, but women are not flattered by sexual harassment

<b>Calvin Klein has faced backlash over this "upskirt" ad</b><p>Calvin Klein’s “upskirt” ad isn’t daring, but playing with misogynist tropes about women and sexual harassment<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 12, 2016 5:21pm (UTC)<p>Calvin Klein has released a new ad campaign and, to the great surprise of roughly no one, it's …

Feminism

Feds Investigating Gender Discrimination In Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for the ACLU said Wednesday that federal officials are investigating whether gender discrimination exists in …

The brutal rape and murder of Jisha shows that life for India's women is as savage as ever

The 30-year-old Indian woman was found by her mother. Her body had at least 30 stab wounds. Parts of her intestines had been removed using something sharp and she had a serious head injury. The law student’s lifeless body showed signs that she’d been strangled, tortured and sexually assaulted, …

Street Artist Likens Trump To Hitler, Gets Death Threats

People have threatened to stab, kidnap and gun down Pegasus.<p>Street artist Pegasus says he won't be censored, despite receiving death threats from Donald Trump supporters over a piece that likens the presumptive GOP presidential candidate to Adolf Hitler.<p>He told The Huffington Post via email that …

Donald Trump

Library Attendance Is Declining. Here’s Why

Many visitors don’t know about the services and programs that are available.<p>For centuries, libraries have simply been places that house books. This meaning of the word is embedded right within it; the Old French <i>librairie</i>, used in the 14th century, means “collection of books.” An image of dusty …

1 in 5 people will be obese by 2025, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The obesity epidemic has gone global, and it may be worse than most thought.<p>A new study in The Lancet says that if current trends continue, 18% of men and 21% of women will be obese by 2025.<p>In four decades, global obesity has more than tripled among men and doubled among women, the study …

Holistic Medicine

'Exciting' new genetic test for child cancer patients

<b>UK scientists are beginning work to genetically test tumours from children with cancer.</b><p>They hope this will give younger patients access to newer, more personalised medicines and further improve survival rates.<p>The new test analyses changes in 81 different cancer genes.<p>Scientists say it should lead …

Cancer

Antarctic Ice Melt Could Be Responsible for a Dangerous Rise in Sea Levels

Ice melting from Antarctica could drive more than 3.5 ft. (1.1 m) in global sea-level rise by 2100 without action to curb greenhouse emissions, …

Terror Does Not Represent Islam

The attack in Brussels left many people dead or injured. It was followed by the killing of a Muslim in the Scottish city of Glasgow, because he wished his fellow townsmen a Happy Easter.<p>Then, there was a suicide attack in Lahore, in a park, where Christian families were celebrating Easter. And who …

14 million Americans live in extremely poor neighborhoods

Nearly 14 million Americans are living in extremely poor neighborhoods, more than twice as many as in 2000, a new report has found.<p>The economic downturn in the early 2000s, which was followed by slow job growth and then the Great Recession, sent the poverty rate soaring. The growing concentration …

Demographics

Japan executes two prisoners amid protests

Hangings took place weeks before Japan is due to host the G7 leaders summit<p>Human rights campaigners have condemned Japan’s use of the death penalty after two inmates were hanged, bringing the number of executions to 16 since the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took office in late 2012.<p>The executions …

Japan

Nepal: The Truth Of What Happens After The News Dies Down

Kissing, gardening, revising, eating, bathing, praying, reading, gaming, sleeping, laughing with friends, making a cup of tea; what might you have been doing the moment the earth shook your life to the ground?<p>The terror struck people at 11:56 on what seemed to be an average Saturday morning. As …

Painted lady butterflies’ migration may take them across the Sahara

Butterflies look so delicate as they flitter from flower to flower. And yet, they are capable of migrating incredibly long distances. The monarch, …

Early exposure to signing helps deaf kids on mental task

WASHINGTON — Deaf children who learn to sign early may boost their brainpower in ways unrelated to language.<p>“Most deaf children are born to hearing …

GMOs haven’t delivered on their promises — or risks

Arriving home after work a few summers ago, agricultural economist Matin Qaim found several disturbing messages on his home phone. A study by Qaim …

The brutal reality transgender women face under Myanmar's 'darkness law'

<i>Editors' Note: This story describes situations that could be upsetting for some readers.</i><p>YANGON, Myanmar — A transgender sex worker in Myanmar's main …

Gender stereotypes stubbornly unchanged over 30 years, U.S. study says

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Stereotypes about men and women in the United States are largely unchanged from 30 years ago, a new study shows, in findings that researchers said could be reflected in this year’s presidential election.<p>A woman walks with an umbrella in the rain past a U.S. …

Indiana poised to ban abortions sought because of fetal defects

Indiana is poised to become the second state to ban abortions sought because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome under a measure headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval.<p>Lawmakers on Wednesday approved the measure banning such abortions over the objections of many female …

ADHD is vastly overdiagnosed and many children are just immature, say scientists

Many children are needlessly prescribed drugs to combat ADHD when they are just immature, a study suggests<p>Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is vastly over-diagnosed with many cases simply immature children who are the youngest in their class, a new study suggests.<p>The term ADHD is …

Maria Sharapova loses endorsement deals after failing drug test

Nike and other companies are suspending major endorsement deals with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova after she admitted failing a drug test at this year's Australian Open.<p>Sharapova, who has long beenthe world's highest-paid female athlete, said Monday she'd been taking the drug meldonium since …