Sean Paton

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Zambian child bride: 'I was forced to marry a stranger'

<b>Seventeen-year-old Agnes (not her real name) was married three months ago to a man she had never met.</b><p>"My parents sat me down and told me I was no longer their responsibility. They wanted me to move out and start a life of my own," she recalls, sitting in the village of Chibombo, two hours' drive …

Africa

Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis

Women living under Islamic State’s control in Iraq and Syria are facing increasingly harsh restrictions on movement and dress, which are rigorously enforced by religious police and are leading to resentment and despair among moderate Muslims.<p>Residents of Mosul, Raqqa and Deir el-Zour have told the …

Japan ‘fighting against time’ to seek release of hostages held by Islamic State

Japan is doing all it can to free two hostages the Islamic State group is threatening to kill within 72 hours, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday, vowing never to give in to terrorism.<p>Abe returned to Tokyo from a six-day Middle East tour slightly ahead of schedule and convened a Cabinet …

U.S. Troops Will Train Syria Rebels in Fight Against ISIS: Pentagon

World<p>U.S. troops will be sent to the Middle East to train Syrian opposition rebels as part of the wider fight against ISIS militants, the Pentagon said Friday.<p>The first 300 American forces will be deployed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, defense officials said. The U.S. is negotiating with a …

Isil jihadists show off their child 'executioner'

Young boy filmed shooting two men accused of being Russian spies in the back of the head<p>In an Isil propaganda video last year, a young boy, barely in his teens if that, was asked what he wanted to do with his future.<p>“I will be the one who slaughters you, O kuffar,” he said in his high-pitched …

Why is child marriage a form of violence against women and girls?

Violence against women and girls is a global problem that affects millions of women every year. In fact, it is estimated that one in three women and …

Why Iceland is hosting a debate on gender equality... for men

This week, Iceland will host a gender equality conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York in the spirit of Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign. Foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson tells Lauren Davidson why part of the event will be just for men.<p>When Iceland’s Progressive Party, part …

Child marriage takes a brutal toll on Syrian girls

<b>DAMASCUS, Syria –</b> “No girls want this life,” said Nour,* a 12-year-old girl from Aleppo, Syria, who was married to a 30-year-old man earlier this …

700 million women were married as children, reveals new UNICEF data

700 million women alive today – roughly 10% of the world’s population – were married before their 18th birthday; and more than one in three (about …

Nigerian president faces increasing pressure over kidnapped schoolgirls

Campaigners for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria plan to march on the office of president Goodluck Jonathan this week amid growing calls for him to stand down at the next election.<p>Activists from the #BringBackOurGirls group said they will present a "charter of demands" …

India women: Arrests over 'revenge rape' in Jharkhand

<b>A teenage girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been raped in apparent revenge for an alleged assault on another woman, police say.</b><p>Three people were arrested, including a village head who is accused of approving the alleged crime.<p>The 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped this week after …

West Bengal

A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage

The extremists didn’t show her off in their latest snuff film. And her family doesn’t want her name released. But what is known about ISIS’s …

ISIS kills American aid worker - CNN Video

Isis Kills Six Doctors for Refusing to Treat Wounded Militants in Mosul

Islamic State (Isis) militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have killed six doctors for refusing to treat wounded fighters, Kurdish media has …

Report: ISIS abused captive Kurdish children

<b>BEIRUT --</b> Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian …

‘There will be a global Islamic caliphate’: How ISIS brainwashed and tortured schoolboy hostages

By the time the boys were returned to their parents, their jihadist kidnappers had already achieved their goal: loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq …

Schooling for Syrian refugee children gets inventive

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Robert Fisk: The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

Eleven-year-old Abdullah was working on a construction site last week when he accidentally swallowed a rusty nail. He was one of up to 200,000 Syrian …

Arab League chief urges members to confront Isil

Nabil Elaraby says jihadist group is a threat to the existence of Iraq and its neighbours as Barack Obama prepares to unveil his own plan to act<p>The head of the Arab League urged its members on Sunday to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) "militarily and politically," issuing …

Two Teenage Girls Have Invented the Most Powerful Video Game of the Year

The game, <i>Tampon Run</i>, is proving to be so successful, its creators spent last Saturday and Sunday coding a mobile version of the game. That’s right: …

Looking Out for Little Sisters - Girls' Globe

I didn’t know the right age for school. When I was a little girl, all my friends were in school but I was not. So I used to ask my father, ‘when can …

Child soldiers, mass executions, and jihadi slave markets where women are sold for sex for $10: UN report confirms ISIS’s atrocities across Iraq

Islamic State militants have carried out mass executions, set up slave markets where women are sold for sex for $10 and used child soldiers in what …

Children in Syria Risk Death by Going to School

<i>Last Wednesday a double bombing in front of the Akrama al-Makhzomi elementary school in the city of Homs claimed the lives of numerous students and</i> …

No Dogs or Women Allowed

Barreling headlong into the 20th Century, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland, votes September 18 on whether to admit women. It's the same day Scots go to the polls to vote on whether to secede from Britain.<p>Secession, a matter of the country's constitution, requires a simple …