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Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's Christians

The group has been exporting Iraq-style sectarian tactics to the Arab world’s most populous country.<p>Four months after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 28 Christian worshipers in Cairo, the group struck Egypt’s Christians again—this time with a double church bombing on Palm Sunday that left at …

Islam

This Jordanian started her country's first self-defense studio for women

It's 5:30 in the afternoon in Amman, and the gloves are on. At the female-only gym called SheFighter, it's time to practice those punches, jabs and kicks.<p>The studio is on the second floor of an apartment complex. Visitors have to press a buzzer to be allowed in. A group of teenage girls kick and …

12 Powerful Posters Of Female Scientists That Every Classroom Needs

Move over, Einstein.<p>Can you name five female scientists from history?<p>Maybe you named one, or two. Chances are you remembered Marie Curie, the famed two-time Nobel Laureate whose work led to the discovery of radioactivity. Yet there are hundreds of female scientists whose work has been foundational …

This Will Be Your Next Tattoo: Arabic Words Illustrated As Their Meanings

Alexandria-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam has taken 40 Arabic words and transformed them to match their meanings. The beautifully minimalistic project uses the arches, dots, and curves of the Arabic script to form foxes, whales, coffee pots, and more.<p>Follow Tammam’s work on Instagram or …

Theresa May: 'Bloody Difficult Woman' Is New U.K. Prime Minister

LONDON — Theresa May took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, tasked with steering the country through the Brexit crisis.<p>The steely 59-year-old replaced David Cameron, who became the first political casualty of last month’s referendum when he announced his intention to quit hours after the …

YouTube creators stand a real chance of winning Emmy awards

While movie and TV award shows are increasingly willing to recognize internet video, they still tend to focus on conventional productions with reasonably big budgets. However, they're about to broaden their horizons: the Television Academy has expanded the Emmys to not only include more …

Award Shows

Female YouTube Creators Are Joining the United Nations

<i>This story has been corrected. See below.</i><p>YouTube is putting women in the spotlight on a global level.<p>For the first time ever YouTube creators, all of …

Syrian man whose plight spurred Obama's support comes to US

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Syrian scientist whose harrowing, tragic story spurred supporting words from President Barack Obama and a successful …

Virginia schools closed, events canceled over anger at Islam homework

A Virginia school district closed its campuses Friday and canceled a weekend holiday concert and athletic events amid an angry backlash about a school lesson involving the Islamic faith.<p>School officials in the Shenandoah Valley said they had not received any specific threats but were alarmed by the …

Teforia Is Much More Than A Keurig For Tea

Designed to be both meditatively beautiful and stupid-easy to use, Teforia uses crowdsourced data to make your tea perfect every time.<p>Coffee fanatics are nuts. They’ve developed scanners for maximum extraction, vacuum pots, high-pressure espresso bots, and coffee machines that can grind the beans …

Nationalist monks are behind new powers enabling authorities to ‘organise’ family planning among groups with high birth rates such as Rohingyas<p>Despite fierce campaigning by women rights groups and an international outcry, Burma has introduced a birth control law which opponents say is aimed at …

Rights & Freedoms

What Do Genderqueer Maternity Clothes Look Like?

The founders of Butchbaby share the first sketches of their much-buzzed-about "alternity" line exclusively with ELLE.com.<p>When Butchbaby & Co., the first "alternity" maternity line for masculine, transgender, and queer parents, was born, its founder, Vanessa Newman, was just a college sophomore …

Clothing

Companies run by women perform better

There are lots of reasons why employing more women to run companies is a good idea. Greater gender diversity on boards, for example, helps with managing risk, growing revenue and increasing innovation.<p>An ongoing project from Karen Rubin shows investors benefit too. Rubin works as the director of …

US Christians numbers 'decline sharply', poll finds

<b>The number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen nearly eight percentage points in only seven years, according to a new survey.</b><p>Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007.<p>In the same period, Americans identifying as having no …

Religion

Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?

Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.<p>In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a …

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has been discovered to contain the entire mummified body of a monk, folded into the same position.<p>The Buddha, exhibited at the Drents Museum in …

Archaeology

Mayor Nir Barkat pinned the 18-year-old assailant to the ground after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was injured<p>The mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a Palestinian attacker to the ground near city hall on Sunday after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed with a knife at a busy …

Israel

Man Buys House with Unused and Perfectly-Preserved 1950s Kitchen

Talk about a blast from the past! In 2010, furniture designer Nathan Chandler purchased an American home built in the mid 1950s. It was never occupied and the kitchen appliances were kept in mint condition. In fact, they were never used – the original manuals were still taped to them. This unique …

Church Where Justin Bieber "Broke Down" Signs With Major Hollywood Agent

Bieber's church is going Hollywood.<p>Justin Bieber's favorite New York church just got a little more Hollywood clout.<p>According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, William Morris Endeavor (WME) signed a deal adding the Hillsong church in New York to its roster of celebrity clients. In a move that marks a major …

Gamergate is the latest controversial plot in 'Law & Order: SVU'

Glossy crime dramas like "Law & Order: SVU" have a long history of taking cues from the news for their murder mystery storylines.<p>So it may not come as a huge surprise that Gamergate would be the basis for the next "ripped from the headlines" story on "Law & Order: SVU." The controversy has seen …

Feminism

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

Reese Witherspoon on the Badass Reason She Started Her Own Company

"We deserve better."<p>It's no secret that Hollywood is stilled riddled with sexism, and between the Sony hack emails (in which Aaron Sorkin said women have less difficult roles than men) and the glaring paucity of female nominees at the Oscars this year, it's a sad truth that has never been as …

Los Angeles

Newfound 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' discovered in ancient text

A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text.<p>Written in Coptic, an Egyptian language, …

What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

I have thoughts on this Newsweek article.<p>Tech has some issues. You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often it’s absurd. Newsweek, which just discovered there are only a few women in tech, sent accomplished author Nina Burleigh to investigate tech gender …

Feminism

The Artist Behind The 'Sexist' Newsweek Cover Speaks: 'I Wanted to Depict the Harassment That Women Suffer'

On Friday I interviewed Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind the Newsweek cover that has people tweeting in shock and exclaiming their outrage on the nation's morning shows. As the cofounder of PowerToFly, the first platform that places women in tech positions they can do in offices or from home, I'm …

Meet The Three Women Who Helped Shape Target's New Plus-Size Line

In case you live under some kind of Twitter-free rock, Target is launching a fashionable and affordable plus-size collection on Feb 22 much to the excitement of, well, pretty much everyone.<p>After what seems like mishap after mishap when it came to the store's relationship with its plus-size …

Men in tights: how chaps are reclaiming hosiery

Last week I set off on a two-days-and-two-nights tights-wearing odyssey. Why, you ask? Because tights for men are a thing. I know this for two reasons: first, because I had coffee with the author of Hosiery for Men, a blog built on the premise that men do wear hosiery. And second, because I spoke …

Clothing

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science

Amid growing signs that gender bias has affected research outcomes and damaged women's health, there’s a new push to make science more relevant to them.<p><i>This story was updated on January 21, 2015, to include a video of the author addressing the Rosalind Franklin Society, a women's leadership group,</i> …