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Facebook and Yahoo join call for more government transparency in new lawsuits

Facebook and Yahoo have become the latest tech companies to ask the FISA court for permission to publish more detailed data on the government's requests for user information. In separate posts on their respective sites, the two companies announced that they had filed petitions similar to those …

Abercrombie and Fitch 'wrongly fired' Muslim over headscarf

<b>US clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker for wearing a headscarf, a judge has ruled.</b><p>Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled the firm violated anti-discrimination laws when it sacked Hani Khan from a Hollister brand shop.<p>Ms Khan was initially allowed to wear a …

Employment

US to destroy ivory stocks in effort to stop illegal elephant poaching

The Obama administration said on Monday it would destroy all 6m tons of its stocks of seized ivory – potentially millions in contraband – stepping up efforts to crush an illegal trade that has brought wild elephants to the brink of extinction.<p>The ivory destruction, announced at a White House event …

Afghanistan policewomen numbers need to rise sharply, says Oxfam

Only 1% of Afghanistan's police officers are female, and if the country does not dramatically increase the number of women in the service it will struggle to end crimes such as domestic abuse, forced marriage and "honour" killings, a new report from Oxfam has found.<p>There is only one female police …

Say what? Iranian government ministers join Facebook

As tension simmers in the Middle East with the US deciding whether to use military force against Syria, a friendly initiative is starting up in the neighboring country of Iran.<p>Newly elected President Hasan Rouhani is encouraging his government staff and ministers to join Facebook in an endeavor …

Testicle size may indicate men's childcare aptitude, suggests US study

Men's aptitude for childcare may be reflected in the size of their testes, according to a study by US scientists.<p>Researchers found that men with smaller testes were more likely to take charge of children's bath-time, visits to the doctor, night-time comforting, and other parenting jobs than others …