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Woman challenges female oppression, educates girls in her Kenyan village

<b>Enoosaen, Kenya (CNN) —</b> When she was 14 years old, Kakenya Ntaiya entered the cow pen behind her home with an elderly woman carrying a rusty knife.<p>As a crowd from her Maasai village looked on, Ntaiya sat down, lifted her skirt and opened her legs. The woman grabbed Ntaiya's most intimate body parts …

10 women who shaped 2013

The women of the year helped bring the economy back from the brink, worked against tyranny, and championed equality, education and justice. Most of all, they helped open our eyes to how much remains to be done.<p><b>Malala Yousafzai</b><p>If 2012 was the year most of us first heard about the 14-year-old …

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In thin air: Could touch display projected on mist replace physical screens?

If buttons are a thing of the past and touch screens are the present, what are the screens of the future?<p>It's not a riddle, but it is a trick question: if the projections of companies like Displair are true then the screens of the future won't be screens at all but interactive images floating in …

Girl whose wish inspired mass Christmas carol celebration dies

A little girl whose Christmas wish inspired thousands of people to sing in the streets died overnight.<p>Laney Brown, 8, suffered from leukemia.<p>"Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven," a post on an official Facebook page about her said. "She took her last breath at …

Growing concern over Syria heritage sites

<b>A centre set up to recognise Arab cultural and natural heritage is beginning its work amid growing concerns about the preservation of historic structures in Syria.</b><p>The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage in Bahrain, which works under the auspices of Unesco - the UN's educational, scientific and …

Nicaragua extradites 18 Mexican drug traffickers who posed as TV journalists

<b>Nicaragua has extradited 18 Mexicans who posed as television journalists to smuggle more than $9m (£5.5m) into the country, officials say.</b><p>The Mexicans were arrested last year when they tried to enter Nicaragua pretending to work as reporters from Mexico's Televisa network.<p>Police found the cash and …

India: Life after the red light

<b>Rehabilitation centres are reportedly being set up in the Indian city of Kolkata to house retired sex workers.</b><p>Accommodation will be offered to those who used to ply their trade in the city's red-light district of Sonagachi, said to be Asia's largest, the Press Trust of India news agency reports. …

Kazakhstan: Christmas tree-top trouble

Picture courtesy of Rano Nigmetova / Ak Zhayik<p><b>It's reported in Kazakhstan that a man has been jailed for scaling a Christmas tree in protest at what he said were overdue wages. He said they were owed to him by the company which erects the trees.</b><p>The 19-year-old told police in the western oil town of …

Neanderthals could speak like modern humans, study suggests

<b>An analysis of a Neanderthal's fossilised hyoid bone - a horseshoe-shaped structure in the neck - suggests the species had the ability to speak.</b><p>This has been suspected since the 1989 discovery of a Neanderthal hyoid that looks just like a modern human's.<p>But now computer modelling of how it works …

Australia sends plane to monitor Japanese whaling

<b>Australia says it will send a surveillance plane to the Southern Ocean to monitor Japanese whaling ships.</b><p>The government hopes the aircraft will help prevent conflict between the whalers and environmentalists.<p>But a campaign group says officials should be sending ships to stop - not monitor - the …

Diabetes risk gene 'from Neanderthals'

Neanderthals interbred with humans and their genes are scattered among us today<p><b>A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests.</b><p>We now know that modern humans interbred with a population of Neanderthals …

The perils of being fat, female and French

<b>For decades the image of the slender and chic Parisian woman has been setting the standard as the epitome of style and making some other women in France feel uncomfortably inadequate.</b><p>Isabelle, a 50-year-old director of a fashionable Paris art gallery, says: "C'est simple. Chic plus mince egale …