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The battle to make French a “gender-neutral language” is emphasizing the country’s inherent sexism

That the French language remains so central to the culture here wouldn’t surprise most people outside the country. Still, having two teenagers in French middle school has taught me to appreciate how profoundly important it remains for people not just to master their language skills, but to perfect …

Feminism

Words Of Praise But No Forgiveness For Hacker Who Stopped North Korean Cyberattack

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert praised British researcher Marcus Hutchins for stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack. But Hutchins still faces criminal charges.<p>Formally announcing for the first time that North Korea was behind a ransomware attack that briefly crippled computers around the …

North Korea

6 whoppers from Trump's speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's decent material in President Donald Trump's new national security strategy, written as it was by professional national security staffers. But the speech he delivered Monday suffered from a spate of exaggerations, lies and boasts.<p>Here's just a sampling of some of the whoppers and …

Middle East

Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

LAHINCH, Ireland (Reuters) - Three people died as Tropical Storm Ophelia battered Ireland's southern coast on Monday, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves.<p>Over 360,000 homes and businesses were without electricity with another 100,000 outages expected by …

Weather

In Africa, LGBTQ Rights Activists Worry About Trump Impact

DAKAR, Senegal — Gay rights activist Joseph Achille Tiedjou is worried every day that he will be harassed or arrested in Cameroon.<p>Defending LGBTQ rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, …

LGBTQI

The ideological war playing out on China's internet

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> As China's leaders gather in Beijing this week for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an ideological war is under way on the country's internet.<p>Some experts predict President Xi Jinping will use the meeting to establish a level of control and …

China

Indonesia considers ban on destructive LGBT-related TV content | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was “dressed and behaving like a woman” and could violate broadcasting standards.<p>FILE PHOTO: An Indonesian …

LGBTQI

Transgender girl says it was change sex or die

<b>One week she went to school dressed as a boy, the next she returned in a dress. Ellen was one of the first primary school children to transition in the UK. But her story runs far deeper than simply wearing the right clothes. For her, transitioning was a matter of life or death.</b><p>"For a young boy, I …

Mental Health

In China women 'hold up half the sky' but can't touch the political glass ceiling

Few expect any women to be appointed to China’s top political body when it holds its five-yearly meeting on Wednesday<p>“Times have changed … today men and women are equal,” Mao Zedong pronounced more than half a century ago. “Whatever men comrades can accomplish, women comrades can too.” Unless, of …

China

Australia to be elected to powerful UN human rights council

Council wrestling with abuses among current and prospective members such as Philippines and Democratic Republic of Congo<p>Australia will be elected uncontested to the powerful United Nations human rights council on Monday in New York, as the council wrestles with rights abuses among current and …

Rights & Freedoms

These Are the Most (And Least) Safe Cities in the World

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s third annual Safe Cities Index has ranked four East Asian and three European cities in the top 10, with the top …

Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors

<b>(CNN) —</b> A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster.<p>Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds' babies starved to death, a situation one expert …

Global Warming

Puerto Ricans given water from hazardous site - CNN Video

In Dorado, Puerto Rico, the city is offering desperate residents water from an area contaminated with industrial chemicals.

Puerto Rico

Top UN official to leave Myanmar amid criticism of Rohingya approach

The United Nations’ most senior official in Myanmar is to leave the country at the end of the month, her office has said, amid allegations the world body failed to promote the rights of persecuted Rohingya people.<p>Renata Lok-Dessallien, the UN resident coordinator since January 2014, would take on …

Human Rights

German minister upsets fellow conservatives over Muslim holidays | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has upset fellow members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc by proposing that Germany introduce Muslim public holidays.<p>German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in …

North Africa

Venezuela Votes for Governors in a ‘Deficient Democracy’

PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela — For weeks, Alejandro Feo la Cruz, a former opposition mayor who is running for governor, has crisscrossed his state in Venezuela with a simple message: The country’s ruling party can no longer feed its own people.<p>Few disagree with him here in the seaside city of Puerto …

Venezuela

China confirms will amend party constitution, likely to include Xi's theories | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s ruling Communist Party has agreed to amend the party constitution, expected to embed President Xi Jinping’s political thought, ahead of next week’s five-yearly party congress in which Xi will tighten his grip on power.<p>A picture shows Chinese President Xi Jinping's …

China

Trump silent as questions remain over deadly Niger ambush

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Saturday October 7, the day the body of 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson was returned to Dover Air Force Base after he was killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump was golfing. It's not known if the President ever planned to attend the return of remains ceremony at …

Military

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

<b>Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited "anti-Israel bias".</b><p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as "brave and moral", a statement said.<p>The agency is known for designating world heritage sites …

Israel

US Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands in South China Sea

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A US Navy destroyer conducted a "freedom of navigation" operation near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, two defense officials told CNN.<p>The USS Chafee, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, did not come within 12 miles of any individual …

China

Denmark set to crack down on burqas with a ban, following Austria and France

The burqa proposal would see the Scandinavian country join Austria, France, Belgium and Bulgaria.<p>Denmark is set to become the next European country …

Catalan government suspends declaration of independence

President Carles Puigdemont says he will pursue negotiations with Spanish government in hope of resolving conflict<p>The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has pulled the region back from the brink of an unprecedented showdown with the Spanish government by proposing the suspension of a declaration …

Europe

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them

When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting …

Angelina Jolie

The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone

Australian far-right discourse, while also targeting other minorities, has maintained an obsessive focus on the ‘Jewish problem’<p>A few years ago, I sat in the office of a rabbi in Perth discussing the state of the local Jewish community. The rabbi spoke with effusive pride at the academic success of …

Israel

Anthrax May Have Caused the Sudden Death of 100 Hippos

More than 100 hippopotamuses have died over the past week in Bwabwata National Park, in northeast Namibia, leaving authorities scrambling to explain …

President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days

Five months before unveiling his tax plan, President Trump claimed that it “is the biggest tax cut in history. This is bigger than Reagan. … This is actually bigger than Reagan tax cuts.” We warned readers at the time that there was no public proposal yet and that this was a dubious claim properly …

Donald Trump

Fifty shades of Xi: scores of books praising president published in China

Blitz on bookshelves comes ahead of next week’s political summit and includes tomes including Xi Jinping: Know More, Love More<p>“This is the first book I’ve read on Xi,” admits software engineer Wu Huifeng as he leafs through one of the latest tomes of China’s prolific president.<p>It need not be his …

China

Facebook can’t bring us together, but culture can. That’s why Unesco is vital

Audrey Azoulay, the French former culture minister, understands how the internet has changed the arts: she is the perfect candidate to head Unesco<p>The Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when he said earlier this year that the social media giant wants to bring together communities and help …

Humanities