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7 Surprising Things I Learned About Buddhism While in Thailand

My take away from the Thailand spiritual experience is that women don't have much power within Thailand's Buddhist teachings--but there's hope for change! I've seen it in other cultures and countries, and each year I am gratified.<p>I recently traveled to Thailand and learned some new (and unexpected) …

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Child rape addressed at summit on ending sexual violence in conflict

Halima was three years old when she was raped in a camp in Mogadishu. Now five, she is traumatised, incontinent and probably infertile.<p>Roha, a Syrian teenager, witnessed the rape of a 12-year-old neighbour who was being "punished" for her father fighting with rebel forces. "I saw this with my own …

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

SAT college-entrance exam's essay portion to become optional in 2016

As part of a major overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, test-takers starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, the College Board announced Wednesday.<p>However, an essay-writing test still will be offered, and many colleges may demand that applicants take it and submit the …

Palestinians Construct Billion-Dollar City on a Hill

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

When celebrities get drawn into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wittingly or not, controversy is sure to follow.<p>American actress Scarlett Johansson is the latest to discover this ironclad law of Middle East politics. And the issue is soda.<p>Johansson has for the past eight years been the celebrity …

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Suspect in deadly Purdue shooting was a teaching assistant at the school

An undergraduate teaching assistant fatally shot a colleague Tuesday inside the basement of an engineering building on Purdue University's West Lafayette, Ind., campus, authorities said.<p>Cody Cousins, 23, specifically targeted the victim, a fellow teaching assistant, and immediately surrendered to …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

Jennifer Lawrence's Photoshop Job On Flare Cover Makes The Internet Rounds (PHOTO, GIFS)

Leave it to the fashion world to find flaws in Jennifer Lawrence's appearance.<p>A GIF circulating the blogosphere has caused a June 2011 Flare magazine cover of the actress to resurface, bringing the gratuitous Photoshop job to the world's attention. In the resulting cover, it appears as if J.Law has …

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Victims of acid attacks in India saying new law restricting sales being ignored

A gang of young neighborhood men would harass Sonali Mukherjee whenever she left home — taunting her, following her, hissing lewd comments.<p>But Mukherjee, 18 at the time, was not afraid. A sociology student, she stood up to her tormenters. After she threatened to go to the police, they sneaked into …

UN asks India to review gay sex ban

The UN has called on the Indian government to seek a rapid review of the country's supreme court's decision on Wednesday to criminalise gay sex.<p>The decision by the court to reinstate a ban on same-sex relationships overturned four years ago by a lower court represents a "significant step backwards …

2 Saudi women arrested for driving

Two Saudi women have been detained by police for driving a car in the country’s capital Riyadh and for refusing to call their male custodians to take them home.<p>The women, Azza Al Shamsi and Baria Al Zubaidi, were spotted by the police as they drove the car near a shopping complex. Azza was behind …

India top court reinstates gay sex ban

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1035000/1035989_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534510161_102d94d323a2592f0ec097c93bcf53cb<p><b>India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.</b><p>The Supreme Court ruling reverses a …

Teachers Give Better Grades to More Attractive Students: Study

If you were of a mind to forgive good-looking people for their freakishly good genetic makeup because you figure you got better brains than they did, …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Bagram inmate's tearful return to Pakistan fails to end legal limbo

The last time Waqeel Khan saw his son Hamidullah, the boy was just 14 and was leaving the family home in Karachi for a few days.<p>Five years later, father and son were finally reunited this week amid tearful scenes in an impersonal office in Peshawar's central jail.<p>Hamidullah, now an adult, was among …

The most commonly awarded grade at Harvard is an A

“The median grade in Harvard College is indeed an A-,” the school’s dean of education said today, according to the student newspaper. Even more stunning: “The most frequently awarded grade in Harvard College is actually a straight A.”<p>That ought to dispel any notion that Harvard is tough on its …

Egyptian Women’s Lawyer Arrested

Hamas cancels Gaza anniversary rally

The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement has cancelled its anniversary rally, saying it was inappropriate to celebrate at a time of deep economic woes in the territory.<p>It is the first time the Islamic militant group has cancelled the rally since seizing power six years ago. Hamas has used the …

Binyamin Netanyahu halts West Bank settlement plan

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has abruptly halted a plan to explore the potential construction of thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, saying it had created an unnecessary confrontation with the international community that threatened to weaken his campaign against Iran's …

Indian police chief's rape analogy causes outrage across country

One of India's most senior policemen has been forced to apologise after comparing rape to unlicensed betting which, because it cannot be prevented, should be enjoyed.<p>Ranjit Sinha, who leads the Central Bureau of Investigation in India, made the remarks during a discussion at a conference on Tuesday …

Iran to ban morality police from targeting women

President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country's morality police to stop arresting women considered to be in defiance of a strict dress code<p>Iran's notorious morality police have been barred from arresting women deemed to be immodestly dressed, as President Hassan Rouhani moved to fulfil an …

Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>The man almost certainly responsible for the mass murder of 132 kids at a school in Peshawar on Tuesday was profiled by the Daily Beast last</i> …

Toy Scenes of War from the Perspective of Children

California-based photographer Brian McCarty's ongoing project, titled <i>WAR-TOYS</i>, explores the subject of warfare, as seen through the eyes of innocent children for whom the military tanks and artillery are a reality that surrounds them on a daily basis. The contemporary artist, who is no stranger to …