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Saudi Women Go For A Spin In Latest Challenge To Driving Ban

Activists in Saudi Arabia tried once, they tried again and now they're making a third challenge to the kingdom's long-standing ban on female drivers.<p>Some women have recently made short drives, posting videos on social media sites, and many more are planning to get behind the wheel on Saturday.<p>Saudi …

Is this the world's most dangerous moustache? | Iran

With a moustache that would make Goliath's father jealous, Afridi has faced down some of the scariest people on the planet.<p>"People give me a lot of respect. It's my identity," he told the AFP news agency. "I feel happy. When it's ordinary, no one gives me any attention. I got used to all the …

Have we literally broken the English language?

It's happened. Literally the most misused word in the language has officially changed definition. Now as well as meaning "in a literal manner or sense; exactly: 'the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle'", various dictionaries have added its other more recent …

Is a new Cold War brewing? | US & Canada

Relations between the US and Russia have hit a new low, with Barack Obama, the US president, openly stating that their partnership just is not working.<p>Russia is a deeply undemocratic and authoritarian and illiberal regime .... What do you need for democracy? You need free and fair elections; Russia …

How It Works: Fixing the Ozone Layer | Environment

Declared as "perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date" by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the 1987 Montreal Protocol has helped protect life on earth.<p>The treaty saw world leaders come together to stop harmful chemicals destroying parts of the ozone layer.<p>The ozone …

Syrian Sunnis fear Assad regime wants to 'ethnically cleanse' Alawite heartland

Sunni residents in the heartland of Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect say they are being repeatedly threatened and forced to flee their homes, amid …

US 'very disappointed' with China's handling of Edward Snowden

The United States on has told China it was upset it did not hand over US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong, saying that the decision had undermined relations.<p>President Barack Obama, meeting senior Chinese officials who were in Washington for annual wide-ranging talks, …

Climate change: Fact or fiction? | UK

<b>Head to Head is Al Jazeera's new forum of ideas - a gladiatorial contest tackling big issues such as faith, the economic crisis, democracy and intervention in front of an opinionated audience at the Oxford Union.</b><p>Many believe that climate change is now a fact of life. It seems that sea levels are …

Malala takes her fight for education to UN

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with an impressive speech at the United Nations, where she said education could change the world.<p>Wearing a pink head scarf, Malala told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly …

CIA let Khalid Sheikh Mohammed design a vacuum cleaner in detention to 'keep him sane'

Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist …

Egypt army to get four fighter jets from US

US officials have agreed to donate four fighter jets to Egypt's army, in the latest indication of international support for the country's interim …

Brazil unions stage nationwide protests

Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil have walked off their jobs and taken to the streets in a nationwide strike demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America's biggest nation.<p>Metalworkers, transportation and construction workers and civil servants adhered …

Bin Laden raid reveals 'state failure' | US & Canada

<i><br>On the night of May 1, 2011, United States Special Forces launched a raid to kill or capture al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, deep inside Pakistani territory, in a compound within the garrison town of Abbottabad. Following the event, the Pakistani government set up a Commission to establish how US</i> …

US Bin Laden raid was act of war, report says

The unilateral decision by the US to launch a military operation to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden on Pakistani territory constituted "an act of war", a Pakistani government investigation has found.<p>The report of the Abbottabad Commission, which investigated the circumstances around the raid and …

Facebook Android App Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Users’ Phone Numbers

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Facebook. Recently, the social network had to apologize for accidentally leaking the contact information of …

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously …

Sexual harassment taints Egypt's euphoria | Egypt

<b>Cairo, Egypt -</b> While chants and songs boomed in the city's packed Tahrir Square, the epicentre of million-man marches that toppled two presidents in three years, mobs of sexual predators blended within the crowds, hounding female prey.<p>Although there are no official chronicles of the number of …

Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to Snowden

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has said he would grant asylum to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, if the US whistleblower, who is believed to be holed up at Moscow airport, requests it.<p>Morales said on Saturday that his offer is a protest against the US and European nations whom he …

EU renews Turkey talks despite Taksim tension

Infront of tens of thousands of supporters, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could not have been more direct as he targeted members of the European Parliament.<p>"Know your place," he roared in mid-June.<p>A few days later, he declared that he "did not recognise" the EU legislature.<p>Erdogan …

Egypt: The future of the Muslim Brotherhood | Egypt

It took the Muslim Brotherhood eight decades to come into power in Egypt. When it finally did, President Mohamed Morsi lost it in one year - overthrown after days of protests. And now Egypt's military leaders are back.<p>Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, was overthrown in a …

Concern for free speech in Egypt | Egypt

<b>Cairo, Egypt -</b> Essam Fouad was on the phone, trying to figure out why his Misr 25 television station had just gone off air, when the security officers arrived.<p>"I turned my back and walked away so they wouldn't see me," the channel's director of programming told Al Jazeera.<p>Fouad said the Muslim …

Rafael Correa: 'Our right to grant asylum' | US & Canada

Ecuador, a tiny South American nation, has found itself at the centre of an international dispute.<p>Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency consultant-turned whistleblower, has asked President Rafael Correa for political asylum. Snowden is still in Russia evading an arrest warrant issued by the …