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Just a few days ago the UN agencies and international organizations urged people to join an appeal to end the war in Syria. Would their statement change something in Syria? Talks to resolve the Syrian crisis are scheduled for January 25. How about including women in the peace talks?

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Women must be at the peace table for a chance of ending the war in Syria

Research shows including women in the peace process means a much greater likelihood of reaching agreement. So why are women so often marginalised?

Read more here from the Guardian

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Crimes against Native American women raise questions about police response

Local activists in Minnesota say deaths and disappearances of Native women are linked to human trafficking and that police aren’t taking the issue seriously.

Read more here from the Guardian.

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Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rapes

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has just been sentenced to 263 consecutive years in prison for the serial rapes of African-American women. Judge Timothy Henderson also denied his request for a new trial.

Read more here from Women’s Rights News

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As Easter approaches, Francis to wash mixed-gender feet

The Pope has overturned a ban that kept male clergy from washing women’s feet during Lent. The new regulation has upset conservatives and delighted women’s rights activists.

Read more here

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Marina Litvinenko: ‘You can silence one person but not the whole world’

Widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko says report on 2006 murder sends ‘very important message’.

Read more here from the Guardian

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Germany, Britain back Lagarde for second term as IMF head

Germany has joined Great Britain in backing Christine Lagarde for a second term at the head of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde herself, however, is not ready to commit to seeking the job again.

Read more here

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Convicted rapist flees custody after Cologne brewery bathroom break

A manhunt is underway in the German city of Cologne for a man who fled police custody during an excursion from his detention facility. The man stopped to use the restroom at a brewery, where he gave his guards the slip.

Read more here

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Women-only cabs take off in Indonesia

Jakarta has one of the largest public transportations systems in the world, but often, women feel unsafe on crowded trains and public vans. The startup “LadyJek” is now offering the first woman-only cab service.

Read more here

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Why Berlin Fashion Week is running away from the catwalk

Fashion designers want to sell their clothes, and buyers want to see, touch – and buy them. Is the age-old catwalk on its ninth life? Berlin Fashion Week is testing the success of small parties and salon shows instead.

Read more here

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Author: Marjory Linardy

Editor: Grahame Lucas

Date

24.01.2016 | 0:32

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