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According to Afghan police officials, unidentified attackers abducted a German female aid worker in Kabul. Read more about the story and other news about women here.

Mystery surrounds reported Kabul kidnapping of German aid worker

Afghan officials have said an investigation is underway after a German aid worker was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul. The US warned over the weekend that there was a threat to foreigners in the city. Read more here.


Five women killed in India by villagers suspecting witchcraft

Around 50 villagers arrested over killings in Jharkhand where there are frequent attacks on women believed to have cast curses. Read more here from The Guardian.


Photo of Palestinian men protecting Israeli policewoman goes viral

The photo – taken by Shaul Golan, a photographer for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper – showed the three standing at Esh Kodesh, an outpost on the West Bank, considered by the United Nations to be part of the occupied territory. Read more here from Middle East Monitor.


India’s Muslim women fight to end triple talaq law that yields instant divorce

In India, Muslim women’s lives are being ruined because men can end marriages simply by saying ‘talaq’ three times – even on social media. Read more here from The Guardian.


If rape jokes are finally funny it’s because they’re targeting rape culture

The rape joke used to all be about punching down. Now, that’s changing. Read Rebecca Solnit’s column in The Guardian here.


‘Be picky and have high standards’: new dating apps cater to the elite and the rich

A new crop of exclusive matchmaking sites are screening potential users based on their education and professional history, net wealth and even tax records. Read more here from The Guardian.


“I want to write until I die”

Linda Christanty is one of the most admired writers in Indonesia. In 1989, she became the youngest author to win the annual short story prize from “Kompas”, Indonesia’s largest daily newspaper. In 2013, she won the prestigious Southeast Asian Writers Award. Read more here from Qantara.


18.08.2015 | 14:55