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Friday, March 15, 2013

In Libya, Islam – and a purple hijab – help spurn domestic violence against women -

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pakistani Shiites condemn government after bombings

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BBC News - North Africa's revolutionary rappers in home of hip hop

The Arab uprisings produced memorable images of revolt, but they also
inspired an explosion of revolutionary rap that introduced local hip
hop artists to the world.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BBC News - Undercover patrols make Calcutta Metro safer for women

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Monday, March 11, 2013

BBC News - Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

The 2,600-year-old clay cylinder, almost the size of an American football, was made on the order of the Persian King Cyrus after he captured Babylon in 539 BC.

Referred to by some scholars as the "first bill on human rights", the cuneiform inscriptions on the cylinder appear to encourage freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands.

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Chinese Parents Demand Gay Marriage - ABC News

The letter was published by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a gay rights group based in the southern China city of Guangzhou. The group helps parents to communicate with their gay children.

In the open letter, the parents wrote: "Some of our children have been with their same-sex partners for almost 10 years; they care for and love each other deeply, but they are unable to legally authorize medical treatment for their partners when they are ill and in need of an operation. As the parents of homosexuals, we are often worried, because they cannot legally marry, and this impacts to various degrees their ability to adopt; authorize necessary medical treatment; inherit their partner's assets, or even buy an apartment."

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rise of Bosnian mayor with a head scarf challenging assumptions about Islam

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Christians decry Muslim mob's arson spree

"The attack is yet another shameful incident against a vulnerable community and further confirmation of the slide toward extremism in society on the one hand and, on the other hand, the apathy and inaction that has become the norm among the police," the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in a statement.

The group accused police of arresting Christians in the incident "while those who went on a rampage and can easily be identified from television footage have gone scot-free."

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How a pope is elected - The Washington Post

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Valentine's Day Across the Muslim World (2012)