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60 babies born in Rohingya camps every day: Unicef

Conditions for pregnant women, survivors of sexual violence remain dire Dhaka, May 17 – More than 16,000 Rohingya babies were born in Rohingya camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar in the nine months since Myanmar forced thousands of families to flee their homes across the border from its in Rakhine State. Read More »

Mother’s Day Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day. Around the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated in a variety of ways and on different dates throughout the year, though many countries observe the holiday on the same day as the United States. Read More »

Riyadh says it’s ready to lift female driving ban next month

Saudi Arabia is ready to lift of its female driving ban next month, an official said. The director general of the General Department of Traffic, Mohammed Al-Bassami, said in a government statement that all the necessary preparations to go ahead with the historic decision were in place. “All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been ... Read More »

Saudi woman stirs debate after being told to cover face

A female Saudi media personality has provoked heated debate in the kingdom after forcing staff at the justice department to serve her when she wasn’t wearing a face covering. Muna Abu Sulayman, a co-host of a popular MBC show Kalam Nawaem, said she walked into the justice department in Riyadh wearing a hijab rather than the full-face niqab but was ... Read More »

Women farmers bring healthy meals to local schools

Chulucanas, Peru, 26 (IPS/ Mariela Jara) — Getting children and adolescents to replace junk food with nutritious local organic foods is the aim of a group of women farmers in a rural area of Piura, on Peru’s north coast, as they struggle to overcome the impact of the El Nino climate phenomenon. Read More »

UAE rolls back tax on gold, diamonds, precious metals

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a law to roll back the application of a 5 per cent value added tax on the gold, diamond and precious metals market. State news agency WAM said the step was intended to maintain the country’s ranking on ease of doing business indicators and stimulate transactions in the three categories. The VAT reversed mechanism will ... Read More »

Pamplona rape case protests go on

Thousands of people turned out on the streets of the Spanish city Pamplona for the third day of protests after five men were cleared of rape. The men, who called themselves the Wolf Pack, were found guilty of sexual abuse, which many consider too lenient. The case has caused a national outcry, with protests also taking place in Madrid, Barcelona ... Read More »

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and ... Read More »