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Uruguay senate passes bill to legalize abortion

The debate in the senate lasted 10 hours and saw heated discussion between supporters and opponents of the bill.

Israel: Beit Shemesh rally called against Jewish extremism

"All of us, religious, secular, traditional – we must defend the character of the state of Israel against a minority which breaks our national solidarity," said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Ultra-Orthodox men rise up in Israel over women's rights

The media reveals grave acts of the exclusion of women from public spaces in the community.
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Israelis policemen disperse ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters in the central town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, on Dec. 26, 2011. Extra Israeli police patrolled the streets of Beit Shemesh after a campaign by ultra-Orthodox Jews to segregate men and women erupted into violence. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men rioted and attacked police officers in the central Israeli city of Beit Shemesh today, as the media continued to reveal increasingly grave acts of the exclusion of women from public spaces in the community.

Following a wave of exposés about the harassment of women and girls on buses and even on city sidewalks, municipal authorities in Beit Shemesh announced the installation of 400 cameras to monitor public areas.

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GlobalPost's top 5 most shocking stories of 2011

True to the dictionary definition, GlobalPost's Top 5 Most Shocking Stories of 2011 offers intense takes on unexpected stories.

Canada 'honor killings' on trial

TORONTO — The alleged “honor killing” of three teenage daughters by their Afghan-born parents has shocked a country that prizes multiculturalism.

British royal succession laws to change

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the old succession laws were "at odds with the modern countries that we have become."

Sexual assault conviction for Canadian who sabotaged condoms

The man poked holes in his girlfriend’s condoms with a pin in a furtive attempt to get her pregnant.
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A man in Novia Scotia has been convicted of sexual assault after poking holes in his girlfriend’s condoms with a pin in a furtive attempt to get her pregnant.

Their relationship was on the rocks, and the man, Craig Jaret Hutchinson, now 41, thought a pregnancy might save the relationship, CBC reports.

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Human rights group decries flogging sentence for Saudi woman driver

"Flogging is a cruel punishment in all circumstances, but it beggars belief that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have imposed lashes on a woman apparently for merely driving a car," said Philip Luther from Amnesty International.

Saudi woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving

The woman, who is identified only as "Shema," was found guilty of driving in Jeddah.

Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies

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