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Hollywood skin guru accused of plotting to kill rival

A Hollywood skin-care expert with celebrity clients including Jennifer Aniston and Nicki Minaj has been arrested for allegedly plotting to have a business rival killed, according to police. Dawn DaLuise, 55, is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill Gabriel Suarez after mistakenly concluding that he was behind cyber-stalking rape threats against her, investigators said this week. She remains in custody after being arrested last week, while a former friend of hers who investigators allege was the real person behind the online threats was released on $150,000 bail.

Cyberbullying on the rise at Canadian universities, studies show

VANCOUVER - Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities. Papers to be presented at a symposium in Vancouver on Wednesday say that undergraduate students are harassing their peers on social media, instructors are on the receiving end of student-led online smear campaigns, and faculty members are belittling their colleagues in emails.

Thousands in Lebanon shout down domestic violence

Protesters took to the streets of Beirut Saturday on International Women's Day to demand better protection for women amid an uproar over husbands murdering their wives. The march by some 4,000 women, men and children from the National Museum to the Palace of Justice, was led by mothers and other relatives of women they said had been the victims of domestic violence. Urging parliament to adopt a bill that would set prison terms of up to 25 years with forced labour for men convicted of murdering a female relative, many women wept as they walked.

Thousands in Lebanon shout down domestic violence

Protesters took to the streets of Beirut Saturday, on the occasion of International Women's Day, demanding better protection for women amid an uproar over husbands murdering their wives. The march by some 4,000 women, men and children from the National Museum to the Palace of Justice, was led by mothers and other relatives of women they said had been the victims of domestic violence. Many of them wept as they walked.

California bill seeks to curb sexually explicit Internet bullying by teens

By Laila Kearney SARATOGA, California (Reuters) - Teenagers who share sexually explicit images of others on the Internet to harass them could soon face tougher punishment under California legislation proposed on Friday, spurred by the suicide of a teen after images of her sexual assault were circulated to other students.

Violence against women 'pandemic' in Mexico

By Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz ECATEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the "women's dumping ground." They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital.

U.S. envoy denounces Japan's wartime sexual slavery as 'grave human rights violation'

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. ambassador to Seoul said Thursday Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II is "a grave human rights violation," expressing hope for Tokyo to take steps to ease the pains of victims. Sung Kim made the remarks at a forum hosted by the Kwanhun Club, a senior journalists' association, in Seoul, echoing Seoul's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se's criticism the previous day in Geneva of Japan's attempts to deny its wartime atrocities.

Delhi women's hotline at risk from cash woes, political turmoil

By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 24-hour hotline for women in India's capital, launched shortly after a fatal gang rape sparked nationwide protests in December 2012, is at risk of closing due to a lack of funds and political upheaval, its head said on Tuesday. The helpline, started in an effort to address sexual harassment and violence against women in New Delhi, is plagued by delays in payment of staff wages and uncertainty about its future, said Khadijah Faruqui.

Cisco cleared in rights case, as tech sector watches

A US court has cleared Cisco Systems over liability for human rights abuses in China, in a case closely watched by the global technology sector and activists. The Maryland judge dismissed the case, saying Cisco -- one of the biggest makers of computer networking equipment -- was not at fault for abuses carried out by Beijing using the "Golden Shield" censorship and surveillance project to find, arrest and torture political opponents. It was the latest test of a 1789 US law which may be used by foreign nationals to seek redress in American courts over human rights abuses.

US slams armed crackdowns on pro-democracy protests

The United States on Thursday denounced what it said was the growing use of security forces by repressive regimes to crackdown on pro-democracy protests worldwide. Releasing its 2013 Human Rights report, the State Department said "around the world authoritarian governments used security forces to consolidate power and suppress dissent to the detriment of their country's long-term stability, security and economic development."
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