Universities host awareness workshops on female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM)
11 Feb 2016
An NGO alliance has held a series of workshops at universities in Egypt to raise awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against children.   The Union Against Harmful Practices on Women & Children said it has...

Hunting houbara: royal kidnap casts spotlight on Gulf 'sport of kings'

A Qatari man releases his falcon during a falcon contest at Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival at Sealine desert, Qatar January 29, 2016.
10 Feb 2016
Every year the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac, migrates from Central Asia to the far reaches of Iraq and Pakistan in search of a mild climate and a place to breed.   Its...

Terrorists do not represent Islam: Egypt's Grand Mufti

09 Feb 2016
Egypt’s Grand Mufti has rejected what he described as “generalized” perceptions that link terrorism to Islam.   “Islam is totally innocent of terrorism and terrorists’ actions,” Shawqy Allam said...

Marcel Kittel crowned Dubai Tour winner

© AFP | Cyclists ride past buildings at Dubai Marina during Dubai Tour 2016
07 Feb 2016
Germany's Marcel Kittel won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after he outsprinted his rivals, claiming victory in the final fourth stage of the race.   He replaced Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo, who had seized the overall leader's...

CNN:200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation, says U.N.

CNN's Nima Elbagir speaks to a Kenyan family about why they choose to continue to brutal practice of female genital mutilation.
06 Feb 2016
They covered her face and laid her down.   What happened next, Agnes wishes no girl would ever experience.   "They grabbed my legs and arms," she said. "They excised me. Blood was coming out."   Her...

CNN: What happens when you're born on an airplane?

 Debs Lowther gave birth to her son Jonathan, just four months before Owen was born, on a British Airways flight from Malawi.
31 Jan 2016
Renewing a passport and border checks are not the easiest of tasks for Shona Owen thanks to the unusual location of her birth.   About 36,000 feet in the air.   To the constant bemusement of immigration officials, her passport...

Heroine's welcome home for Philippines' Miss Universe

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves after winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2015.
25 Jan 2016
Tens of thousands of people in the beauty pageant-crazed Philippines are set to give newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach a heroine's welcome home during a colourful parade through Manila on Monday.   The parade is one...

In Norway, asylum seekers take workshops on sexual violence

Syrian commercial airline pilot Muaz, who declined to give his last name, poses for a picture as he attends a one-day course to prevent sexual violence at a reception centre for asylum-seekers in Naerboe, Norway, January 19, 2016.
24 Jan 2016
A workshop that seeks to educate asylum-seekers in Norway about Western attitudes to sex and sexual assault will appeal to European neighbors struggling to cope with a wave of refugees, but not everyone who attends the course is a fan....

Death is just a pretty face for Brazilian tattoo fans

© AFP / by Sebastian Smith | At Rio Tattoo Week 2016, billed as Latin America's biggest piercing and tattoo convention, the image of death stared from arms, legs, necks, and most other body parts, not to mention T-shirts and posters
23 Jan 2016
In their quest for beauty, Brazilian tattoo fans are turning to the most unlikely of pretty faces: the death skull.   At Rio Tattoo Week 2016, billed as Latin America's biggest piercing and tattoo convention, the image of death...

The world's most innovative universities

A pile of books
22 Jan 2016
"Innovation" is one of the most oft-cited buzzwords in both academia and the business world, but its usage isn't consistent. It can mean that an organization regularly produces new ideas or unique products; that its internal...