Society

France awards highest honour to modest WWII spy heroine

French Ambassador to New Zealand Laurent Contini (L) speaks to Phyllis (Pippa) Doyle prior to presenting her Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour award in Auckland on November 25, 2014
 
 
 
25 Nov 2014
A World War II heroine who parachuted behind German lines on "perilous" spy missions, but was so modest she only told her children about it 15 years ago, was Tuesday presented with France's highest honour. British-born...
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Denmark is world's most connected country

FP/File | A recent study revealed that Denmark was the top country for cellphone and Internet use, followed by Iceland, Britain, and the US in 14th
24 Nov 2014
Denmark has overtaken South Korea as the world's top country for cellphone and Internet use, a study released Monday said. In third place was Sweden, followed by Iceland and Britain, emphasising European dominance in the connectivity...
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Survey concludes Internet access should be a human right

A Saudi internet surfer checks his Twitter account at a coffee shop in Riyadh. Malaysia has deported a young Saudi journalist who is wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohamed that sparked calls for his execution, according to an official. (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)
24 Nov 2014
Affordable access to the Internet should be a human right, as it represents hope for political freedom and economic prosperity to many around the world, according to a survey Monday. Most people also do not want any one nation or...
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Multi-national crew reaches space station

 International Space Station (ISS) crew Anton Shkaplerov of Russia matches palm with his daughter Kira from a bus window before the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 23, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/DMITRY LOVETSKY/POOL
24 Nov 2014
A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. A Soyuz capsule carrying...
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'Anti-Barbie' doll goes on sale in US

23 Nov 2014
She's short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the 'anti-Barbie' doll is ready to go on sale in the United States.   The brainchild of 26-year-old graphic designer Nickolay Lamm...
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Women replace men ploughing, planting and harvesting crops

Women ploughing the land
23 Nov 2014
Gamalat Suleiman has never read about women’s rights or joined any of the rights groups. The axe, that she held for 60 years, taught her that land does not know difference between male and female. In both cases, it gives the crop....
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Echoes of a once famed nightlife in Syria's ravaged Aleppo

AFP / by Sammy Ketz with Zein al-Rifai in eastern Aleppo | Syrians dance at a night club in the government-controlled part of the northern city of Aleppo, November 15, 2014
23 Nov 2014
A sliver of Aleppo's once famous nightlife has returned to the war-torn Syrian city, with cafes and singers catering to residents of regime-held districts, and even some heavily bombed rebel areas. In the chic Mogambo neighbourhood in...
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Indonesian Muslim pageant challenges Western beauty contests

AFP / by Gianrigo Marletta | Finalists of the World Muslimah Awards, Safitri Rahmadani (L) of Indonesia, Gesti Nur Ula Deraputri (C) of Indonesia and Ainur Nelissa of Malaysia, reciting the Koran in Yogyakarta, on November 20, 2014
21 Nov 2014
An eclectic mix of women from around the world will compete in the finale of a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests. The women, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, are...
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Amnesty: New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance

Detekt
21 Nov 2014
A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released Thursday by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations. Detekt is...
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Art Cafe provides charge-free space for kids' creativity

Art Cafe children activity program
16 Nov 2014
Believing in children as the hope of the future, a number of youth decided to extend a helping hand to the children of Manshiyet Tora to paint a better future through a charitable artistic education program.   Art Cafe, the venue...
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