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Women's World Cup: bright spot for Japan, women's sports

After a deadly earthquake, devastating tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster, the Japanese people got some good news July 17, when their women's soccer team won the 2011 FIFA World Cup Final.

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Afghanistan most dangerous place for women

One in 11 women die in childbirth and 87 percent are illiterate.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has international repercussions

The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is widely seen  as another case of powerful and wealthy men thinking they have the right to sexually exploit women in subordinate positions.

World Notes: Cuba, Afghanistan, Italy and more

The U.S. military is bringing contraband to Argentina and, apparently, planning to stay forever in Afghanistan. Read this and more!

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Sudanese protest lashing of woman

Sudanese women's rights activists and allies protested the beating of a young woman by laughing police officers that was captured on video and circulated around the world.

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World Notes: Guatemala, Bolivia, Palestine, Iraq

In Guatemala, abused women find voice; Bolivia reduces maternal deaths; Palestinian women bear burden of crisis; Iraqi birth defects soar.

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International Women's Day: Forged in the flames of struggle

A hundred years have passed since the International Women's Day was first conceived - which makes Monday especially important. Over the last 10 to 15 years many thousands of women worldwide have begun to recognize and celebrate the day. But it is unfortunate that that its origins are not more widely known given its truly inspirational history.

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Colombian women workers strike for survival

Accompanied by her children and 25 fellow workers, strike leader Aidé Silva escorted our small U.S. labor delegation through an industrialized floriculture operation near Madrid, Colombia.

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Spanish women demand abortion rights

 Ten years after the death of  dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish government passed a law allowing for abortions in cases of rape, fetal malformation and when a pregnant woman's mental or physical health is deemed to be at risk.

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