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Trump to female Democratic lawmakers: 'You weren't supposed to do that'

Trump to female Democratic lawmakers: 'You weren't supposed to do that'“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year,” the president said.



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Police officer who ‘shot female colleague dead during game of Russian roulette’ charged with her killing

Police officer who ‘shot female colleague dead during game of Russian roulette’ charged with her killingA male St Louis police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly shooting a female college during a game of Russian roulette. Nathaniel Hendren, 29, shot fellow officer Katlyn Alix, 24, at an apartment in the Missouri city in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to a St Louis Police Department statement. Ms Alix and Mr Hendren were playing with guns when the male officer produced a revolver.



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No other Congress has ever looked this much like me. Now how will female lawmakers use that power?

No other Congress has ever looked this much like me. Now how will female lawmakers use that power?To continue to smash the old boys' club, female lawmakers in the historically diverse 116th Congress must embrace each other, and their differences.



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Violence in India as female worshipers break blockade to secretly enter one of India's holiest temples

Violence in India as female worshipers break blockade to secretly enter one of India's holiest templesTwo women made history by sneaking into one of India's holiest Hindu temples before dawn yesterday/WED in defiance of hardline activists blockading the shrine from female worshipers. The Sabarimala temple in southern Kerela has been at the centre of a highly politically charged stand-off after the Supreme court lifted a centuries-old ban on women of menstrual age from praying inside it. Violence erupted as news spread that the two women in their 40s had defied traditionalists, backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), by entering the temple for the first time since the landmark court ruling. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and used water cannon as clashes between rival groups erupted across the southern state of Kerala, local media reported. Several officers were reportedly injured. The two women entered the temple under police escort around 3.45am local time, and left undetected a short while later after offering prayers inside the shrine. Women on a previous attempt to breach a blockade surrounding a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Kerala, after the country's supreme court lifted a ban on women entering Credit: AFP/Getty “It is a fact that two women entered the shrine” state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed, adding that police are bound to offer protection to anyone wanting to worship inside the temple. Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, had tried entering Sabarimala last month, but were forcibly turned back by Hindu activists committed to violently enforcing the ban, despite its revocation by India’s Supreme Court last September.  At the time the court had ruled that banning women of menstrual age-between 10 and 50 years-from entering Sabarimala was unconstitutional and an infringement of human rights and of equality of worship.   Immediately after the ruling protesters, with the support of the government, disregarded the court’s ruling and begun preventing women devotes from entering Sabarimala, even resorting to force. They maintained that age-old religious sentiments prevailed over judicial rulings and that preventing menstruating women from entering the shrine was essential to appease and protect Ayyappan, the temples deity who is depicted as a celibate yoga-practising god. Police protected the temple again in October, after clashing with devotees and arresting 2,000 people Credit:  REUTERS/Sivaram V/File Photo Devotees take a vow of celibacy for 41 days before undertaking the arduous trek to the Sabarimala temple in a bid to earn the deity’s blessings. Officials at the temple on Wednesday said the two women had left for 11-mile log uphill trek to Sabarimala around midnight, but instead of ascending the final 18 holy steps to the temple had entered the shrine stealthily through the staff gate. Video images circulating on WhatsApp reveal the two women dressed in black tunics entering the temple with their heads bowed as they rushed inside. “We arrived early in the morning and had a darshan (visitation of the idol) for a few minutes “ Ms Ammini told the BBC later. We left before protestors stopped us, she added.   After news of the two women entering Sabrimala became public, the temple authorities accused them of ‘defiling’ the shrine and closed it for an hour to ‘purify’ it before opening it up to receive male devotees.   Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple Credit:  R S Iyer/ AP Local BJP leader Sreedharan Pillai, however, strongly criticised the temple entry by the two women, calling it a ‘conspiracy by Kerala’s atheist rulers to destroy Hindu temples’. He was referring to Kerala’s Marxist government that came to power in 2016. “The BJP will support all struggles against the destruction of (the Hindu) faith by the Communists” Mr Pillai told local television news channels. On New Years Day some five million women formed a 385-mile long ‘human chain’ across Kerala in support of gender equality and to protest against activists enforcing the ban on females entering Sabarimala despite the Supreme Court having overturned it. Women of all ages and from all wakes of life including lawyers, doctors, actors, authors, teachers, civil servants and even members of the LGBT community stood shoulder to shoulder for 15 minutes late in the afternoon in a show of female solidarity. Their protest ended with a pledge to ‘harness the power of enlightenment to insulate society against revanchist forces that sought to push Kerala back to the dark ages of casteism and discriminatory religious practices’. Meanwhile, in many traditional Hindu communities across India, menstruating females are considered unclean and unholy. This, in turn, results in restrictions and, in some cases outright bans, on women of child- bearing age from entering some temples and holy spots.



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‘Black Girl Magic’: 17 black female judges elected Texas county swear in, make history

‘Black Girl Magic’: 17 black female judges elected Texas county swear in, make historyOfficials believe this is the largest group of black female elected at the same time in Texas' largest county.



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Aide to Mohammed bin Salman 'supervised torture of female prisoner'

Aide to Mohammed bin Salman 'supervised torture of female prisoner'A top aide to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, fired for his role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, personally oversaw the torture of at least one detained female activist earlier this year, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Saud al-Qahtani was a royal adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman until October, when he was sacked and then sanctioned by the US Treasury over the Washington Post columnist's murder. Now three sources, briefed on the activists' treatment, say a group of men subjected this woman and at least three others to sexual harassment, electrocution and flogging between May and August at an unofficial holding facility in Jeddah. They described the group of about six men as distinct from the regular interrogators the women saw and said they belonged to the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, which Mr Qahtani headed at the time, or to state security. Mr Qahtani was present when at least one of the women was tortured, two of the sources said. Reuters has been unable to reach Mr Qahtani since he was sacked in October. Portraits of Saudi King Salman (R) and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are displayed in Riyadh Credit: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images A Saudi official said the allegations of mistreatment and torture of the female detainees were "false … and have no connection to the truth." "The detainees were detained based on accusations related to harming the security and stability of the kingdom," the official said in response to questions from Reuters. Their legal rights were being respected and they were receiving medical and social care, family visits and had the right to an attorney, the official said. The women are among more than a dozen prominent activists arrested since May amid a broader crackdown targeting clerics and intellectuals. Eleven women are still being held, activists say, including the four alleged to have been tortured. The allegations come as Riyadh tries to get past the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a long-time royal insider who became a critic of Prince Mohammed and went into self-exile in the United States last year. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, damaging the crown prince's reputation and opening Riyadh up to the threat of sanctions. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said last month at least three of the activists — most of whom had agitated for the right to drive and an end to a male guardianship system — were tortured. They did not report Mr Qahtani's involvement. The sources, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told Reuters that Mr Qahtani was in the room on several occasions when one of the four detained activists was subjected to kissing, groping and electrocution. He made threats of rape and murder to the woman, the sources said. At least two other detainees endured sexual insults, flogging and electric shocks that turned one of the women's fingers blue, the sources said. Captors also made another woman kiss a male detainee while they watched, one of the sources said. Reuters could not determine whether Mr Qahtani was in the room during the episodes with those three other detainees, but the sources said all of the women's tormentors were from "Saud's group". A third source said Mr Qahtani addressed several of these women in May when they were initially transferred to Jeddah from Riyadh, telling them the penalty for treason was 20 years in prison or the death penalty. 



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Female homeowner a 'hero' after killing prison escapee, sheriff says

Female homeowner a 'hero' after killing prison escapee, sheriff saysPickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said the victim "saved her life and stopped the bad guy."



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Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator'

Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator'Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was arrested along with more



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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Becomes Arizona’s First Female Senator

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Becomes Arizona’s First Female SenatorAfter a delay in ballot counting following last week's midterm election,



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New York Uber Driver Charged With Kidnapping Female Passenger

New York Uber Driver Charged With Kidnapping Female PassengerA driver for Uber was charged Tuesday with kidnapping a 24-year-old New York



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