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110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from SyriaPRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.



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Satanic Temple challenges Missouri abortion law that forces women to wait three days

Satanic Temple challenges Missouri abortion law that forces women to wait three daysThe Satanic Temple has launched a legal challenge to Missouri laws requiring women to wait three days before undergoing an abortion.An appeal filed in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday on behalf of a member of the group, named only as “Judy Doe”, claims rules in the state infringe on First Amendment rights to religious freedom.Missouri operates a so-called “Informed Consent” abortion process, where women are forced to wait at least 72 hours after requesting the procedure before it is carried out.In that time, laws require patients are given a booklet which states: “the life of each human being begins at conception”.They must also be offered the opportunity to listen to the foetal heartbeat and view an ultrasound before an abortion can take place.A federal judge initially dismissed the case in March, ruling the laws were not discriminatory on religious grounds.But the temple has now requested the appeals court adjudicate on whether life begins at conception and whether a matter of “religious opinion” can be imposed by law.“Our appeal presents a challenge for judges who want to defy the law to promote an agenda because the Eighth Circuit will have to overrule itself to deny our claims,” said Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.“It is laughable for theocrats to obviously impose their religious viewpoint into law only to claim that their actions are not discriminatory by virtue of the fact that everybody is equally burdened by the restrictions they’ve created. We are confident that reason will prevail upon appeal.”A similar lawsuit filed by a Satanic Temple member was rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court in February this year.In that case, a woman known as “Mary Doe” argued the temple taught a woman’s body is “inviolable and subject to her will alone”.She also stated it was her sincerely-held religious belief a foetus was not part of her body and was not a human being.However, the court ruled Informed Consent did not violate religious freedoms because parts of it only “happened to coincide” with certain religious tenets on abortion, rather than being based on them.A spokesman for Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt at the time said the law was “designed to protect women from undue pressure and coercion during the sensitive decision of whether or not to have an abortion.”The Satanic Temple, which has 13 chapters across the US and Canada, is a non-theistic moment founded in 2013, which promotes egalitarianism, civil liberties, secularism and reproductive rights.Adherants do not believe in a literal Satan, but consider the literary Satan a metaphor for questioning authority and promoting scepticism.It is also known for its use of satire to challenge Christianity, an action for which its members have faced accusations they do not hold sincere Satanist beliefs and are instead just attempting to prank or “troll” targets. In August last year, the group unveiled an eight-foot bronze statue of the goat-headed devil figure Baphomet outside the Arkansas state capitol building in protest against a Ten Commandments monument on the site.In 2016, the temple sought to establish “After School Satan” clubs, in protest against evangelical Christian Good News Clubs, which it considers an erosion of the separation of church and state in public education.Additional reporting by AP



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2020 Democrats Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, Gabbard to join forum on women of color

2020 Democrats Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, Gabbard to join forum on women of colorIn a nod to the clout of women of color, Democratic presidential hopefuls will outline plans to address issues important to the women at a national forum.



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Biden jokes about hugs in first appearance since women complained of unwanted touches

Biden jokes about hugs in first appearance since women complained of unwanted touchesIn his first public appearance since allegations by women who say he touched them inappropriately surfaced, former Vice President Joe Biden twice made light of the claims.



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UPDATE 3-Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens -sources

UPDATE 3-Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens -sourcesSaudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said on Friday. The U.S. nationals are journalist Salah al-Haidar, whose mother Aziza al-Yousef is among those on trial, and Bader al-Ibrahim, a doctor and author of a book about Shi’ite Muslim politics, the associate and London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said. An official from the U.S. State Department confirmed the arrest of two U.S. citizens and said it had “engaged the Saudi government in this regard,” without providing details.



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Seven women have now accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touching

Seven women have now accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touchingA total of seven women have come forward with accusations of inappropriate behavior, with three of them speaking out after former Vice President Joe Biden responded to the previous allegations in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday.



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2 More Women Describe 'Uncomfortable' Physical Contact From Joe Biden

2 More Women Describe 'Uncomfortable' Physical Contact From Joe BidenTheir accounts add to the scrutiny over Biden's interactions with women



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Joe Biden vows to be 'more mindful' on same day as three more women make accusations

Joe Biden vows to be 'more mindful' on same day as three more women make accusationsFormer Vice President Joe Biden released a video on Twitter addressing the allegations of unwanted and inappropriate behavior.



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Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activists

Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activistsSaudi Arabia on Thursday temporarily released three out of 11 women detained nearly a year ago in a broad crackdown on activists, state media said, as the kingdom faces intense global scrutiny over human rights. Blogger Eman al-Nafjan, retired lecturer Aziza al-Youssef and academic Rokaya al-Mohareb were freed, one of their relatives told AFP, as the women face trial in Riyadh’s criminal court on charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats and human rights groups. “The criminal court in Riyadh announces the provisional release of three detainees,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, without naming them.



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PHOTOS: In Gaza, women walk thin line between hope and despair

PHOTOS: In Gaza, women walk thin line between hope and despairThose restrictions have devastated Gaza’s economy and left many of its women, like Rudwan’s younger sister, struggling to find work after graduating from college.



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