The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.  It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.

Women in Iran Deem Rape Laws Unfair

In Iran, if a woman is raped, she is considered an adulteress and faces death by stoning. But if a woman fights off a sexual predator and kills him, she can then be tried for murder and face death by hanging.

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Omanis Vote in Their First Free Election

Some 506 candidates, including 15 women, were running for seats in the 83-member council, which has no formal powers but is consulted on new laws and economic policies. Sultan Qaboos announced universal suffrage late last year, joining other regional states that are introducing democratic reforms. Hundreds of voters, including women, formed long queues in the capital Muscatís polling stations. Observers noted that the turnout was bigger than in previous elections.

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Shortage of Women in East Germany Causes Turmoil

By Erik Kirschbaum

LIEBENTHAL, Germany (Reuters) - A steady exodus of educated women is worsening a gender gap among eastern Germany's young and could be sowing the seeds of social upheaval.

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Women in Iran

SHIRIN EBADI, this year's winner of the Nobel peace prize, is the sort of woman?assertive, severe and frighteningly well-versed in Islamic and western law?that Iran's conservative establishment cannot stand. A judge under the monarchy, she did not follow colleagues to overseas refuge after the revolution, but stayed on as an advocate, fighting cases of political murder, repression and domestic violence. A defender of Islam, she wrote learnedly about women's and children's rights under Islamic law. She lost most of her high-profile cases, but survived. Overnight, she has become a celebrity.

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The Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, has announced a landmark reform to the law over women's position in the family.

The changes to the personal status code would give women greater rights on matters covering marriage and divorce.  The King said the measure, which is expected to be approved by parliament soon, was designed to end "the iniquity weighing on women".  But he has had to tread a fine line in what is a very controversial subject.

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Another honor kiling in London


A Muslim Kurdish refugee living in the UK was sentenced to life in prison today after being convicted of murdering his 16-year-old daughter because she had started a relationship with a Lebanese Christian boy and had become too "westernized."

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