UN Chief Names Kaag as New Lebanon Coordinator

The official who led the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has been named the new United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Sigrid Kaag’s appointment in a statement Monday. Kaag, of the Netherlands, served as special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the […]

Women not equal to men, says Turkish president Erdogan

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women are not equal to men and accused feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Mr Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that women cannot be expected to undertake the same work […]

The all-female militias of Syria, report

BEIRUT – The Syrian regime is arming and training Syrian women to fight for President Bashar al-Assad, putting it out in front of the Pentagon when it comes to sending women to the front lines. A video posted on Russia Today’s Arabic channel from the central city of Homs shows dozens of women in combat […]

Rape is a key reason Syrian Refugees fled, report

Rape is one of the primary reasons that Syrian refugees say they fled their country, “a significant and disturbing feature” of the war raging between rebels and Syrian government forces, the International Rescue Committee said Monday. In a new report based on hundreds of interviews in Jordan and Lebanon, the assistance group said refugees recounted […]

Women named to the Saudi Shura council for first time

King Abdullah in Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia issued Friday a historic decree allowing women to be members of in the kingdom’s previously all-male Shura Council for the first time. Soon after his decree which amended an article in the council’s statute introducing a 20 percent quota for women in the country’s 150-member Shura Council, […]

Hillary Clinton is the America’s choice for 2016: poll

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may insist she’s leaving politics, but a new poll suggests that most Americans hope she changes her mind. A solid majority of those surveyed in an ABC News-Washington Post poll – 57 percent – said they would support a 2016 presidential bid by Clinton. Just 37 percent were opposed […]

Syrian Army Accused of Vicious, Systematic Rape

She speaks haltingly. Telling the story isn’t easy for the 38-year-old Syrian Sunni Muslim, and she won’t be explicit about the physical details that suggest her friend had been raped before dying. Coaxed by her husband, and with her 4-year-old daughter fidgeting by her side, Saima talks quietly of the slaughter of her husband’s first […]