Daily Archive: February 9, 2017

Feb
09

Iraq’s ‘cycling girls’ ride for freedom

Marina Jaber (C), known as Her name is Marina Jaber but to many she is “the girl on the bike”, a young Baghdad artist inspiring Iraqi women to exercise their rights one pedal at a time. In Iraq's conservative society, the young woman cuts an unusual figure when she rides her red bicycle in the streets of the capital, her long black hair swaying in the wind. What started off as an art project became a social media meme and then a civil society movement.


Feb
09

United Arab Emirates women’s player lives dream with Caps

Fatima Al Ali, of the United Arab Emirates, center, takes part in a ceremonial puck drop before an NHL hockey game with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When Fatima Al Ali first started playing hockey in the United Arab Emirates, she skated with young children half her size.


Feb
09

UN committee refuses to accredit religious freedom group

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain says it will seek to overturn a U.N. committee’s decision to deny accreditation to the organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide which promotes religious freedom in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Feb
09

UN: China moves to stop taking organs from prisoners

China's former vice minister of health Dr. Huang Jiefu arrives for a press conference on 'Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism', at the Chinese embassy in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. China is stepping up its efforts to convince the international medical community that it has stopped using executed prisoners as organ donors. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — The World Health Organization says China has taken steps to end its once-widespread practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners but that it's impossible to know what is happening across the entire country.


Feb
09

Greek bonds sell off sharply as EU-IMF rift deepens

Eurozone officials scramble to bridge differences as Athens’ €7bn debt payment looms

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