Mexico succession puts scientist on the path to be the first woman president

Sheinbaum favored by Lopez Obrador, aides say She would be Mexico’s first female president Women rising rapidly in Mexican politics Sheinbaum has made progress on crime in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The most historic legacy of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning nationalist resource who casts his administration as a … Read more

Students defy Iran protest ultimatum, unrest enters more dangerous phase

Protests show no sign of easing amid fierce state warnings University students clash with security forces Journalists demand the release of their jailed colleagues Rights groups report arrests of activists, students DUBAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Weeks of protest in Iran entered a more violent phase on Sunday as students defied an ultimatum by the … Read more

Exclusive: Deadly Iran jail fire erupted as police clashed with inmates

Prison blaze shakes the nation already on edge over protests Evin prison holds Iran’s most prominent prisoners Riot police actions prompted inmates’ chants, sources say Sources say police fired shots in prison crackdown Oct 20 (Reuters) – Two days before a fire ripped through a section of Iran’s Evin prison and killed at least eight … Read more

For China’s women, this week’s Congress is unlikely to mean progress

HONG KONG, Oct 18 (Reuters) – As Xi Jinping consolidates power at China’s 20th Communist Party Congress this week, Chinese women are not holding their breath for progress in gender equality. Xi’s decade as the party’s general secretary has seen the number of women in politics and elite government roles decline and gender gaps in … Read more

Iran prison fire death toll grows as some EU states call for sanctions

Death toll from Evin prison blaze rises to 8 Judiciary says prisoners started fire after a fight Relatives of prisoners say they fear for their safety Protests unleashed by Mahsa Amini’s death continue Protesters call for the fall of the Islamic Republic – social media DUBAI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Eight prisoners died as a … Read more

Iran prison fire kills four, injures 61 as protests persist

Iranian judiciary says those killed died of smoke inhalation Iran says calm returns to Evin prison after fire, airs footage Fire comes amid widespread protests, brutal crackdown Iran accuses Biden of interfering in state affairs Protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death entered the second month DUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A fire at Iran’s Evin … Read more

Russian women pay the price in protests against Putin’s war

Data show more women charged in anti-war protests Putin announced partial mobilization on Sept. 21 Many men fled Russia to avoid being drafted LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Women in Russia make up a rising proportion of those being detained in protests against President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization for the war in Ukraine, data show, as … Read more

Iran intensifies crackdown on Kurdish areas as protests rage

Rights group says 7 killed in unrest in Kurdish region Police search homes, arrest dozens in a Kurdish city, source says Judge orders harsh sentences for ‘rioters’ Top official questions whether police should be enforcing hijab DUBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Iranian security forces stepped up their crackdown on Kurdish regions of the country overnight, … Read more

Iran protests over woman’s death persist despite crackdown

Protesters are calling for an end to clerical rule Social media show tanks being moved to Kurdish regions Iran blames Iranian Kurdish dissidents for some unrest Protests spread to vital energy sector DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Clashes between protesters and security forces persisted across Iran on Tuesday, with social media videos showing tanks being … Read more

France’s Ernaux, who long scrutinized himself, won the Nobel literature prize

Ernaux is the author of many largely autobiographical books Works examine disparities of gender, language, class Literature award is the fourth of this year’s Nobels STOCKHOLM/PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “the courage and clinical acuity” in her largely autobiographical books examining … Read more