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Kazakhstan teen volleyball player slammed by critics for being 'too beautiful'

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Candice Chung Apparently Sabina Altynbekova "is so attractive that it's a distraction to the sport".

Street fighter

Woman's 'Cards Against Harassment' campaign fights everyday chauvinism

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Katie Sola Woman starts a movement by filming her street harassers and reprimanding them with a calling card..

Scottish Terriers in tartan vests are the break out stars of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

A Scottish terrier dog is lead out ahead of the India delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ BEN STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

SARAH OAKES Go and pass out with the cuteness of these images while the national anthems of 71 nations rings in your ears.

Watch: woman confront cat-callers

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This American woman is filming her 'cat-callers', confronting them and then passing them cards that tell them to stop the nonsense.

African wives hide HIV to avoid being beaten

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Jason Gale Protecting young mothers will be critical if the world is to meet a UN target of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015.

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

MIKI PERKINS Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get the rightTAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation’s convoluted childcare system.

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Russia Today reporter quits over MH17 'lies'

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London-based reporter says 'we are asked on a daily basis if not to totally ignore then to obscure the truth.'

Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers to remove misogynistic slogans after success of Sydney mother's petition

LUCY CORMACK A Sydney woman has won in the fight against a campervan company's "misogynistic slogans", as a petition she started gained more than 110,000 signatures.

China clamps down on free sex activist Ye Haiyan

Ye Haiyan offering sex for free at a run-down brothel in 2012 to highlight the plight of rural sex workers.

PHILIP WEN Ye Haiyan once offered sex for free to impoverished farmers. Now China won't let her visit Australia.

Dad asks Reddit for photoshopped image after losing his daughter

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LUCY CORMACK A father grieving the death of his newborn baby has turned to Reddit in search of someone to photoshop her image.

Wicked Campers' 'misogynistic slogans' go too far, says Sydney mother

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LUCY CORMACK An online petition calling for a crackdown on vehicles with "misogynistic and degrading slogans and imagery" has now reached over 95,000 signatures.

Women can be bishops in the Church of England after a historic vote

Vicars Kat Campion-Spall (left) and Claire Turner (right) celebrate outside the venue after members voted to approve the creation of female bishops at the Church of England General Synod in York.

Tess Little The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

Marriage equality

Support for same-sex marriage reaches all time high

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LISA COX Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote on the issue in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party's own pollster.

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Chinese paper calls Julie Bishop a 'complete fool'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop: Outspoken about China.

JOHN GARNAUT Australia was once an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” but will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper, which also has called Foreign Minister Julie Bishop a complete fool.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala vows to help free missing Nigerian girls

Malala Yousafzai has told the international community not to forget about the girls

John Bacon Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for the right to education for girls, promised on Sunday to help free a group of Nigerian school girls abducted by Islamist militants, multiple news outlets reported.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie accepts offer to visit Nauru

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie, actor Brad Pitt (not seen), British Foreign Secretary William Hague (not seen) and his wife Ffion Hague (not seen) attend the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict in London, United Kingdom on June 13, 2014. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie has accepted an offer to visit Nauru, according to reports from Radio New Zealand.

Free at last

Palm Beach whale is free at last

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Well on his way to deeper waters.

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Clive Palmer walks out on his 7.30 interview

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer during a joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson, at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo:

MARK KENNY Clive Palmer has stormed out of an interview on the ABC's flagship television current affairs program, 7.30 bringing the segment to an abrupt end.

Asylum seeker mothers beg: let Australians adopt our children

drawing by one of the pregnant women on Christmas Island who asked whether her baby could be adopted to an Australian family, as she was so distraught about the baby growing up in detention.
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SARAH WHYTE Pregnant asylum seeker women on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families four months ago, as they became anxious about their future.

Author Tara Moss assaulted in Sydney

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Model and author Tara Moss is suffering from shock after she was randomly attacked by a man in the middle of Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday.

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EMMA PARTRIDGE Model and author Tara Moss is suffering from shock after she was randomly attacked by a man in the middle of Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday.

Sexist slur made by Nationals MP John Williams against female cabinet minister Robyn Parker

NCH NEWS. Pic shows Maitland MP Robyn Parker at a press conference to announce funding for sporting facilities around Maitland as part of Maitland's Community Building Partnership Grants program. Funding was allocated for netball, rugby, and soccer facilities. Maitland Park Netball Courts, Maitland. Pic by Max Mason-Hubers MMH. Monday 9th December 2013. Newcastle

KIRSTY NEEDHAM A NSW Nationals MP verbally attacked a female cabinet minister, threatening to "tear her a new orifice" and saying she had "never had a real man", because he was angry at her department's decision.

AFR and Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards nominations open

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Claire Stewart Nominations for the 100 Women of Influence awards are now open until 10 August.

Transgender youth

Calls to help sex-change kids as demand for gender reassignment soars

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JILL STARK The number of children accessing medical treatment to help them change gender has increased 60-fold, leaving Australia’s only clinic for transgender young people struggling to cope with the rise in demand.Exclusive figures obtained by The Sunday Age show the Royal Children’s Hospital gender dysphoria service is seeing 150 patients a year, with new referrals rising from one per year in 2003 to 60 in 2014.

Men's rights activists

"Men are second class citizens"

SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI - JUNE 27: Howard Goldman, drove 13 hours from Long Island, NY to attend and has been a member of 'A Voice for Men' for 3 years. The first meeting of the group titled, A Voice for Men, hosting an International Conference on Mens Rights Issues at a VFW hall in Saint Clair Shores, MI on Friday, June 27, 2014.    (Photo by Fabrizio Costantini for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Monica Hesse Inside an international men's rights activists conference.

Proportion of female MPs in upper house set to hit 30-year low

SEAN NICHOLLS The proportion of women in the NSW upper house is set to plummet to a 30-year low after next year's state election as female MPs with a combined 86 years of experience leave Parliament.

Rolf Harris found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls

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The 84-year-old could expect to be sent to jail later this week

Lessons in equality

The most powerful advocates for girls' education

8 November 2013, Govindpuri, Delhi , INDIA:  Farhana Khan 6, walks her 5 year old neighbour Aaliya home from school to the tiny one room family home in Govindpuri she shares with her parents and sister Farhana.  Many girls face a variety of hurdles to receiving an education in India that range from ease of access to schools, traditional beliefs in the community, sexual abuse and poverty. Picture by Graham Crouch/ Good Weekend

BEN DOHERTY In south Asia, only the wealthy complete a formal education. Ben Doherty meets some girls from poor families trying to buck the trend.

PIP breast implants

What happened to all the PIP breast implant victims?

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Melissa Davey Women affected by the ruptured implants are being urged to join a new global class action this week.

Rebekah Brooks found not guilty of phone hacking, could end up in Australian job

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NICK MILLER News Corp journalists are speculating that Rebekah Brooks may be parachuted into a senior position at the company’s Australian arm, now she has been cleared of phone hacking, corruption and conspiracy charges.

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'Honour killings' talk at Festival of Dangerous Ideas gets cancelled

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Alexandra Back, Michael Koziol The Sydney Opera House has cancelled a controversial talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar titled "Honour killings are morally justified" after widespread anger.

Clementine Ford

In defence of skimpy swimwear for men

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CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford is a fan of the "schlong thong" and this is why.

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Fashion designer Jodhi Meares charged with drink-driving

Jodhi Meares split from James Packer in 2002 and is engaged to singer Jon Stevens.

MEGAN LEVY The ex-wife of billionaire James Packer has been charged following a weekend crash in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

#edsoldiers

The ‘eating disorder soldiers’ on social media

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Melissa Davey A controversial Instagram hashtag is drawing the attention of body image experts.

Liberal senator Sue Boyce calls out 'sexist' Tony Abbott

Senator Sue Boyce gave her valedictory speech to the Senate in Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 18 June  2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Jonathan Swan, Simone Ziaziaris Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a subtle sexist and the Coalition should be ''behaving more humanely'' towards asylum seekers, retiring Liberal senator Sue Boyce has said in an extraordinary exit interview.

Julia Gillard was on a mission to 'shine a light on sexism'

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces the September 14 election date at the National Press Club of Australia on 30 January 2013.
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MEGAN LEVY Julia Gillard has revealed that she drastically switched her attitude towards tackling sexism in Australian politics during her time as prime minister.

Student kicked out of HSC study session because of her pink hair

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MELANIE KEMBREY A Sydney schoolgirl was banned from going on an excursion and told she could not be in a school photograph because her hair was dyed a bright colour.

Hillary Clinton

Ten lessons from Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, smiles during a keynote session at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit 2014 in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Clinton, who retired last year as secretary of state, has said she will make her decision on a 2016 presidential run later this year. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

SARAH MACDONALD Important life lessons from Hillary Clinton's new memoir.

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'Vacation cutting'

The fight to end 'vacation cutting'

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Julie Turkewitz Each year, young women are still being sent abroad to undergo genital cutting.

Restaurateurs taking revenge on diners - finally

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ANNABEL CRABB It’s been a long, long time coming, but restaurateurs are finally taking revenge.

Doctor gets suspended for sending explicit selfies during surgeries

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Lindsey Bever Compromises patient safety with his “preoccupation with sexual matters”.

Anti-rape summit

Angelina Jolie vows to help end sexual violence in conflict

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

Angelina Jolie has dedicated a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict to an unnamed and ''abandoned'' victim of rape in Bosnia.

Operation blow-dry

I run a beauty salon for refugees

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Claire Stewart Beauty salons are helping Syrian women cope with life in a refugee camp.

Tony Abbott's 'Canadia' gaffe trends on Twitter

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It's been a tough week on the world stage for the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

Governor Marie Bashir to become a Dame

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Retiring NSW Governor Marie Bashir is set to become the second recipient of a Dameship awarded by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Girls Make Game

Inaugural 'Girls Make Games' summer camps fight industry's gender gap

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Alex Magdaleno This is VERY cool.

Internet

Slenderman: How a horror story became an online urban legend

Slender Man lurks in the background of one of the many doctored images that have made the rounds online since 2009.

Caitlin Dewey The complete, terrifying history of ‘Slenderman,’ the internet meme that compelled two 12-year-olds to stab their friend.

Bodies of 800 children found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers

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Terrence McCoy In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Home, run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam.

The Pakistani women behind the official FIFA World Cup balls make $182 per year each

Despite Pakistan having a FIFA world ranking of 159, the Forward Sports company has a proud history of manufacturing top-class balls for football competitions, including the Champions League and the German Bundesliga.

Damon Wake She has no idea who Lionel Messi is and her home country isn't even playing, but Pakistani mother-of-five Gulshan Bibi can't wait for the World Cup - because she helped make the balls.

Grim prediction for university graduates

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Matthew Knott, Heath Gilmore Up to 65,000 university students - 30 per cent of graduates - will be jobless four months after finishing their studies, and those finding employment will be earning less, the federal government has forecast.

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The Rosie Batty factor: out of tragedy comes change

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MEX COOPER When a grieving mother spoke out calmly just hours after her son's murder, she shocked many. Now police say the Rosie Batty factor has been a watershed in the battle against family violence. Mex Cooper reports.

Detained Australian artist Guo Jian wanted to finish Tiananmen work

Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian was detained on Sunday night from his home on the eastern fringes of Beijing.

PHILIP WEN “I’m not worried about being arrested, I’m just worried about not being able to finish it,” he told a close friend.

Obama to slash CO2 emissions

President Obama has directed the EPA to introduce cuts of up to 30 per cent in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

NICK O'MALLEY The Obama administration has announced regulations that would cut the amount of carbon dioxide the US energy sector may emit by 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, the first ever national limits on the greenhouse gas introduced in the United States.

NSW homes face rising domestic assault rates

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione speaks at a news conference on the stabbing death of Police Inspector Bryson Anderson in Sydney, Friday, December 7, 2012. (SMH NEWS) Photo by Mick Tsikas

NICK RALSTON The rate of domestic violence in NSW continues to rise, bucking the downward trend of most other crimes including assault within pubs and clubs, which has fallen thanks to state government intervention, new statistics show.

Brazilian man goes under the knife to 'look more Asian'

A 25-year-old Brazilian student has gone under the knife to make himself to look Asian.

AMANDA HOH Each year, thousands of Asian women undergo plastic surgery to westernise their look, but in a complete reversal, a 25-year-old Brazilian student has gone under the knife to make himself to look Asian.

US to seek 30 per cent cut in carbon emissions

US President Barack Obama will use the executive authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to issue the regulation.

Coral Davenport The United States' Environmental Protection Agency will unveil a draft proposal to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Father of gang-raped, murdered India girl demands justice

Indian demonstrators protest against the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav.

The father of one of two girls gang-raped and lynched in northern India said Sunday he had refused compensation from the state government he blamed for failing to stop the horrendous crime.

Mount Isa: lung infection rates in indigenous children among world's worst

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AMY REMEIKIS It’s just 1800 kilometres away from Brisbane. Twenty hours or so by car.  But when it comes to the respiratory health of children, Mount Isa may as well be a world away.

Brisbane man charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend in US

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A Brisbane-based tennis player has been charged in the US with aggravated stalking after allegedly threatening to post nude photos of his ex-girlfriend online.