In Saudi Arabia, women are now free to drive cars, in a move widely seen as a more moderate approach to women’s role in society. That role, however, remains dominated for the most part by men.
Politicians across party lines agree that the niqab and the burqa are out of place at schools and universities. Some, however, fear that a ban could hamper integration into German society.
The United States is sending mixed signals to Africa. It wants to fight terrorism, reduce its troops on the continent, and boost economic ties. At the same time, it has banned some Africans from traveling to America.
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi recently began a new hunger strike after nearly eight years in prison. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, is calling for his release and says people are becoming more courageous in Saudi Arabia.
Germany is one of the few European countries where surrogate motherhood and egg donation are completely banned. But there is a growing movement for overturning, or at least softening, a law many consider outdated.
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