More than 20 dead as violence flares between Gaza and Israel

Air and tank strikes kill 19 Palestinians after Netanyahu orders massive attacks, while rockets kill four in Israel Militants in Gaza and Israeli forces engaged in a bloody and spiralling clash over the weekend, with Palestinian factions launching hundreds of rockets towards towns and cities in Israel, which tweeted his 100% support for Israels actions after a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. He added: To the Gazan people these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. End the violence and work towards peace it can happen! The violence is following a pattern established over the past year in which short-lived exchanges have erupted on a near-monthly basis, usually dying …

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name fourth child Psalm

Reality TV star and musician blessed beyond measure with arrival of baby boy Kim Kardashian West and her husband, the musician Kanye West, have named their new child Psalm after its recent birth via surrogate. Kardashian West posted a picture of the boy on social media with the caption Psalm West. The picture was accompanied by a message that read: Beautiful Mothers Day. With the arrival of our fourth child. We are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need. pic.twitter.com/F0elQd1cJq Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

I watched my family die: Shatila refugees’ suffering laid bare

Cartoonist Ella Baron travelled to Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to hear the stories of women at Mdecins Sans Frontires womens health clinic Located on one square kilometre in central Beirut, Shatila is home to an estimated 14,000 people, although the true number may be more than twice that. The camp is not policed by the Lebanese authorities and most residents have limited access to housing, employment, electricity and water. Established in 1949 to accommodate Palestinian refugees, Shatila now has a population that is more than half Syrian. Syrian refugees seeking mental health services from Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) in Shatila are suffering less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused …

Sex, taboos and #MeToo – in the country with no word for ‘vagina’

Burmese doctor is changing attitudes to womens rights and sexual health Theres a hpou (a childs toy), tayat ywa (mango leaf) and mout paung (sweets). Pausing in her list of euphemisms, Dr Thet Su Htwe leans in to the microphone. And even samosa, she adds. At this, the rapt audience of young women gathered at her workshop shrieks and bursts into chatter. Why are we still afraid to say the word vagina? the doctor asks finally. Talking about vaginas not to mention sex education is taboo in Myanmar. But it became the focus of discussion two months ago when Sign up here for weekly email updates from this series In Myanmar, sexual and reproductive education technically exists on the curriculum …

‘No need for birth control’: Tanzanian president’s views cause outrage

John Magufuli says people who use contraceptives are lazy, and outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad advice Womens rights campaigners have expressed outrage after the Tanzanian president said there is no need for birth control. The president, John Magufuli, told a rally in Meatu, in the Simiyu region, that outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad advice, and that people who use contraceptives are lazy, according to local media. You people of Meatu keep livestock. You are good farmers. You can feed your children. Why would you opt for birth control? These are my views, but I dont see any need for birth control in Tanzania, he said. People who use birth control do so because they …

Aquarius migrants arrive in Spain after rough week at sea

Red Cross stands ready as rescue ship docks in Valencia The 630 migrants and refugees accuse the Italian government of cynicism and irresponsibility by refusing to let the rescue ship Aquarius dock in one of its ports. Their immediate fate was only settled on Monday when the new Cramped conditions on migrant rescue ship revealed video This is not a cruise ship, he said. Its a search-and-rescue ship. Its not made for people to stay on for more than two, three, four days. Because of the weather, we asked everyone to stay inside the accommodation and they were really cramped in the room we have. People were sick because of the waves. It was difficult to see and I have …

Delhi’s women shelters to be inspected after abuse allegations

Indian minister for women admits no attention was paid to alleged abuse in shelters Every shelter for vulnerable women and girls across Delhi will be inspected after accusations of sexual abuse at several Indian care homes and admission from the countrys minister for women that many more cases are likely to exist. The widening scandal, including allegations that one care home in Bihar state had a room that functioned as an abortion clinic for when its abused occupants became pregnant, has so far led to the suspension of more than 20 government officials and at least 14 arrests. Two dozen girls were removed on Monday from a shelter in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, the 21st facility where sexual or physical abuse …

Italian women’s groups fear law change will hurt domestic violence victims

Italys parental alienation proposal could be exploited by men if it becomes law, say women Womens associations fear legal changes by Italys populist government could have severe consequences for victims of domestic abuse. The overriding worry is a proposal in the joint contract of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League combating what it describes as the serious phenomenon of parental alienation, whereby one parent manipulates their child to reject the other. Lella Palladino, the president of D.i.Re has started a petition to block the legislation, which was drafted by League senator Simone Pillon and began its passage through parliament last week. No more forfeit allowances or ideological feminist battles against men, were thinking only of the child, …