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No difference between men and women in Islam, says Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday. Mutual rival Iran will be high on the agenda, but the 32-year-old strongman prince will also be looking to showcase his sweeping changes to Saudi society and an increasingly assertive foreign policy that includes the war in Yemen and an ongoing diplomatic feud with Qatar. The following are quotations from an interview he gave to CBS News on Sunday. - The role of women - Prince…

Men asked to pay 25% more for French newspaper on Women’s Day

PARIS: Male readers of leftwing French daily Liberation were asked to pay 25 percent more for their paper on Thursday, to underscore the gender pay gap on International Women's Day. The paper published two versions with different cover pages, one marked "for women, 2 euros, normal price" with a pictogram of a woman, the other marked "for men, 2.50 euros" with a pictogram of a man. In a front-page message the paper noted that despite equal pay for equal work being enshrined by law since 1972, French women earn on…

Women vastly outnumbered by men at top policy events: study

BRUSSELS: Female speakers are outnumbered by men by three to one at Europe's top international meetings including the Davos summit and Munich Security Conference, a report revealed on Thursday. The survey of world leaders and businesspeople addressing top conferences over the last five years shows a "huge gender gap" with 74 percent of speakers being male, the Open Society Foundations group said. The report -- titled "An End to Manels", or all-male panels -- comes as campaigns such as #MeToo and #Timesup try to advance…

Men become more attractive with beard, study says

Men with facial hair, as we call it beard, are more attractive than men without—at least, that’s what a recent study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found. According to a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, women view men with stubble as more attractive for short-term flings than men with full beards, which were seen as more attractive for long-term relationships.  Investigators interviewed 8,520 women to rate photos of men for physical attractiveness in general, for a short-term or…

‘Bizarre’ video shows men pushing plane at Indonesian airport

JAKARTA: A group of people – mostly technicians and airport employees – were captured in a viral photo and video pushing a plane along an Indonesian runway.  The bizarre incident involving an aircraft is believed to have unfolded at Tambolaka Airport in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. Around 20 men were seen slowly pushing the plane backwards in the direction of the terminal as passengers on board filmed the pandemonium. Social media users suggested the plane had broken down and passengers were forced to help,…

Dogs obey women more, says study

Dogs are believed to be one of the loyal pets and mostly harmless if you nurture them – but a new study reveals that the animal also has tendencies and affection towards a specific gender when it comes to caring. There's a symbiotic relationship of communication you both will have built up over the years. But a study, published in 2017, suggests that women are more likely to understand what man's best friend wants. The study, published in the journal Royal Society of Open Science, found that people can pick up on…

Actress Kruger says Hollywood changing because ‘men are scared’

PARIS: Hollywood actress Diane Kruger said Monday that the #MeToo movement had scared powerful men but she was afraid that change may be short-lived. The German-born star, who won best actress in May at the Cannes film festival for "In the Fade" -- which is hotly tipped for a best foreign movie Oscar nomination -- told French television that she has never been paid as much as her male co-stars. Yet she insisted that lasting change was only possible with men's help. Kruger said the progress made on harassment since…

‘They have no right to call themselves men’

Star Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, who is better known for his sportsmanship and hard knocks with the bat, has come up in support of young actor Zaira Wasim for alleged molestation that she faced recently during a flight. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Kohli  asked people, specially men, to immediately take action against harassment,  on the spot, where it is committed. He called it a cowardly act watching some girl experience such thing and said that these (onlookers) "have no right to call themselves men". "It's really…

Obama calls for more women in power as ‘men seem to be having problems’

PARIS: Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday called for more women to be put in positions of power "because men seem to be having some problems these days". "Not to generalise but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialisation," Obama said at an invitation-only event during a visit to Paris. He didn't mention any particular male leaders who are currently having problems but spoke of "the importance of more focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having…