Here is your weekly dose of international quickies. Lots of links in no particular order:
In Northern Pakistan, women are temporarily banned from going to the market alone so that men don’t get distracted during Ramadan. Unaccompanied women will be arrested.
We know Malala and Amina, but here are other kickass women from the Muslim world you’ll be glad to learn about. (From Critical Dragon1177)
11-year old girl escapes her family who were forcing her to marry. She explains her situation and that of other children like her in an incredible video.
Some Herbalife nutritional supplements banned because they should be considered drugs.
Commotion over a fish that turned into a tiny mermaid. Turns out it was an octopus.
Interesting discussion on the different roles of science journalism in developed and developing nations.
Activists and NGOs are trying to stop the canonization (sainthood) of Pope John Paul II because of his role in protecting pedophile priests.
Three towns decide to expel all pregnant teenagers for being a bad example for the population and bringing in bad luck to the villages. This includes pregnant rape victims. (Trigger warning for violence)
UFOs on the Chinese border remain unidentified. Now they turned to astrophysicists for answers.
Thalidomide babies are still being born in Brazil, where the drug is prescribed to leprosy patients.
Secretary of Health reveals there are between 70 and 80 illegal clinics for “treating” addictions and homosexuality where patients are often held against their will and tortured.
Featured image of Yemeni girl from here.