AFGHANISTAN (from Michael)
A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president.
UKRAINE (From Mary)
What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Simpsons in Ukrainian.
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.
The proposed law would allow men to marry girls as young as nine and give husbands license to force their wives to have sex with them without consent. The legal age for marriage in Iraq is currently 18.
Croatia’s Constitutional Court has upheld compulsory vaccination laws against nine infectious diseases. The court’s statement has been translated as reading, “The child’s right to health is more than the rights of parents to the (wrong) choice.”
A man had three toes and his genitals eaten by a hyena that attacked him as he carried out a witch-doctor’s instructions to get rich.
A priest warns that Legos can destroy the souls of children and lead them to the dark side. The same priest had previously called Hello Kitty and My Little Pony as evil.
The two-month-old daughter of a lesbian couple will become the first child of a same-sex couple to be baptized by the Argentine Catholic Church.