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Judge: Ind. must recognize 1 gay couple's marriage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A federal judge ordered Indiana on Thursday to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a gay couple before one of the women dies of cancer. The decision, specific to the couple, doesn't affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages.

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The Shot: Women Activists in Palestine’s West Bank – Video



The Shot: Women Activists in Palestine's West Bank
The face of protest in Palestine is changing. Here, photojournalist Mati Milstein brings this evolution to life with an image he took of a woman's quest to be seen, and heard.

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First women joining Palestinian commando unit – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves rappelled down a six-story tower, fired assault rifles at imaginary terrorists and in a drill straight out of the movies bundled a would-be VIP into a car and sped off after a shooting.

The 22 future commandos are trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, set to become the first female members of the Presidential Guards, a Palestinian elite force of 2,600 men. Their inclusion is the result of gradual changes in the West Bank in recent years.

Some gender barriers have fallen, with a few women assuming posts as mayors, judges and Cabinet ministers or starting their own businesses. At the same time, unemployment is on the rise, and families are more open to women entering non-traditional jobs if it means another paycheck.

Women make up just 3 percent of 30,000 members of the Palestinian police and other security agencies in the West Bank, but there’s a push to recruit more, said Brig. Rashideh Mughrabi, in charge of gender issues in the National Security Forces.

The female Presidential Guards recruits were picked from last year’s graduating class of Independence University, a four-year security academy in Jericho that trains future officers.

For graduate Kurum Saad, the appeal was immediate. As a female officer, her traditional role would have been in administration, but she wanted adventure.

“I didn’t want to sit in an office,” the 23 year old said. “Since I was a little girl, I loved shooting and sports.”

On Sunday, Saad and the others in her group put on black combat boots, camouflage uniforms and pulled black ski masks over the headscarves to show journalists what they’d learned in their special training.

Several women, including non-swimmers, were asked to jump into a pool as a show of courage. They dove in in full uniform, including boots, and one had to be pulled out by a lifeguard.

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Palestinian women are going commando

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves rappelled down a six-story tower, fired assault rifles at imaginary terrorists and in a drill straight out of the movies bundled a would-be VIP into a car and sped off after a shooting.

The 22 future commandos are trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, set to become the first female members of the Presidential Guards, a Palestinian elite force of 2,600 men. Their inclusion is the result of gradual changes in the West Bank in recent years.

Some gender barriers have fallen, with a few women assuming posts as mayors, judges and Cabinet ministers or starting their own businesses. At the same time, unemployment is on the rise, and families are more open to women entering non-traditional jobs if it means another paycheck.

Women make up just 3% of 30,000 members of the Palestinian police and other security agencies in the West Bank, but there’s a push to recruit more, said Brig. Rashideh Mughrabi, in charge of gender issues in the National Security Forces.

The female Presidential Guards recruits were picked from last year’s graduating class of Independence University, a four-year security academy in Jericho that trains future officers.

For graduate Kurum Saad, the appeal was immediate. As a female officer, her traditional role would have been in administration, but she wanted adventure.

“I didn’t want to sit in an office,” the 23 year old said. “Since I was a little girl, I loved shooting and sports.”

On Sunday, Saad and the others in her group put on black combat boots, camouflage uniforms and pulled black ski masks over the headscarves to show journalists what they’d learned in their special training.

Several women, including non-swimmers, were asked to jump into a pool as a show of courage. They dove in in full uniform, including boots, and one had to be pulled out by a lifeguard.

Six women, including Saad, rappelled down the six-story tower in pairs. Saad said she excels at sharp shooting but for months was terrified of heights. She said that during training in Jordan with local commandos, she overcame her fear. Sunday, she swiftly made her way down, smiling as she touched ground.

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More of the station you love. Fewer pledge drives.

Mae Ryan/KPCC Nury Martinez at a Los Angeles City Council meeting on August 6th, 2013. A new infographic released by the L.A

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Community and Discussion

Former WWE broadcaster Ken Resnick recently spoke with VOC Nation’s In the Room about a variety of topics.

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Community and Discussion

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The kingdom that's closed to women: Saudi princesses tethered by the patriarchy

Saudi’s strict modesty laws even apply to women shoppers [GETTY] They lived in a fabulous palace and every year would go on two long holidays with their friends.

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New Yorkers March on Broadway for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel

NEW YORK, March 9, 2014 (WAFA) 100 New Yorkers marched through crowds of shoppers on Broadway in lower Manhattan on Saturday, chanting, singing and carrying signs calling to boycott Israel, Adalah-NY reported.

The protesters stopped to sing boycott songs at Rickys, Best Buy, Crate and Barrel and Staples, stores that sell the Israeli settlement products Ahava and SodaStream, and at Israeli-owned businesses Aroma Espresso Bar and Max Brenner, both of which have ties to Israel’s military occupation.

The protest, organized by Adalah-NY and endorsed by a number of Palestine solidarity groups in New York, was one of many events held in New York City this year as part of the 10th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week.

It came during a period when the growing power of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel has broken through to the mainstream public in the US, with substantial media attention, the US Secretary of State warning of its growth, and Israels Prime Minister Netanyahu focusing his AIPAC speech on demonizing the movement for human rights, and mobilizing opposition to it.

Noting that the protest fell on International Womens Day, Riham Barghouti of Adalah-NY told the marchers, Today we remember and honor all of the women, including Palestinian women, who are struggling for justice, for peace, for equality, for the right to live in dignity and for self-determination.

We call on people of conscience from around the world to carry out boycott and divestment initiatives against Israel until it respects the rights of Palestinians currently living under Israeli military occupation, as second-class citizens in Israel and as refugees, denied their right of return to their homes, she added.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a New York-based radical marching band, provided musical accompaniment as the protesters sang popular songs with rewritten lyrics about products and businesses profiting from Israels apartheid regime.

Outside Crate and Barrel, Sherry Wolf of Adalah-NY told the protesters, By operating in a settlement, SodaStream directly sustains Israels illegal and discriminatory settlement policy. Also, far from being environmentally friendly, SodaStream contributes to pollution, as the settlement of Maale Adumim dumps more than 1100 tons of waste daily into a landfill in occupied Palestinian territory.

The protest was organized in support of the Palestinian-led, international BDS movement, a non-violent initiative to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian human rights.

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Injured Cheeseman looks set to miss clash with Sheffield

7 Mar 2014 09:42 Darren Cheeseman is nursing a hip problem, which forced him to pull out of Great Britains two matches against France in Lille this week Darren Cheeseman is likely to miss Readings NOW: Pensions League game against Sheffield Hallam at Sonning Lane on Sunday (2.30pm). He is nursing a hip problem, which forced him to pull out of Great Britains two matches against France in Lille this week.

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Clifton beat bogey side to keep up play-off push

Comments(0) CLIFTON consolidated their play-off position in the Investec Premier Division with a convincing 5-2 home triumph against Bowden Hightown. A Clifton victory over the visitors was long overdue and, according to star striker Els Mansell, was her first victory in five years of trying. Jo Leigh opened the scoring in the first half following a short corner and further goals came from Harriet Pearce and Mansell.

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