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Google, Apple face calls to pull Saudi app allowing men to monitor wives

A Saudi Arabian government app that allows men in the country to monitor and control their female relatives’ travel at the click of a button should be removed from Google and Apple’s online stores, a US politician and activists said on Feb 13.

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, is ranked 138 of 144 states in the 2017 Global Gender Gap, a World Economic Forum study on how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education. — Reuters

Franco-Italian 'melee' adds spice to EU election build-up

PARIS (Reuters) - France's decision to withdraw its ambassador to Italy may be the biggest diplomatic fracas between the neighbours since Benito Mussolini declared war on France in 1940, but the trans-Alpine stand-off has its roots in more recent events.

France tells Italy 'Basta! - withdraws envoy after war of words

PARIS/ROME (Reuters) - France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday, a remarkable diplomatic split between neighbours and European Union allies, after what it described as "repeated, baseless" attacks by Italian political leaders against France.

South Korean women begin to resist intense beauty pressure

SEOUL (AP): As she pursued her dream of becoming a fashion model, veering for years between extreme dieting and overeating, Park I Seul realised she had a problem: She was not tall and skinny, like typical runway models, nor was she big enough to be a plus-size model.

In this Jan. 23, 2019, photo, Park Jiehyun, feature​s director at Cosmopolitan Korea, watches fashion magazine during an interview in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has the world’s highest ratio of plastic surgeons per capita, according to a report by the International Society of Plastic Surgery in 2016.

Saudi Arabia to address abuse of male guardianship system - media reports

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will study how its male guardianship system is being abused, Saudi media reported on Monday, after the flight of an 18-year-old woman to Thailand last month focused global attention on the issue.

Belgian student climate protests snowball

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Thousands of Belgian students skipped classes for the fourth week in a row on Thursday to protest against global warming, part of a growing youth protest around the world.

Getting tougher on corruption

A letter from DR KM LOI, Ex-vice chair, UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition.

Deutsche Bank to get Qatari commitment for more funds

FRANKFURT: Deutsche Bank AG has secured a commitment for additional investment from Qatar as the troubled German lender seeks to bolster its finances, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Troubled lender: Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as the twin tower skyscraper headquarters of Deutsche Bank AG stand in Frankfurt. Germany has been moving to fix Deutsche Bank as shares of the lender have slumped by almost half in the past year. — Bloomberg

US Treasury set to borrow US$1 trillion for a second year to finance deficit

NEW YORK: The U.S. Treasury Department is set to maintain elevated sales of long-term debt to finance the government’s widening budget deficit, with new issuance projected to top $1 trillion for a second-straight year.

War declared on world's growing e-waste crisis

Weighing more than all commercial airliners ever built and worth more than most countries' GDP, electronic waste poses a growing economic and environmental threat, experts said Jan 24, as they launched a global initiative to clean it up.

The world produces close to 50 million tonnes of e-waste every year as consumers and businesses throw out their old smartphones, computers and household appliances. — AFP