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International Women's Day 2015: Top 15 inspirational quotes on women empowerment

Women's DayThe world will celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) on 8 March and this year's theme is Make It Happen.

IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and was established by Socialist International, in their meeting in Copenhagen in 1910. The following year, the first International Women's Day was observed in several countries, including Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany, according to the International Women's Day website.


China detains five rights campaigners who planned Women's Day protest

China detains women's rights activistsChina is holding at least five women's rights activists in detention after they planned a demonstration ahead of International Women's Day, which falls on Sunday, rights lawyers said.

Rights groups say China's government is taking an increasingly tough line against freedom of expression. The detentions have also coincided with China's annual parliamentary session.


Lack of snow forces Alaska to move Iditarod dog race

Ididerot moved due to lack of snowThe Alaskan Iditarod dogsled race has had to be moved for only the second time in 43 years because of a shortage of snow.
While a huge swathe of the US from New England to Alabama has recorded unprecedented snowfall, the same cannot be said of Alaska.

Snow has been so scarce that drastic measures have been taken to ensure the 1000-mile sledding marathon can take place at all. The starting point for this week’s event has been shifted 289 miles north from Willow to Fairbanks.


Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISNigerian militant group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS), according to an audio statement.

The message, which has not been verified, was posted on Boko Haram's Twitter account and is believed to be by the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau.  Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamic rule in northern Nigeria in 2009. The conflict has since spread to neighbouring states.

It would be the latest in a series of groups to swear allegiance to IS.


Iraqi man shot and killed in Texas as he witnessed his first snowfall

Iraqi man shot and killed in TexasAn Iraqi man who recently moved with his wife to the United States for safety reasons was shot and killed in Texas while watching snow fall for the first time.

The incident occurred early Thursday in Dallas as Ahmed Al-Jumaili, 36, observed snowfall with his brother in an apartment parking lot while his wife took photos. Rifle fire from an unidentified group of men struck multiple cars and Al-Jumaili, who cried, "I'm hit." He retreated to his apartment, where he died a few hours later.


Militants kill five in attack on restaurant in Mali capital

Mali attackMilitants killed five people including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer in a gun attack on a restaurant in Mali's capital in the early hours of Saturday, authorities said.

Mali's desert north, where French forces wrested control of territory from separatist rebels and al Qaeda-linked fighters, is plagued by frequent attacks. But this is the first such attack for years in Bamako in the south and raises fears that the capital will become targeted more by militants.


Israel Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats — Kills One

Gaza fishing boatsThe Israeli navy opened fire on boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing one Palestinian fisherman, Gaza hospital officials said.

Citing security concerns, Israel keeps a naval blockade on Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, and has designated a six nautical-mile fishing zone off the enclave’s coast.


On Selma anniversary, Obama says racial progress made but more needed

Selma anniversaryWith a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, President Barack Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, said discrimination revealed in a report about law enforcement practices in Ferguson, Missouri, this week showed a lot of work needed to be done on race in America, but he warned it was wrong to suggest that progress had not been made.


Third oil train in less than a month derails in Ontario and starts fire

Ontario oil train derailsSeveral cars have caught fire after a Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, prompting officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors and avoid consuming water from local sources.

Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene at approximately 2:45 a.m. ET. The Transportation Safety Board said 30 to 40 cars derailed four kilometres southwest of Gogama, Ont., and there were no initial reports of injuries


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