In India, a state-run factory has stirred up controversy by launching a new product: A handgun designed specifically for women. The .32 caliber revolver weighs just over a pound, and comes in a small bejeweled case designed to fit in a purse.
French President François Hollande is having a hard time getting any traction with his political agenda. Meanwhile, US officials are having a tough time moving past the diplomatic row with India over a diplomat accused of mistreating her housekeeper. And in Italy, a politician is finally saying enough is enough — with the racism she faces.
One year ago, a young woman in Delhi was raped by a group of six men. She later died of her injuries. The incident created a discussion in India that has led many Indians to change their attitudes toward violence against women.
Just a decade ago, the idea of a Pride parade in India would have been unthinkable. But this weekend, the sixth annual LGBT Pride parade was held in New Delhi — and hundreds turned out. It's a sign that the LGBT community is gaining some acceptance in broader Indian culture.
The gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi a year ago exposed a culture of sexual assault in India. Now a new case is gripping India, involving an alleged sexual assault by the editor of a magazine that has doggedly covered violence against women.
India's been wrestling with a gender violence problem for years, but it came to the world's attention late last year when a woman was brutally gang-raped and murdered. But there are groups in India trying to help women empower themselves and break the cycle of violence.
The cricket world woke up to shocking news Thursday. One of cricket's biggest stars, Sachin Tendulkar of India, announced he's retiring from the sport. For cricket, it's like LeBron James calling it quits.