In many developing countries, only more privileged women are able to influence decisions made in local government or community groups that affect the lives of women across social classes, says a recent UN report.
Separatist groups in northeast India have used Myanmar as a rear base of operations for hit-and-run attacks on Indian troops. Tuesday's cross-border raid may mark an escalation in India's counterinsurgency campaign.
Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people, most of the deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly, or the homeless.
An Iranian security court on Tuesday held the first hearing in the closed trial of the Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Most of the 1,000 migrants fleeing persecution in Myanmar were crammed onto three boats that Indonesian fisherman towed ashore, while another 106 people were found on a Thai island Thursday and brought to the mainland, authorities said.