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Accessories retailer Claire's Stores files for bankruptcy

March 19 (Reuters) - Claire's Stores Inc said on Monday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and expects to reduce debt by about $1.9 billion, as the struggling retailer of girls' accessories combats a fall in mall traffic.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.

Pennsylvania man and missing teen are found in Mexico 2 weeks later

Nearly two weeks after a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl vanished with a 45-year-old man, the pair was found Saturday in Mexico and the man was arrested, authorities say.

Fashion and Apparel

Encounters: Karlie Kloss Teaches Teenage Girls How to Code

When she’s not jet-setting or hanging with Taylor Swift, the 25-year-old model runs a coding boot camp for young women.


Kentucky legislature passes bill to curb teen marriage

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky legislators passed a bill on Friday that seeks to tighten restrictions on child marriage, which advocates said is aimed at blocking weddings between younger girls and older men, a situation they say can lead to domestic violence.

Piper, Billie

Billie Piper Hasn’t Looked Back Since She Left the Tardis

The English actor has played a television time-traveler, a call girl and a woman desperate to conceive a child. Next stop? New York and new projects.


Rape used as wide-scale weapon of war in Syria: U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities - acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Thursday.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Four People, Including Young Child, Shot Dead in Brooklyn

The bodies of three men and one young girl were discovered in Brownsville around 5 a.m. by a relative who came to check on the group.


Nigerian presidency says to negotiate for release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month rather than use a military option.


British pedophile ring abused 1,000 children: newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) - Pedophiles in central England abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Overlooked Women in Our City

Monday: Overdue obituaries for New York women, a march for safer streets and the founding of the Girl Scouts of America.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)

Exposures: A Young Monk Finds Her Calling

In Japan, a girl turns to her Buddhist faith to help rebuild her village temple destroyed in the tsunami seven years ago.

Van Jones: Women in prison deserve better than this

There is a powerful movement taking shape to stand up on behalf of some of our country's most silenced and vulnerable women -- the more than 200,000 women and girls who live behind bars in our prisons and jails. That movement has shown its strength from the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. to the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix, and beyond.


Pennsylvania man signs 16-yr-old out of school, both missing

(Reuters) - A 45-year-old Pennsylvania man signed a 16-year-old girl out of her school 10 times between November and February, and the two have gone missing, police said on Wednesday.

Opinion: Give girls choices, not lives already decided for them


South Korea's 'Garlic Girls' the new face of LG Elec's vacuum cleaners

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's women curlers, dubbed the "Garlic Girls" after their garlic-farming hometown, have become the faces of LG Electronics' new cordless vacuum cleaners.

Michelle Obama reached out to family of girl in awe of her portrait

Michelle Obama got the chance to dance Tuesday with a 2-year-old girl who was in awe of the former first lady's portrait.

2-year-old girl: Michelle Obama is a queen

Two-year-old Parker Curry, who was photographed being enthralled by former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait and then later met the former first lady, tells CNN's Don Lemon she wants to be a "queen" when she grows up, like Obama.

France to set age of sexual consent at 15 after rape outcry

France's government has proposed setting a formal age of sexual consent after two-high profile cases involving 11-year-old girls, according to the country's Equality Minister.

Girl amazed by Michelle Obama portrait

Two-year-old Parker Curry was so awestruck by the towering portrait of Michelle Obama that every time her mother would try to get her to turn around to take a picture, she would not stop staring at it.

Mirror falls, kills 2-year-old inside a Payless

A 2-year-old girl has died after a mirror fell on top of her inside a Payless ShoeSource store in Riverdale, Georgia.

Yes, there are strong female characters in children's programming

We are all familiar with the negative images of girls and women in movies and other media -- and how ubiquitous they are.

Hicks, Hope C (1988- )

Trump Is ‘Losing a Limb’ With the Departure of Hope Hicks

Social media wits saw an ‘It Girl’ who attained power through deference. Reporters considered her a straight shooter with direct access to the president.

Schoolgirls unknowingly ran toward their attackers

A clock ticking in a deserted dorm room. A solitary slipper strewn across the red earth. A girl's headscarf on the grass, rippling in the breeze.

Will the Spice Girls perform at the royal wedding?

Tell us what you want, what you really, really want, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle: No better time to shine light on women

Prince Harry's bride-to-be Meghan Markle has said she will "hit the ground running" in her work to empower girls and women in the UK while speaking at an event in London on Wednesday.

The relentless pressure to succeed is driving girls to despair

As a mom of two daughters, I'm mindful of how girls today have more opportunity than ever. In fact, I tell my girls this all the time: They can be anything they want and shatter any glass ceiling, even the highest one, the presidency.

Teenage girls are facing impossible expectations

At a moment when girls enjoy historic opportunity -- watching Chloe Kim and Mikaela Shiffrin soar to gold, and Oprah preach girl power from the Golden Globes stage -- teen girls tell researchers they are twice as depressed, anxious and stressed out as boys. And though girls beat out boys in college and graduate school admissions, according to a University of California-Los Angeles study, female college freshmen have never been lonelier or less happy.

Girl Scout's cover of rapper's song goes viral

Seymore Harrison Jr. and his daughter, Charity, created a parody of Childish Gambino's song "Redbone" to help sell Girl Scout cookies. They never thought it would help sell nearly 5,000 boxes.


Nigerian army and police disagree over security in mass abduction town

ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's army and police on Monday publicly disagreed over the security arrangements that were in place in the northeastern town where 110 girls were abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants.

Politics and Government

Erdogan Tells a Weeping Girl, 6, She’d Receive Honors if Martyred

With Turkish armed forces engaged in a difficult battle in Syria, the president tried at a rally to bolster confidence.

Disney donates $1 million of 'Black Panther' profit to the Boys & Girls Clubs


Police suspect Slovak investigative journalist murdered for his work

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Slovak journalist shot dead with his girlfriend was probably targeted for his investigative work, police said on Monday, a case that has shocked the small central European country and highlighted public concerns about corruption.

Travel and Vacations

Footsteps: In Search of Virginia Woolf’s Lost Eden in Cornwall

The vast coastal county of Cornwall, England, had a profound effect on the future writing of the impressionable young girl who would become a literary star.

Vermeer, Jan

Uncovering the Secrets of the ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’

Researchers in The Hague will use technology borrowed from medicine to find the answers to lingering questions about Vermeer’s 1665 masterpiece.


Nigeria says 110 girls unaccounted for after Boko Haram attack

ABUJA (Reuters) - One hundred and ten girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe by suspected members of Boko Haram, the country's information ministry said on Sunday.


Review: ‘Good Girls’ Offers Equal Time for Antiheroines

NBC’s suburban-crime caper is well cast and enjoyable, but it needs time to figure out how seriously it wants to take its premise.

More than 100 girls missing after Nigeria raid

More than 100 girls are missing after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked their school in northeastern Nigeria Monday night, according the father of one of those missing.


Olympics: Curling - Sweden take gold to end Korean fairytale run

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden beat South Korea 8-3 to claim their third women's curling gold medal in four Winter Games on Sunday, ending the 'Garlic Girls' fairytale Olympic run that captivated the home nation.

The Week in Good News: The Garlic Girls, Rhodes Scholarships and an African Funk Pioneer

Sometimes it seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news. But it isn’t all bad out there.


On ‘Good Girls,’ They’re the Criminal Moms Next Door

In this new show on NBC, three suburban mothers take an unusual approach to self-empowerment: They rob a grocery store. That’s just the first episode.

McAdams, Rachel

A Word With: No Matter What Rachel McAdams Plays, She Plays for Keeps

Ms. McAdams, of “Spotlight,” “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls,” talks about her competitive side and returning to a comedic role in “Game Night.”


Biathlon: Swede Nelin matches golden partner Oeberg

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sweden's Jesper Nelin has seen plenty of medals at the Pyeongchang Games, but they were mostly around the neck of his girlfriend Hanna Oeberg until he won a relay gold in the final biathlon race of the Games on Friday.

Actress is all of us when meeting Oprah

Oprah surprised the "Girls Trip" actress on "The Ellen Show," and it was hilarious.


Anger in Nigerian village as girls still missing after Boko Haram attack

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The governor of Nigeria's Yobe state told residents of the village of Dapchi in person on Thursday that 76 of their schoolgirls who were reported to have been rescued from Islamist Boko Haram kidnappers were in fact still missing.


Nigerian state governor says no missing schoolgirls rescued: residents

DAPCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The governor of the Nigerian state of Yobe on Thursday told residents of a village that no missing girls had been rescued following a Boko Haram attack, according to four of those who heard the official speak.


Nigerian Schoolgirls Are Feared Kidnapped in Boko Haram Attack

Dozens of girls are missing after the militants raided a school, raising fears they may have been taken hostage just like girls from Chibok in 2014.


Nigeria rescues 76 schoolgirls after Boko Haram attack, others missing

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.


More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday.


Garlic Girls Take Over the Olympics, and Their Hometown Is Loving It

How to explain the sudden dominance of the bespectacled South Korean women’s curling team? “It’s definitely the power of the garlic.”

Kids see themselves in 'Black Panther' heroes

Hundreds of kids from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club got a chance to see "Black Panther" before its widespread release.

Lena Dunham reveals she had a hysterectomy

Lena Dunham has talked extensively about her struggle with endometriosis, and now the former "Girls" star has revealed she underwent a hysterectomy to try and end her pain.


First person convicted for Nigeria's Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnap

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has convicted the first person to be brought to justice for the Chibok girls kidnapping, a crime that made Islamist militant group Boko Haram notorious around the world, the justice ministry said.

We need to talk about erotic art

Twenty-nine years ago, a group of anonymous feminist artists known as the Guerrilla Girls unveiled a poster that read, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female."

School tells girls they can't say no if a boy asks them to dance

Sometimes the best of intentions have unintended consequences.

Mom breaks down during trial of child's murder

The mother of an 8-year-old girl breaks down while testifying against her child's alleged killer.


Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated.

Here's why Jennifer Garner is selling Girl Scout cookies

You seriously cannot get away from Girl Scout cookies.

Watch Idris Elba pop the question

Actor Idris Elba surprised his girlfriend by popping the question while at a film screening in London.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

A Question Hangs Over a Trial: Why Did a Nanny Kill 2 Children in Her Care?

Five years after Yoselyn Ortega was charged with fatally stabbing a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, she faces trial and claims insanity.

Larry Nassar transferred to federal prison

Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, has been transferred from a Michigan facility to a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, to start a 60-year sentence for child pornography crimes, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday.

Angered by Larry Nassar's abuse, she drew the survivors. 158 of them

Sarah Dvojack was hooked on gymnastics as a year-old girl watching the 1996 Summer Olympics and she's been in love ever since.


Former Virginia Tech student convicted in 13-year-old girl's murder

(Reuters) - A former Virginia Tech student was convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old girl after telling the judge overseeing his trial that he wanted to enter a plea of no contest on Friday, a local prosecutor said.

Why mom of a child with a facial deformity fought to take down one cruel tweet

Natalie Weaver knows there aren't many little girls like her daughter Sophia.

Trolls used disabled girl's photo to advocate for abortion

The image of a 9-year-old disabled girl was used in a Twitter post about abortion. The child's mother fought Twitter to take it down.

More American teens are rejecting 'boy' or 'girl' gender identities

More teenagers are identifying themselves with nontraditional gender labels such as transgender or gender-fluid, according to a new study.

Actress: Iranian women are breaking their silence

The bravery of the women recently protesting in Iran stiffened my resolve to participate in the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles. As a decadelong advocate for women, I felt compelled to use my freedom of expression to demand theirs. Though I walked alongside people of diverse political persuasions, I felt empowered by a common purpose -- a world in which the rights of women and girls are protected and respected.


Larry Nassar Is Sentenced to Another 40 to 125 Years in Prison

The Michigan circuit court judge said the number of women and girls who had come forward to accuse Dr. Nassar of sexual abuse had risen to 265.


Philippine lawyers sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine government agency on Monday filed a lawsuit against French drugmaker Sanofi demanding compensation for the parents of a 10-year-old girl the agency said had died as a result of receiving its controversial anti-dengue vaccine.


Celebrity Kylie Jenner announces birth of baby girl

(Reuters) - U.S. reality TV star Kylie Jenner announced on Sunday the birth of her child with rapper Travis Scott, after months of rumors surrounding her pregnancy.

Kylie Jenner announces a baby girl

Kylie Jenner kept her pregnancy private, but on Sunday she shared the news of her baby's birth with the world: It's a girl!

Girl Scouts

What It May Take to Strike a Segregationist’s Name From a Georgia Bridge: Hundreds of Girl Scouts

After years of failed efforts to replace the name of Gov. Eugene Talmadge on a bridge in Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scouts have a plan to honor their founder.


Father of molested girls lunges at disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - The enraged father of three daughters who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar lunged at the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and tried to attack him during a sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom on Friday.


Father of molested girls charges disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court

(Editor's Note: Please be advised that this story contains language in fifth paragraph that may offend some readers)

Dad lunges at Nassar in court room

The father of three girls who have been abused by Larry Nassar rushes him in court.

Dating and Relationships

Romance? Not in My Backyard

For some New Yorkers, dating someone in the neighborhood is a recipe for relationship disaster. So much for marrying the boy or girl next door.

Four students wounded at LA school. Girl, 12, is in custody for 'unintentional' shooting

A 12-year-old girl remains in juvenile hall and was booked for negligent discharge of a firearm after Thursday's shooting at a Los Angeles middle school.


Texas executes man for murdering daughters in killings wife heard on phone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man who killed his two young daughters at his Dallas apartment in 2001 while the girls' mother listened on the phone and heard the fatal gunshots and her children's screams, was executed in Texas on Thursday, prisons officials said.


Girl, 12, arrested in shooting that wounds five at Los Angeles school

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Five people were wounded, including a student shot in the head, when a gun went off in a Los Angeles middle school classroom on Thursday, and a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody, police said.

Nassar's lawyer doubts he assaulted all those women and girls

Michigan Lawyer Shannon Smith is part of the defense team representing disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in two state courts.

Geyser, Morgan

Teenager in ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Gets 40 Years in Mental Hospital

The teenager, Morgan Geyser, and another girl stabbed a friend 19 times in 2014 in an effort to please the fictional character Slender Man.


Texas execution delayed for man who murdered his daughters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man who killed his two young daughters at his Dallas apartment in 2001 while the girls' mother heard the fatal gunshots and her children's screams on the telephone, had his planned execution on Thursday delayed as courts considered last-minute appeals.


Girl, 12, arrested in shooting that left five wounded at Los Angeles school

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 12-year-old girl opened fire in a Los Angeles middle-school classroom on Thursday, injuring five people including a 15 year-old-boy who was shot in the head before she was taken into custody, police said.


Two shot at Los Angeles school, girl arrested: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 12-year-old girl was taken into custody Thursday after a shooting in a Los Angeles middle-school classroom in which five people were injured, including a 15 year-old-boy who was shot in the head but expected to survive, police said.


'Traumatized and broken:' Victims of gymnastics doctor detail abuse in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Jessica Thomashow was a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Larry Nassar, Sentenced in Sexual Abuse Case, Heads Back to Court

The former doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics and a Michigan State University clinic faces sentencing for similar crimes against three girls in another case.


Texas inmate executed for murder of ex-girlfriend

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Dallas man who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999 while he was out on parole was executed on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal, prison officials said.

Dying teen marries high school sweetheart

19-year-old Dustin Synder only has a few weeks to live, and his dying wish was to marry his girlfriend.


Canadian gymnastics coach charged with sexual assault

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Tuesday that they charged a Toronto-area gymnastics instructor with sexual assault and other offences against a teenage girl who he was coaching.

Sex Crimes

Anguish in New Delhi at Rape of an 8-Month-Old Girl

The infant was hospitalized in the Indian capital after she was raped, the police said. A cousin who was babysitting her has been arrested.


Texas set to execute man for murdering ex-girlfriend while on parole

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans on Tuesday to execute a Dallas man who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999 while he was out on parole after serving prison time for killing his wife in 1986.

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Girl Vanishes. But in This Novel, Time Is the Real Mystery.

Jon McGregor’s “Reservoir 13” looks beneath the surface of ordinary lives over the course of a dozen-plus years.

This country has millions of 'unwanted' girls

India's preference for sons over daughters has led to the birth of millions of "unwanted" girls, according to a new report by the Indian government.

A girl gets married every 2 seconds somewhere

In 2018, child marriage remains a problem worldwide. Consider that each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18, according to Girls Not Brides, a global partnership committed to ending such marriages.

Synchronized Swimming

Jamaica Has Never Had Olympic Synchronized Swimmers. These Girls Want to Change That.

Meet Ajoni, Katana, Joydayne, Laila, and Nyouka: the girl squad that makes up the Island Aquatics Synchro Club.


Japan's cryptocurrency girl band stays loyal to virtual money after cyber heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Members of a Japanese girl pop group, the Virtual Currency Girls, said on Monday they had refused an offer to be paid in yen and would stay loyal to cryptocurrencies despite a $530 million cyber heist jeopardizing their chances of getting paid.

University that employed Nassar to be scoured for abuse

A special prosecutor will investigate Michigan State University "from the president's office down" over how former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar could have sexually abused girls and young women for nearly 20 years without university action, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Saturday.

They seemed strange, but no one suspected child torture

Nearly two weeks after an emaciated 17-year-old girl called police to tell them her siblings were being held captive by their own parents, the Turpin family still has the world's attention.

The fallout from Larry Nassar's sexual abuse is just beginning

When dusk falls Friday on Michigan State University, some students will try to keep the light shining on Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of scores of girls and young women -- and the school's role in it.


Illinois judge denies transgender student unrestricted locker room access

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Thursday denied a Chicago-area transgender student's demand to use the girls' locker room at a local high school without being restricted to a private changing area inside the locker room.