IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France on Monday over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career.

Lagarde denies the charges of negligence, arguing she was acting “in the state’s interest” in making the payment to Bernard Tapie, the former owner of sportswear giant Adidas and Olympique Marseille football club.

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Saudi police detained a young woman for violating modesty rules after she removed her abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes women are required to wear, on a main street in the capital Riyadh, local media reported on Monday.

The conservative Muslim country enforces a strict dress code for women in public, bans them from driving and prohibits the mixing of sexes.

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Time For Truth: (Reuters) – Saudi police detain young woman for removing abaya - media

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An Indonesian woman screamed in agony Monday as she was caned in Aceh, the latest in a growing number of women to be publicly flogged for breaking the province’s strict Islamic laws.

Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes sharia law. People can face floggings for a range of offences — from gambling, to drinking alcohol, to gay sex.

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Time For Truth: (Yahoo News) – Indonesian woman flogged for close proximity with a man

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Women from crisis-hit Venezuela are crossing the border in droves and selling their hair in a Colombian border town in order to afford scarce basic necessities such as food, diapers or medicines.

The trend, which has taken off in recent weeks, is another sign of the oil-rich country’s deepening crisis amid shortages and spiraling inflation that have millions skipping meals and forgoing costly medical treatment.

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Time For Truth: (Reuters) – Venezuelan women flock to Colombia border town to sell hair

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Whenever political correctness goes too far, the Swedish seem to be close by, egging it on and encouraging it to go further. Take “mansplaining”. Last week, a Swedish union set up a mansplaining hotline, enabling office staff to report and discuss instances of mansplaining in the workplace. This being Scandinavia, it is an equal-opportunity mansplaining hotline; men and women have equal access to its services. A quick reminder, by the way, if you are confused as to what mansplaining means: there is hard mansplaining and soft mansplaining but, basically, mansplaining means mansplaining. Well, actually, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. Probably best that you get a man ’splain it to you.

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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – Now we’ve got a mansplaining hotline, what other modern problems could technology fix?

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