World Briefs: Over 1 in 4 countries has sexist laws: Study

Over 1 in 4 countries has sexist laws: Study

NEW YORK • More than aquarter of the world's nations have sexist laws on nationality, such as stripping women of citizenship if they marry foreigners, that can deprive women of access to jobs, education and other benefits available to men, a new study says.

The report, released yesterday by international human rights group Equality Now, found 53 countries with discriminatory laws, 20 of them in sub-Saharan Africa and 16 in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Iran arrests 100 over Saudi embassy attack

TEHERAN • Iran hasarrested around 100 people over an attack on Saudi Arabia's embassy that led to Riyadh cutting diplomatic ties with Teheran, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie was quoted as saying by Irna news agency on Sunday.

The Saudi embassy in Teheran and consulatein Mashhad were attacked on Jan 2 in protestsagainst the execution ofa cleric from Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite minority.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe