US cuddle shop offers hugs and back rubs for the sad and lonely

One-Minute Read Thu 20 Nov, AT 12:03

Professional cuddler provides services to ease loneliness and depression at $60 per hour

Woman has her face painted to become Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)

Black Pete: harmless tradition or racist throwback?

Talking Point Mon 17 Nov, AT 15:21

Protests erupt in the Netherlands as critics say the controversial Christmas character Black Pete should be banned

View of the Church of England's General Synod

Women bishops: Church of England to approve law

One-Minute Read Mon 17 Nov, AT 09:54

Historic vote is a positive step towards equality and 'changing the culture of the church', say campaigners

Is this the most offensive and sexist song of 2014?

First Reaction Tue 11 Nov, AT 14:52

Music video that tells women to 'shut the f*** up' is misogynistic and promotes rape culture, say critics

How far-right Britain First has 'hijacked' remembrance poppy

First Reaction Mon 10 Nov, AT 15:50

Royal British Legion vows to 'take action' against the far-right party for misusing the red poppy symbol

Iranian woman and her do in Tehran

Dog owners in Iran could be punished with 74 lashes

One-Minute Read Fri 7 Nov, AT 14:54

Pets could be confiscated under a tough new law to combat the 'invasion' of Western culture

Fury as Starbucks bans engagement rings and 'unnatural' hair

One-Minute Read Thu 6 Nov, AT 13:31

New health and safety rules prohibit employees from wearing nail polish and having brightly coloured hair

Woman harassed 100 times in one day in NYC – video

Video Wed 29 Oct, AT 16:28

Campaign video designed to raise awareness of street harassment goes viral as actress receives rape and death threats

Global Gender Gap: four lessons from this year's report

Summary Tue 28 Oct, AT 15:17

Britain drops down the international equality league as Rwanda breaks into the top ten

An Amercian airport worker

'Ebola racism': how the world is discriminating against Africans

Summary Fri 24 Oct, AT 14:14

From schools to borders, 'hysteria' surrounding the Ebola virus is leading some to shun contact with Africans

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