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Friday, March 24, 2006

A Day in the Life of Women Around the Globe (Thursday)

A woman practices on a violin at Beijing's Drum Tower Thursday March 23, 2006. In the background is the city's Bell Tower. Drums were beaten and bells tolled in the towers in ancient times to mark time. The woman is employed to beat drums in a demonstration for tourists in the tower every half hour, and fills the time in between by practicing on her violin. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Aids activists and women's rights advocates demonstrate outside the high court in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 23, 2006. A 31-year-old woman alleges former Deputy President Jacob Zuma raped her in the guest bedroom, while Zuma says they had consensual sex in his bedroom. During Thursday's brief proceedings, Zuma's advocate Kemp J Kemp told Judge Willem van der Merwe that he intended applying for Zuma's discharge on the rape count. The trial resumes on Monday, March 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Newly-appointed Syrian Vice President Najah al-Attar gestures in her office in Damascus March 23, 2006. Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday appointed the former culture minister as a second vice president, the official news agency SANA reported. Attar is the first woman to hold such a high position in Syria. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)

An Iraqi woman cries as she arrives at a local hospital to check the whereabouts of her daughters, who were killed in a suicide car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

A Bolivian woman carries a model of a cruise ship during celebrations of 127th anniversary of War of Pacific in which Bolivia lost its coastal access to neighbor Chile.The government of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday it wants to renew diplomatic relations with Bolivia, but not if its South American neighbor insists on first resolving its long-standing demand for access to the Pacific Ocean. The officer aside is unidentified. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)

Ecuadorean indian woman covers her face from tear gas as she walks on a blockaded road during protests against Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in San Pablo, north of Quito, March 23, 2006. (Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

Protesters shout slogans as they march towards the Justice Department in Manila Friday March 24, 2006 to protest the alleged pre-judging by the judicial branch in favor of the four US Marines accused in the alleged rape of a Filipino woman last November 1, 2005. The protest was held a day after the judge assigned to hear the case inhibited himself following a motion by the prosecution claiming a link between the defense lawyers and the judge. (AP Photo /Bullit Marquez)

A Chinese vendor sleeps beside a hencoop filled with chickens in a market in Shanghai March 24, 2006. A woman may have died of bird flu virus in the first such case in Shanghai, the city's health bureau said Thursday. (REUTERS/China Daily)

Han Myung-sook, center, is congraturated by other unidentified lawmakers following her nomination as new prime minister at a press conference at National Assembly in Seoul, Friday, March 24, 2006. South Korea's president on Friday nominated former Environment Minister Han Myung-sook to be prime minister, setting the stage for her to become the first woman to hold the government's No. 2 spot. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


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