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Stories of women in the news who have done exceptional things or made headlines around the world.

The Journey of Recycled Plastic — Where Does Your Bottle Go?
    What happens to your water bottle once you've drained it.

Playing with the Boys — and Winning!
    How to beat men at their own game.

Weird Sex Stories from Around the World
    You'll never believe these world sex practices. Pole dancing at 7? Suing for giving STD's? Find out what countries have weird sex practices.

The United States of Anxiety
    It's the most common mental illness in America. One worrywart stares down her (and our) tendency to fret.

A Better Way to Spend 25 Bucks
    Relief for Cyclone Sidr

The Smartest Woman in America
    Lanky and lean in a charcoal suit, Samantha Power, 37

Win a Trip to Uganda and Rwanda!
    United Nations Population Fund's second annual Student Award for the Health and Dignity of Women

Fatima Hassan Wins Americans for UNFPA Student Award
    Fatima Hassan, a Stanford University junior, wins the 2008 Americans for UNFPA Student Award for the Health and Dignity of Women.

Lash Report: Put the Whip Away
    The practice of publicly flogging lawbreakers is having a moment around the globev

Green as a Thistle
    Support two causes with eco-friendly beauty

2 Days in Paris

The Case of the Abortion Pill-Spiked Smoothie
    One night last fall in Appleton, WI, businessman Manishkumar Patel took his pregnant mistress, Dr. Darshana Patel (no relation), to Baskin-Robbins. Watching from the car, she could see him in the store, frantically stirring something into her smoothi

The New Waco, TX "Messiah"
    The daughter of the new WACO "MESSIAH" talks with us — as her mom listens in.

10 Best Romantic Places in Paris
    2. The Pont des Arts As countless films have proven, the Seine is the perfect backdrop to any romantic Parisian rendezvous. The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge over the river, offers a picturesque view of Île de la Cité and

Lost Girls of the Jungle
    Teenage girls are grabbing guns and joining the outlawed New People's Army in the Philippines. Here, a rare glimpse at their secret lives.

CHARITY: Do Sweat It
    For every hour you work out starting now, author, former businessman, and triathlete Eric Harr will donate $5 to CARE.

When the Suicide Bomber Is a Woman Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    A female suicide bomber tells her story.

Where the Girls Are...
    When a strict code of dress prevails, how’s a girl supposed to kick up her heels?

Who's the Sexiest of Them All? Pages: 2
    Political Poll: With an election looming, voters focus on what's really important.

Who Will Define America's Future?
    On the following pages-against the backdrop of our capital and dresses in the best of American fashion-are some of the dreamers, the doers, the planners, and the big-picture thinkers who will define America's tomorrow.

Why Aren't You Running for Office?
    Women in American politics have never been more prominent -- yet the view from the visitors' gallery in the Capitol is still a sea of men's suits.

The FBI's Most Wanted Woman
    Aafia Siddiqui is accused of carrying mysterious liquids, notes referring to a "mass casualty attack," and a listing of U.S. landmarks. But the shadowy details of her case have inspired protests around the world.

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Mother Pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Why did my mom love Stoli more than me? After 30 years of disappointments and accusations, I picked up the phone to find out.

Born into the Japanese Mob Pages: 2 3 4
    Born into Japan's most notorious crime syndicate, Shoko Tendo is struggling to break free of her violent legacy. Marie Claire's Abigail Haworth met the marked woman in Tokyo.

Get into the Holiday Spirit
    9 Things We Won't Ask You to Do in the Holiday Spirit

Blame Game: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Pages: 2 3
    Ever since her daughter went missing, Kate McCann has been accused of everything from bad mothering to murder. She's not the first mom to come under such fire. Why do we always suspect the worst?

Craigslist Has Lost Its Innocence
    Craigslist, we thought we knew you. Your communal, hippie vibe and San Francisco roots made us feel like we could open our door to the stranger coming over to buy our old Ikea futon. But then the head of the Seattle Police Department's vice unit call

The Best Boutique in Town

29 Days of Beatings, Torture, and Confinement Pages: 2
    In 2001, 20-year-old Iranian Zarah Ghahramani spent 29 days in Tehran's Evin prison for participating in student protests against her country's fundamentalist government. In her new book, "My Life as a Traitor," she describes beatings, tort

5 Myths About the Election — Busted
    Think you’ve got the election all figured out? Brace yourself. Political expert MELINDA HENNEBERGER, author of If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, sets the record straight.

American Politics: The World View Pages: 2 3
    Women around the globe get brutally honest about our next election - and the United States.

Patti Solis Doyle: The Woman Behind Hillary Clinton Pages: 2
    Patti Solis Doyle is Hillary Clinton's campaign manager -- the first Latina to run a presidential campaign.

Katie Levinson: The Woman Behind Rudy Giuliani Pages: 2
    As communications director for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, Katie Levinson has to be prepared for anything.

Election '08: The Lowdown

Why I Ran for Office Pages: 2 3 4
    We asked female political leaders around the country what inspired them to run.

Women on Top
    Female leaders around the world.

Spousal Arousal
    Candidates’ public displays of affection.

From Mutilation to Salvation Pages: 2 3 4 5 6
    Millions of young women around the globe are still being subjected to a shockingly primitive surgery that leads to lifelong health problems - if not death. But in a faraway corner of Kenya, one survivor is fighting for change.

Christina Aguilera Countdown — Get a Coupon for the Issue!
    Pregnant Christina Aguilera in the January issue of Marie Claire.

In Defense of Katie Couric
    Newswoman GRETA VAN SUSTEREN attacks Katie Couric's critics and says to give her a break.

The Secret Night School
    After a day working in the fields, these Indian children get their one, clandestine chance at an education.

The Last Shangri-La
    Our fashion shoot mesmerized the locals in Bhutan, where isolation has preserved a gentle culture, far from the modern world.

Make a Change Every Day

Bible Study: A Week of Living Biblically Pages: 2 3 4
    Living by the bible. Could you give up gossip, designer clothes, and makeup for a week to be a better person? Cleo Glyde gives it a try.

Beauty and Her Purpose: Miss Ghana Pages: 2 3 4
    Lamisi Mbillah - Miss Ghana 2006 - sat on a red wicker sofa with an air of patience and fortitude. At first glance, it was hard to imagine her holding crying children while doctors extracted Guinea Worms from their distended bellies; but as soon as

How the World Eats Pages: 2 3 4 5
    American women have one of the highest rates of obesity on the planet. What can we learn about healthy eating from the rest of the world? We asked five women to tell us how they manage their meals. See what could work for you.

It Job: Jaguar Tagger
    In a Central American jungle, Mexican conservationist Dalia Amor-Conde, 33, makes her living by tagging jaguars and building an impossibly exotic resume.

The Kite Makers of Kabul
    When Hollywood comes to town, Afghanistan's only female kite makers work overtime.

Mixed Race: America's Fastest Growing Population Pages: 2
    In 2000, when the government first allowed people to identify themselves as more than one race on the U.S. Census, the results revealed that there were nearly 7 million multiracial people living in the country.

Skin: The New Status Symbol
    Has the West's fixation with tanning finally challenged the East's centuries-old belief that pale skin is synonymous with high social standing?

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