An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday. A spokesperson for the Taliban said that the woman was “a spy for the Americans,” according to Reuters. According to BBC News, after shooting the woman, the assassins abducted her brother and her father.
The Taliban have pledged to derail the parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of September in Afghanistan. Last month, suspected Taliban militants wounded a female election worker when they stormed a voter registration office and fired into the air, according to Reuters.
5/20/2013 Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament - On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament. . . .
5/20/2013 Walmart, American Retailers Refuse to Join Bangladesh Accord - Walmart, along with 13 other major North American companies, refused to sign a legally binding agreement to improve working conditions for overseas factory workers that manufacture their clothes after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing an estimated 1300 workers, the New York Times reports.
The agreement requires retailers pay $500,000 to improve worker safety measures over a five year period. . . .