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LES NOUVELLES NEWS (France)

PARIS - The women's semifinals were held Thursday at Roland Garros, an opportunity for some of the world's best female athletes to shine. Yet the French Open organizers decided to turn centre court's signature clay surface... pink! Sinking deeper in old clichés, the tennis officials set up a special "women's village" which offered manicures and hairdressing, the website Les Nouvelles News reports.

This choice faced the wrath of many - both men and women - on Twitter. "Ridiculous! Soon the racket will be replaced by a broom," said one man. "Pink clay for women's semifinals? They'd better play fast, dishes are waiting," a second added.

One woman summed it up this way: "I can only conclude that today is the French Cliché Day."

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Mahsa Amini, Martyr Of An Iranian Regime Designed To Abuse Women

The 22-year-old is believed to have been beaten to death at a Tehran police station last week after "morality police" had reprimanded her clothing. The case has sparked the nation's outrage. But as ordinary Iranians testify, such beatings, torture and a home brand of misogyny are hallmarks of the 40-year Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mahsa Amini

Firouzeh Nordstrom

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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