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A town in southwestern Colombia is trying to clamp down on catcalling — "piropos' (compliments) as they're known locally — that is all too common in a country long plagued by machismo.

In a rare public move against sexist behavior, the mayor's office in Timbío, in the department of Cauca, recently issued a "non-binding" decree that prohibits public sector workers from calling out to women on the street, the Bogotá daily El Espectador reports. The measure was passed on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. "They must eliminate from their daily habits expressions that allude to the bodies, clothing or movements of women," it reads.

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In Armenia, demonstraters gathered Wednesday night to protest

Emma Albright and Meike Eijsberg

👋 Sannu!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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