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By Catherine Price
Published January 10, 2007 1:10AM (EST)

The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs: Women for Women International, a humanitarian group that provides microloans and direct assistance to women in war-ravaged countries, has won the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. It's the first time the prize -- $1.5 million, the largest of its kind -- has been given to a women's organization and Zainab Salbi, the group's president and founder, has a right to be proud. Since its founding in 1993, "the organization has distributed more than $28 million in direct aid and microcredit loans, and helped 30,000 women every day, benefiting 5.3 million family and community members."

Newswire.co.nz: Three women in East Timor were killed and burned in their homes on Saturday after being accused of being witches. Sometimes you have to wonder what century we live in.

The Toronto Star: A woman in Vancouver reportedly gave birth to sextuplets over the weekend, each of which weighed just 1.8 pounds. Not too much of a political point here -- rather, just a bit of pre-emptive empathy for the mother, on behalf of Salon's female readership, in the case that she decides to breast-feed.

Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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