Breaking News Headlines: Afghan Women Suffer Setback as Parliament Lowers Quota for Female Lawmakers

Afghanistan's parliament passed a law this week lowering the proportion of provincial council seats reserved for women, the latest in a string of setbacks for the country's women. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke weighed into the contentious debate over the future of the housing finance system, saying some sort of backstop for mortgages was needed to protect the financial system in times of stress Panasonic Corp , its affiliate Sanyo Electric Co Ltd and LG Chem Ltd agreed to plead guilty to separate price-fixing allegations involving automotive parts and battery cells, the U.S. Justice Department says.
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