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Karzai backs strict guidelines for women

KABUL - Afghanistan’s president endorsed a “code of conduct’’ on Tuesday issued by an influential council of clerics, guidelines that activists say represent a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.

President Hamid Karzai’s remarks Tuesday backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban.

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