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Indian transgender runs for parliament

With a tight budget and a humble autorickshaw, a pioneering Indian transgender is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in India’s parliament, just days after the country’s highest court recognized “third gender” people. Describing the Indian Supreme Court judge’s ruling as a “milestone,” 53-year-oldFULL STORY

Power struggle leaves Pakistanis in the dark

The miseries of summer have come early for Pakistanis living in towns where people have grown used to getting their electricity for free. As the government gets tough on electricity thieves, scores of towns in the impoverished provinces have been hit by power cuts weeksFULL STORY

Freed journalists arrive home

Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria arrived in France yesterday, a day after they were freed from 10 months in captivity in the world’s most dangerous country for the media. A plane carrying Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres from Turkey touchedFULL STORY

FEATURE: Philippine carvings threatened

On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to be 5,000 years old are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings depicting people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation’s oldestFULL STORY

Experts say that jihadist infighting limited action

Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. While senior leaders of al-Qaeda were all but above question under founder Osama binFULL STORY

Prison guards in Iran accused of excessive force by opposition

Iranian guards and intelligence officials have used unprecedented levels of violence against political inmates in one of the country’s most notorious prisons, Iranian opposition leaders said on Friday. Kaleme, a news Web site close to opposition leader and former Iranian Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, hasFULL STORY

Israeli police arrest 16 Palestinians at mosque

Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians yesterday as they clashed with demonstrators at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions. “This morning, after the site was opened for visitors and tourists, the suspects threw rocks at theFULL STORY

Ukraine blasts anti-Jewish leaflets

Ukraine’s prime minister voiced outrage at reports that masked men in east Ukraine’s main city handed out leaflets demanding Jews register or be expelled, NBC News reported on Saturday. Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said onFULL STORY

N Ireland paramilitary figure shot dead: police

A former leading figure in the Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) dissident republican paramilitary group has been shot dead, Northern Irish police said on Saturday. Tommy Crossan, 43, once the Belfast leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) splinter group, was shot several times on FridayFULL STORY

Queries about the ‘little green men’ in Ukraine

The expertly armed, masked men in matching camouflage stripped of all insignia are tough, taciturn and tactically devastating. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, they are not — absolutely, categorically not — elite Russian special forces. So who are the members of this mysterious military orFULL STORY

South Sudan on the brink of collapse as war rages

When not plotting military strategy to seize South Sudan’s crucial oil fields, former South Sudanese vice president-turned-rebel leader Riek Machar spends time reading the economic and political history Why Nations Fail. Cynics might argue he would do better to simply look around his basic bush camp,FULL STORY

US weighs military exercises in Europe

The US is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said on Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia’s buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation lastFULL STORY

Cuba’s condom shortage raises fears over crisis

From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset residents of the Caribbean island nation andFULL STORY

ANALYSIS: China’s shadow looms over US president’s Asian trip

US President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour this week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy. US China policy has been based for two decades onFULL STORY

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate’s twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in theFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

PAKISTAN Talk show host shot Police say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack on Saturday near Karachi’sFULL STORY

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