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  • Kate Barry, Jane Birkin’s daughter, dies in Paris

    December 12, 2013 10:53 AM 46

    Barry’s photos were featured in British Vogue and the Sunday Times magazine, and were recently on exhibition in Paris. “I chose a profession that shows,” she told the French newspaper Liberation in 2012. “As a child, I was photographed a lot. That must have left an impression.” After her own earlier struggle with drugs and alcohol, Barry founded an addiction

  • Iran commander criticizes government over influence from West

    December 12, 2013 3:12 AM 48

    DUBAI (Reuters) - The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force has criticized the government of President Hassan Rouhani as being under the influence of Western ideas, a sign of the growing tensions between the competing power centers. Major General Mohammad Jafari's comments are some of the sharpest to be made by a senior official in public

  • Australia's high court rejects law allowing same-sex marriage

    December 12, 2013 2:31 AM 55

    SYDNEY, Australia -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian

  • India top court says gay sex illegal

    December 11, 2013 5:42 AM 40

    India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights. The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts. According to Section 377, a 148-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year

  • International writers’ appeal: A stand for democracy in the digital age

    December 11, 2013 5:11 AM 248

    In recent months the extent of mass surveillance has become common knowledge. With a few clicks of the mouse the state can access your mobile device, your e-mail, your social networking and internet searches. It can follow your political leanings and activities and in partnership with internet corporations, it collects and stores your data and thus can predict

  • Congressional negotiators agree to restore $65 billion in cuts in rare show of bipartisanship

    December 11, 2013 12:19 AM 57

    WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $65 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses by week’s end. Officials said the increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget

  • Bipartisan Negotiators Unveil Budget To Avoid January Shutdown

    December 10, 2013 11:59 PM 44

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a proposed spending plan at the Capitol on Tuesday. (AP) Congressional negotiators announced Tuesday that they'd reached a budget proposal to restore about $65 billion worth of sequestration cuts in exchange for cuts elsewhere and additional

  • Pictured: The moment Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro as he takes the stage at Mandela's memorial service

    December 10, 2013 12:35 PM 47

    President Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, an unprecedented gesture of friendship which occurred fittingly at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela today. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on the former South African President's legacy of reconciliation

  • The giant arena in Mandela's back yard that will house the biggest funeral in history: Preparations begin as world leaders head to South Africa for historic event

    December 9, 2013 6:43 PM 60

    A giant arena is being built in view of Nelson Mandela's home to stage the biggest funeral in South Africa's history for him. Final preparations are being made before more than 70 world leaders fly in this week to attend a series of events to mark the extraordinary life of one of humanity's great peacemakers. They include Cuban leader Raul Castro and Zimbabwe's

  • Russia news agency appoints controversial leader

    December 9, 2013 10:12 AM 30

    Best news photos of the week The Russian TV anchor has been known for his controversial and conservative views. In one August episode of his show, he said he believed that the organs of homosexuals were not fit for transplants, and should be burned. The decree, which effectively transferred all property of RIA Novosti to Russia Today, was effective immediately