World News

Raúl Castro’s daughter first lawmaker to vote ‘no’ in Cuban parliament

Raúl Castro’s daughter first lawmaker to vote ‘no’ in Cuban parliament

Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raúl Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, has given an unprecedented “no” vote in the Cuban parliament to a workers’ rights bill she felt didn’t go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
UK: David Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures to MPs

UK: David Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures to MPs

New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects’ passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to the UK, David Cameron has said. It was “abhorrent” British citizens had “declared their allegiance” to groups like Islamic State, he told MPs. He said the inability to stop UK terrorists returning home from overseas was “a gap in […]

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
James Foley executioner said identified as British rapper

James Foley executioner said identified as British rapper

British and American intelligence services have identified the man suspected of beheading US journalist James Foley as a UK citizen who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, the Sunday Times reported.

By August 24, 2014 Read More →

National News

Detroit on track to exit bankruptcy in record time

Detroit on track to exit bankruptcy in record time

It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom, but the path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police wear cameras

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police wear cameras

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun using body cameras, three weeks after a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. The death of Michael Brown, 18, led to weeks of often violent protests between local residents and the police. Differing accounts of what happened before Mr Brown was shot led to calls for […]

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown

Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown

Rioting over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer has erupted in Missouri, police say. People looted shops, vandalised cars and stores, and set a building alight on Sunday as police tried to block off access to several areas of St Louis. Police say Michael Brown, 18, was shot on Saturday […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →

Community News

Crimea does not need gay people, says top official

Crimea does not need gay people, says top official

Crimea’s most senior official has said sexual minorities “have no chance” on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

In a bold legal move, gay marriage advocates are urging the US supreme court in three pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Non-Jewish partners in gay marriage are now entitled to become Israeli citizens

Non-Jewish partners in gay marriage are now entitled to become Israeli citizens

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar instructed the Population and Immigration Authority and the Jewish Agency to grant Israeli citizenship to the spouse of any Jew, regardless of the sexual orientation of the couple.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →

Life & Society

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

KANDOPLEU/ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – The nurse carefully packs the body into a plastic bag and then leaves the isolation tent, rinsing his feet in a bucket of water that contains bleach. Then he carefully takes off his safety glasses, gloves and mask and burns them in a jerry can.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Ebola crisis: Liberian troops impose slum quarantine

Ebola crisis: Liberian troops impose slum quarantine

Security forces in Liberia’s capital have deployed to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia in order to contain the spread of Ebola. The isolation of West Point and a countrywide night-time curfew are the latest anti-Ebola measures to be ordered by the president.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
WHO: Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs

WHO: Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths – more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The statement was made after its medical experts […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →

Sports News

NFL Teams Demur On Michael Sam, After Rams Cut Him

NFL Teams Demur On Michael Sam, After Rams Cut Him

When the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam last spring, it was widely seen as an historic moment, as the young defensive end would become the first openly gay athlete playing for an NFL team.

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Women’s Football Struggles for Equal Rights In Uganda

Women’s Football Struggles for Equal Rights In Uganda

Growing up with five brothers, soccer-mad Majidah Nantanda had half a team to compete against at home in Makindye, a suburb in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. But at her school, in the 1990s, there were two sports rules: “Netball for the girls and football for the boys,” recalls the 32-year-old, as she stands on the sidelines of a boy’s game in Makindye.

By August 24, 2014 Read More →
Star soccer player dies in Algeria after being hit by object from crowd

Star soccer player dies in Algeria after being hit by object from crowd

Cameroonian Albert Ebosse has died after being hit by an object thrown by spectators following a game in Algeria. Ebosse, who was 24, was declared dead after being taken to hospital in Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers. The JS Kabylie striker, who had scored in a 2-1 home defeat by USM Alger, was […]

By August 24, 2014 Read More →

Entertainment News

Hard to Get

Hard to Get

New South African movie Hard to Get, a love story set in Johannesburg’s crime underworld, opened the 35th Durban International Film Festival.

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
Joan Rivers Critical After Surgery Mishap

Joan Rivers Critical After Surgery Mishap

By Nathan James Joan Rivers, the grande doyenne of American stand-up comedy, has been placed on the critical list at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering “full cardiac and respiratory arrest” during minor throat surgery at an E. 93rd Street clinic, FDNY and family sources confirmed this morning. Rivers, 81, is the star […]

By August 28, 2014 Read More →
Vietnam Uses Rap to Capture Young Audience

Vietnam Uses Rap to Capture Young Audience

“Rappers Vo Viet Phuong, 25, and Nguyen Trong Duc, 27, record the latest edition of Rap News Plus at Vietnam News Agency’s television studio in central Hanoi, Vietnam, July 15, 2014. (VOA/Marianne Brown) By Marianne Brown HANOI — Despite government controls, the Vietnamese media industry is evolving as it faces growing competition from digital content. […]

By August 1, 2014 Read More →

Other Articles

New York Labor Agency Announces LGBT Youth Job Fair

New York Labor Agency Announces LGBT Youth Job Fair

By Nathan James Responding to the needs of young LGBT people aged 16 to 24, the New York State Labor Department has announced a special Job Fair next month, at New York City’s LGBT Community Center. Governor Cuomo’s Special Assistant for Community Affairs, Erik Bottcher, noted that this day-long event, which includes workshops and seminars […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →
Macy’s settles racial profiling allegations from shoppers

Macy’s settles racial profiling allegations from shoppers

Macy’s is to pay $650,000 (£390,000) to settle claims it racially profiled and detained ethnic minority shoppers at its flagship Manhattan shop. Under a deal with New York’s attorney-general Macy’s agreed to a series of changes at its 42 stores across the state. Staff at Macy’s, one of US retailing’s big names, were said to […]

By August 23, 2014 Read More →
US clothing store Gap to set up in India

US clothing store Gap to set up in India

US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and it will launch the first two stores early next year. Gap’s first two outlets will be in Mumbai and the capital Delhi – India’s biggest and busiest cities. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a […]

By August 23, 2014 Read More →