India grapples with legality of same-sex marriage

Ayesha (name changed), who identifies as bisexual, lives with her girlfriend in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru. "My mother knows about my relationship, but my father doesn't,&qu...

Estonian president slams interior minister over homophobic interview

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid heavily criticized Interior Minister Mart Helme on Saturday over homophobic comments Helme made in a Deutsche Welle interview. Helme told DW's Russian service ...

First lady lashes out at reports about friend who tell-all

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Melania Trump lashed out Friday at “self-serving adults” for focusing on her falling out with a friend and adviser, writing that the attention paid to “salacious claims” about the b...

With a hug, Feinstein draws liberal critics at court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the hug that may define — or doom — a long Senate career. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California embraced Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham at the close...

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, ...

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, ...

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

TOKYO (AP) — Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 14 The Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts, on how the U.S. Supreme...

Play about the Constitution streams in time for Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Most playwrights want their works to remain relevant for decades to come. Not Heidi Schreck, not with “What the Constitution Means to Me.” “I often say that I can’t w...

After outrage, Indian brand pulls ad with interfaith couple

NEW DELHI (AP) — The advertisement by the popular Indian jewelry brand featured a Muslim man and his Hindu wife preparing for a Hindu-style baby shower. Its tagline read: “A beautiful confluence of tw...

Gruesome rape in India’s Hathras reveals the plight of lower castes

Mallika* returned to her parents' house earlier this year after being abused by her husband Amar*, who belongs to a higher caste, for over a month. "He used to rape me every day. He force...

Dems, GOP stretch for hard-to-get districts in House races

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a rustic Virginia district that bounced its Republican congressman after he officiated a same-sex wedding, the battle to replace him pits a self-described “biblical cons...

Video shows shirtless New York judge shove police officer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police body camera video shows a shirtless New York Supreme Court justice shove a Buffalo police officer who was putting handcuffs on his wife during an argument with neighbors. ...

Takeaways: Barrett is reticent as Dems focus on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced her first day’s worth of questions Tuesday from Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it was a calmer affair ...

Indian jewelry brand removes ad on Hindu-Muslim unity after public backlash

On Tuesday, Tanishq, one of India's top jewelry brands, removed a short advertisement film which was released as part of its "Ekatvam" (Oneness) campaign, after a public backlash. The a...