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Pervasive preference for baby boys over girls prevails among parents in India

Worries about the age-old bias favoring male children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro updates a story he did a dozen years ago about the skewed sex ratio of children born in India. It’s another in our Agents of Change series. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: For some months…  …

Senate retirements could be crucial in upcoming battle for political control on Capitol Hill

Montana Democrat Max Baucus surprised Capitol Hill by announcing he will not seek reelection when his term ends next year. That makes him the eighth senator, and the sixth Democrat, to step aside. The two Republicans…  …

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladesh’s garment workers walk out in protest over factory deaths

Hundreds of thousands of garment workers walked out of their factories in Bangladesh Thursday, police said, to protest the deaths of 200 people in a building collapse, in the latest tragedy to hit the sector. Grief turned to anger as the workers, some carrying sticks, blockaded key highways in at…

Release of ‘Midnight’s Children’ film adaptation brings closure for Fatwa-free author Salman Rushdie

Three decades after “Midnight’s Children” catapulted Salman Rushdie to literary glory, a film of the novel feels like “closing the circle” after his dark years in hiding, he says. But while fatwa-free life is now “pretty good,” he admitted there are occasional “slippages” — including during a trip last year…

Twitter security questioned after Associated Press account hack shook Wall Street

A hijacked Associated Press Twitter account that rattled markets with false word of an attack on the White House put the security of social media in the crosshairs Wednesday. The stock market rebounded from the nosedive triggered Tuesday by the bogus tweet and the AP posted a message on Twitter…

George W. Bush seeks vindication with new presidential library and museum

George W. Bush says he will be long gone when posterity delivers a final verdict on his tumultuous presidency. But he will give history a shove in Dallas on Thursday when he opens his presidential library, showcasing his self-image as a leader of a land under attack who made tough…

Number of Americans engaging in political discourse on social networking sites on the rise: Pew

A Pew Research Center report indicated that online social networks have become political hotspots in the United States. Approximately 39 percent of US adults engaged in political activity in Internet communities during the 2012 US presidential campaign, according to a Pew report titled Civic Engagement in the Digital Age released…

Russian spaceship carrying oxygen and fresh fuel may fail to dock with International Space Station

An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying 2.5 tonnes of cargo may be unable to properly dock with the International Space Station after its navigation antenna failed to properly deploy, Interfax said on Thursday. The news agency report cited a Russian space industry source as saying that the Progress cargo carrier may…

England prepares to vaccinate a million children as measles cases surge

England aims to inject a million youngsters with measles vaccine following a surge in cases of the potentially fatal disease, public health authorities said Thursday. The rise in cases appears to be due to a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s when fears over a discredited link between…

Afghan policewomen face assault and sexual harassment: Human Rights Watch

An international rights group called Thursday for Afghan authorities to provide separate toilets and changing rooms at police stations for women officers, saying they face harassment and assault at work. Addressing the concerns of policewomen is necessary to address the “rampant violence” against women in wider Afghan society, said Human…

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