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Anger as Indian minister calls homosexuality ‘disease’

Indian gay rights activists voiced shock and outrage Tuesday over public comments by the health minister that homosexuality was a “disease” brought to the country by foreigners. Speaking at a national meeting Monday of district and mayoral leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that homosexuality was…

Fresh rape attempt charge hits Strauss-Kahn

A fresh attempted rape suit against former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn threatened Tuesday to wreck his hopes of returning to frontline French politics if acquitted at his New York trial. Tristane Banon, 32, planned to lodge “a complaint for attempted rape” around eight years ago against Strauss-Kahn with French prosecutors…

Pro-Palestinian activists plan to flood Israeli airport

JERUSALEM — Israel was making intense preparations on Monday to foil plans by hundreds of activists to flood Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport on Friday in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to coordinate all law enforcement and…

LulzSec hacker: ‘There’s no going back’

In an exclusive interview published on Monday by New Scientist, a key member of the notorious hacker group LulzSec spoke directly for the first time about how he sees himself and his motivations. “I’m a man who believes in human rights and exposing abuse and corruption,” the hacker known as…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue French rape accuser for slander

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to sue for slander a French woman who said she will file an attempted rape complaint against him, his lawyers said in a statement Monday. Earlier French journalist and writer Tristane Banon, 32, who once branded Strauss-Kahn a “rutting chimpanzee”, indicated she would lodge…

Murdoch-owned tabloid ‘tapped phone of murdered girl’: report

LONDON — Journalists at a tabloid hacked the voicemail of a high-profile missing teenage girl, giving false hope to her family that she was alive when she had in fact been murdered, a report said Monday. In a grim new twist to the long-running phone-hacking row at the Rupert Murdoch-owned…

French journalist filing new rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

PARIS — A French woman will bring legal action this week for attempted rape against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, her lawyer said Monday in an interview published online. Tristane Banon, a journalist and writer, “is lodging a complaint for attempted rape against Mr Dominique Strauss-Kahn”, the lawyer, David Koubbi,…

Divorce ceremonies increase in Japan in wake of disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – Ceremonies to celebrate divorces have gained momentum in Japan after the massive March earthquake and tsunami, followed by an ongoing nuclear crisis, caused unhappy couples to reassess their lives. The ceremony to mark a couple’s transition to being single again costs 55,000 yen ($690), includes a buffet…

Hugo Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela

Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming from Cuba on Monday and declared himself "fine" despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment. …

Thousands of U.S.-run mine workers strike for better wages in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

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