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India gays celebrate 1 year since landmark verdict

By Sat, Jul 03, 2010 9:44AM UTC

Hundreds of Indian gay rights activists and their supporters celebrated the first anniversary Friday of a landmark court ruling decriminalizing homosexuality and marking their gradual acceptance in the deeply conservative country. Members of Mumbai’s gay community danced, sang, laughed and hugged each other in the city’s sprawling Azad Maidan park

Accused WWII criminal wins bid against extradition

By Sat, Jul 03, 2010 9:40AM UTC

An alleged Nazi collaborator wanted in Hungary in the torture and killing of a Jewish teenager in 1944 won an appeal Friday against extradition from his adopted country of Australia. Charles Zentai, 88, is suspected by the Hungarian government of being one of three men who brutalized and killed a

Anwar, Najib vie for international cred

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 7:58PM UTC

Facing challenges at home, Najib attempts to repair his overseas image to match the opposition leader’s, writes Gopal Krishnan of Asia Sentinel Since becoming prime minister, Najib Tun Razak has faced serious challenges at home in trying to rebuild the image of his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition amidst the schisms

Sri Lanka drills for oil

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 7:52PM UTC

A long-suffering country finds a bit of good news, writes Asia Sentinel. Sri Lanka, battered by four decades of Tamil separatist violence that ended a year ago, appears finally able to begin to exploit its sizable domestic oil and gas sources and reduce its crippling dependence on imports. In one

Police: 8 killed in Thailand’s restive south

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 7:51PM UTC

Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated roadside bombs that killed eight people, including one civilian, in two separate attacks in Thailand’s restive south, police said Friday. A bomb explosion in Yala province on Friday killed three soldiers in a pickup truck who were sent to fix a water pipe in a village

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