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A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

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Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different

A police sweep after Friday prayers is the latest in a weeks-long crackdown against terrorism. The operations have pulled in thousands of refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent.

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

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Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk

The story of fliers ordering Jews to register with the separatists stoked fears of anti-Semitism. But Jews in the Ukrainian town say the orders aren't real and were intended as political provocation.

Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

Whenever a captain comes back and passengers don't, it's seen as shameful behavior. The captains of the Costa Concordia and the South Korean ferry both received blame for not staying with their ship.

Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

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New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque

In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy.

Remembering The Magical Realism Of Gabriel García Márquez

April 21, 2014
In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP)

Gabriel García Márquez and his spell of magical realism. We’ll cast it again, in remembrance.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tourney Offers Olympic Preview

April 19, 2014
Hong Kong Stadium. (Charlie Schroeder/Only A Game)

Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s a fast-paced, often high-scoring version of the game, with seven players a side, not the usual 15. Charlie Schroeder visits one of the world’s biggest “sevens” tournaments in Hong Kong.

Obama’s Asian Trade Mission Faces Obstacles At Home

April 18, 2014

Critics say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be harmful to the environment, prescription drug prices, Internet access and U.S. jobs.

Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine Reject Disarm Deal

April 18, 2014
A man wearing a military fatigue stands guard outside a regional administration building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 18. Pro-Russian rebels kept their grip on seized government buildings in Ukraine on Friday, a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West in Geneva on April 17. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Getty Images)

A tense standoff continues in Kiev today despite diplomats reaching a deal in Geneva yesterday.

With Easter Approaching, Christians Targeted In Syria

April 18, 2014
A look at the damage inside the Mar Sarkis Greek Catholic monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, northeast of Damascus, after Syrian government forces took control of the town from rebel fighters, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favor. Violence against Christians and destruction of churches has escalated in Syria. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Christians are fleeing the country, but one Jesuit priest has decided to stay behind.

Hundreds Still Missing In South Korea Ferry Disaster

April 18, 2014
South Korean rescue workers search for missing passengers near the buoy installed to mark a capsized ferry at sea off Jindo on April 18. Divers renewed efforts today to access the capsized ferry. Of the 400 people who were on board, 200 are still missing. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

As rescue workers search for about 270 passengers still missing, an arrest warrant has been issued for the captain.

Week In The News: Putin On Ukraine And A ‘New Russia,’ A Ferry Down, Economic Questions

April 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

Voting Continues In World’s Biggest Democracy

April 17, 2014
Indian voters are processed so they can cast their ballot at a local polling station in the village of Sambhar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, on April 17. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

In terms of seats up for grabs – 122 – it’s the biggest day of polling in the six-week long process.

Experienced Captain Says South Korean Ferry Should Have Evacuated

April 17, 2014
South Korean Coast Guard and rescue teams search for missing passengers at the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 17, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

A captain with 20 years of command experience weighs in on the ferry disaster, as the search for hundreds of missing continues.

A Look At Russia's Opposition Movement

April 17, 2014
Anarchist protesters burned flares, shouted and carried a banner reading "You were cheated" in Russian, in central Moscow, late on December 4, 2011, during their protest against the conduct of Russia's parliamentary elections. Since these protests, the Kremlin has cracked down on the opposition. (Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Since protests against parliamentary elections in 2011, the Kremlin has cracked down on the opposition.

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