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India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised a neutral gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling that paves the way for equal rights for several million transgenders and eunuchs. The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be granted access to social welfare schemes offered to other minority groups, in a judgement hailed by transgenders who suffer widespread discrimination. "Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the court while handing down the ruling.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court ruled Tuesday that a person can be legally recognised as gender-neutral, a landmark judgement that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several million transgenders and eunuchs. The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be included in government welfare schemes offered to other minority groups in a bid to pull them out of the impoverished margins of Indian society. "Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the court while handing down the ruling.

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the Supreme Court while handing down the ruling. str-tha/pmc/ac

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the Supreme Court while handing down the ruling. The court directed state and federal governments to identify transgenders as a neutral third gender who should be granted access to the same welfare schemes as other minority groups in India.

Today in Korean history

April 16 1906 -- An express train from the southeastern port city of Busan travels 450 kilometers to Seoul in 11 hours, a record speed for that era. In 2004, the nation's new high-speed Korea Train Express, or KTX, covered that distance in about two hours and 40 minutes.

Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to South Korea on April 25, Malaysia on April 26 and the Philippines on April 28 before departing for Washington the following day, it said. On April 24, Obama is scheduled to hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

U.S. anti-gay activist faces mischief charges after arrest on university campus

REGINA - A pair of controversial political activists — one an American who opposes gay rights, the other a Canadian who opposes abortion — have been arrested at the University of Regina. Police officers approached Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott as they were handing out pamphlets on the campus Monday, telling them to leave or risk being arrested. After some discussion, the pair refused to move and officers took them into custody. Both were initially charged with trespassing but the charges were later changed to mischief.

U.S. anti-gay activist faces mischief charges after arrest on university campus

REGINA - A pair of controversial political activists — one an American who opposes gay rights, the other a Canadian who opposes abortion — have been arrested at the University of Regina. Police officers approached Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott as they were handing out pamphlets on the campus Monday, telling them to leave or risk being arrested. After some discussion, the pair refused to move and officers took them into custody. Both were initially charged with trespassing but the charges were later changed to mischief.

US Army denies clemency for WikiLeaks source Manning

A US Army general has denied clemency to the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, upholding a 35-year sentence. Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, the convening authority in Manning's court-martial, approved the August findings and sentence of military Judge Denise Lind last week, but his decision was only made public Monday.
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