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Bharathi Kannamma, 53, a transgender hailing from the Madurai District in southern Tamil Nadu state and who is independently contesting the Lok Sabha elections, distributes pamphlets to a shop owner while campaigning in Madurai, on April 15, 2014

Indian transgender stands for office after landmark ruling

AFP News Describing the Supreme Court judge's ruling as a "milestone", 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn prejudices against India's several million transgenders. Running as an independent candidate in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state, she is thought to be the first transgender accepted as a candidate in a general election. "Even when people come to …

  • Anne Sofie Udklit Soerensen from Aarhus in Denmark, a member of the DinnerSurfer-community, prepares a meal in her kitchen on April 4, 2014
    Danish website turns homes into take-away restaurants AFP News - 4 hours ago

    A Danish website is turning private homes into take-away restaurants by letting users advertise what they are cooking, when and for what price. It depends on what I'm … More »Danish website turns homes into take-away restaurants

    Anne Sofie Udklit Soerensen from Aarhus in Denmark, a member of the DinnerSurfer-community, prepares a meal in her kitchen on April 4, 2014

    A Danish website is turning private homes into take-away restaurants by letting users advertise what they are cooking, when and for what price. It depends on what I'm making and how much time I have," said Ana Teresa Salas, a 32-year-old consultant from Copenhagen.

  • View of Riga, seen from the tower of St. Peter's Church, on May 11, 2006
    Baltics mull joint TV channel to counter Kremlin's line AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Europe's Baltic states are in talks to set up their own Russian-language television channel in a bid to counter the deluge of propaganda aimed at their ethnic Russian … More »Baltics mull joint TV channel to counter Kremlin's line

    View of Riga, seen from the tower of St. Peter's Church, on May 11, 2006

    Europe's Baltic states are in talks to set up their own Russian-language television channel in a bid to counter the deluge of propaganda aimed at their ethnic Russian populations by Moscow-backed media. Numerous Russian-language media outlets already exist in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but most emanate from Russia and …

  • Jessie J’s tights tip
    Jessie J’s tights tip Cover Media - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Jessie J has shared her tips for sticking to a workout regime despite having a hectic lifestyle. More »Jessie J’s tights tip

    Jessie J’s tights tip

    Jessie J has shared her tips for sticking to a workout regime despite having a hectic lifestyle.

  • Michelle Monaghan happy to age
    Michelle Monaghan happy to age Cover Media - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Michelle Monaghan found it "funny" how much she looked like her mom in True Detective. More »Michelle Monaghan happy to age

    Michelle Monaghan happy to age

    Michelle Monaghan found it "funny" how much she looked like her mom in True Detective.

  • Duchess ‘gets style advice from PA’
    Duchess ‘gets style advice from PA’ Cover Media - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has apparently had the help of her PA to pull together a regal wardrobe for her tour of Australia and New Zealand. More »Duchess ‘gets style advice from PA’

    Duchess ‘gets style advice from PA’

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has apparently had the help of her PA to pull together a regal wardrobe for her tour of Australia and New Zealand.

  • How to Spend a Day Out in Brussels
    How to Spend a Day Out in Brussels Trip Tipping - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Stereotypical thoughts of Brussels will quickly bring beer, fries and chocolate to the mind. Woke up late and grabbed a few bites of breakfast from our hostel, Sleep … More »How to Spend a Day Out in Brussels

    How to Spend a Day Out in Brussels

    Stereotypical thoughts of Brussels will quickly bring beer, fries and chocolate to the mind. Woke up late and grabbed a few bites of breakfast from our hostel, Sleep Well Youth Hostel (20 to 30 Euros per night depending on how many people you share with). The Cinquantenaire Museum is situated in a beautiful park and it …

  • Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes
    Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes Trip Tipping - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Mix Bangkok’s temples with high quality shopping and flavorsome dining, and you’ll end up with one amazing holiday destination. If you are heading to Grand Palace, the … More »Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes

    Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes

    Mix Bangkok’s temples with high quality shopping and flavorsome dining, and you’ll end up with one amazing holiday destination. If you are heading to Grand Palace, the best place to eat authentic , yet affordable Thai cuisine is the restaurant just in front of the palace entrance, Na Phra Lan Café. From here, you can …

  • A Cable Car and Zoo Visit in Taipei
    A Cable Car and Zoo Visit in Taipei Trip Tipping - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A great day out in Taipei for all ages really ought to include a visit to The Taipei Zoo and the Maokong Gondola cable car. Combined, these will keep you busy and allow … More »A Cable Car and Zoo Visit in Taipei

    A Cable Car and Zoo Visit in Taipei

    A great day out in Taipei for all ages really ought to include a visit to The Taipei Zoo and the Maokong Gondola cable car. Combined, these will keep you busy and allow you to experience the beautiful scenery around the city, giving privacy in a busy city centre. Sweet soy milk and Chinese-style pastries are popular choices …

  • Jimmy Choo (right) with his son, Danny Choo after his lecture "Creativity Through Skills" in Fukushima city on April 18, 2014
    Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost … More »Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line

    Jimmy Choo (right) with his son, Danny Choo after his lecture "Creativity Through Skills" in Fukushima city on April 18, 2014

    Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. "If you give money to them, money (will run out), but passing on the skill, the skill will remain.

  • Muslim faithful pray in a mosque in Paris on September 6, 2013
    French mosque files complaint over pork pate in letterbox AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A mosque in the Paris suburbs said Friday it had filed a complaint with police after slices of pork pate and a threatening letter were stuffed into its letterbox. Authorities … More »French mosque files complaint over pork pate in letterbox

    Muslim faithful pray in a mosque in Paris on September 6, 2013

    A mosque in the Paris suburbs said Friday it had filed a complaint with police after slices of pork pate and a threatening letter were stuffed into its letterbox. Authorities at the mosque in Mantes-la-Ville, a town of 19,000 in the western suburbs of Paris, said the incidents reflected a "worrying climate" after the town …

  • Korean games firm NCsoft partners with web comics company Lehzin
    Korean games firm NCsoft partners with web comics company Lehzin AFP Relax - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Korean comics co Lehzin Entertainment can now get creative with characters owned by MMO impresario NCsoft ("Guild Wars," "Lineage"), while leveraging its own catalog … More »Korean games firm NCsoft partners with web comics company Lehzin

    Korean games firm NCsoft partners with web comics company Lehzin

    Korean comics co Lehzin Entertainment can now get creative with characters owned by MMO impresario NCsoft ("Guild Wars," "Lineage"), while leveraging its own catalog for interactive gain. With NCSoft putting a hefty $4.8m (₩5bn) into Lehzin Entertainment, attention turns to the publisher's own slate of upcoming releases. …

  • What Western and Asian travelers can't leave home without
    What Western and Asian travelers can't leave home without AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities when it comes … More »What Western and Asian travelers can't leave home without

    What Western and Asian travelers can't leave home without

    A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities when it comes to travel necessities. Japanese travelers were the exception to the general rule and were the only group in Asia to choose credit cards (38 percent) over …

  • Luxury hotel opens on 'roof of the world' in Tibet
    Luxury hotel opens on 'roof of the world' in Tibet AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    In a sign of things to come, the Shangri-La has become the latest hotel group to open a luxury property atop the highest plateau on the planet, in one of the most fabled, … More »Luxury hotel opens on 'roof of the world' in Tibet

    Luxury hotel opens on 'roof of the world' in Tibet

    In a sign of things to come, the Shangri-La has become the latest hotel group to open a luxury property atop the highest plateau on the planet, in one of the most fabled, mythical destinations on Earth. High in the clouds, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the Shangri-La Lhasa is set 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above …

  • Images released of the world's largest one-roof airport terminal
    Images released of the world's largest one-roof airport terminal AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Images for the world's largest airport terminal under one roof have been released. Terminal One of the Istanbul Grand Airport will stretch to almost one million square … More »Images released of the world's largest one-roof airport terminal

    Images released of the world's largest one-roof airport terminal

    Images for the world's largest airport terminal under one roof have been released. Terminal One of the Istanbul Grand Airport will stretch to almost one million square meters, featuring a vaulted ceiling whose geometric roof and layout design will reinforce passenger flows. The terminal, based on the Black Sea coast 35km …

  • Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza to open May 18
    Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza to open May 18 AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The complex in the Balearic Islands will be the first Hard Rock Hotel in Europe. Even before its grand opening, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza boasts the distinction of being … More »Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza to open May 18

    Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza to open May 18

    The complex in the Balearic Islands will be the first Hard Rock Hotel in Europe. Even before its grand opening, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza boasts the distinction of being the party destination's largest five-star hotel. VIP services, including access to some of Ibiza's most exclusive clubs and restaurants, will also be …