Bermuda governor approves bill reversing same-sex marriage rights

By Emma Farge HAMILTON, Feb 8 : Bermuda’s governor on Wednesday approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry in the British overseas territory, despite a Supreme Court ruling authorising same-sex marriage last year. The decision by Governor John Rankin in the wealthy Atlantic island of 60,000 people represents a rare reversal […]

Transgender parade star opens doors to diversity in Rio Carnival

By Maria Clara C Pestre RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 6 : When he paraded during Carnival at age 14 for the first time with a Rio de Janeiro samba group, Wagner Carvalho did not recognize himself in the mirror. Today, after 16 years, four plastic surgeries and a long process of self-discovery, Wagner, who now […]

For Saudi tycoons freed from detention, cheers and a business challenge

By Stephen Kalin and Katie Paul RIYADH, Jan 31 : Cheering supporters greeted Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal when he arrived at his skyscraper offices in Riyadh after his release from detention in an anti-corruption crackdown. But he and other tycoons freed from a luxury hotel in the Saudi capital face a challenge […]

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

By Ruma Paul and Zeba Siddiqui DHAKA/COX’S BAZAAR, Jan 16 : Bangladesh said on Tuesday it would complete the process of returning within two years many of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled a conflict in Myanmar, following a meeting of the neighbours. The bilateral repatriation plan, which Myanmar said would […]

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

By Ruma Paul and Zeba Siddiqui DHAKA/COX’S BAZAAR, Jan 16 : Bangladesh said on Tuesday it would complete the process of returning within two years many of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled a conflict in Myanmar, following a meeting of the neighbours. The bilateral repatriation plan, which Myanmar said would […]

Tourists airlifted from snowbound Swiss ski resort

By John Miller ZURICH, Jan 9 : The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt airlifted guests by helicopter on Tuesday after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors. An estimated 13,000 people were stuck in Zermatt after snow closed mountain lifts, ski runs, walking paths and train services to the village. With the […]