Personal suffering fuels Malaysia trans advocate's fight
Mon, 30 May 2016 00:27:29 -0400
Nisha Ayub has endured virtually everything thrown at Muslim-majority Malaysia's repressed transgender community: contempt, violence, arrest and sexual assault in a prison where she was sent to become a "real man". "The way they treat you is like you don't have any rights, you don't have any dignity," said Nisha, 37, dressed in the flowing skirt and long-sleeve shirt favoured by Malaysian Muslim women. A Muslim, Nisha's first overt gender-identity expression came at age nine in a costume contest at her straight-laced boy's school -- she dressed as a ballerina.


Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north
Mon, 30 May 2016 00:24:41 -0400
SYDNEY (AP) — Scientists say mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage.

Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal... in a kayak
Mon, 30 May 2016 00:12:50 -0400
A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September. Aleksander Doba paddled off from the tip of Manhattan after doing interviews and posing for selfies with a crowd of some 100 onlookers. A star at home, Doba gained global attention when he was named a National Geographic adventurer of the year in 2015.


New photo of Japanese hostage appears with message pleading for help
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:56:21 -0400
The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet. This is my last chance," said the sign, written in shaky characters and signed "Jumpei Yasuda." Yasuda's plight came to attention in March, when a video surfaced showing him reading a message to his country and his family. Japanese media said he was capture by a group called Nusra Front after entering Syria from Turkey last June.


Computer glitch at JFK Airport causes massive check-in lines
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:55:00 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — A computer outage at JFK Airport's Terminal 7 has caused massive check-in delays.

Martin Truex Jr. dominates NASCAR race in Charlotte
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:45:48 -0400
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. didn't avoid ladders or black cats, never worried about cracking mirrors or stepping on cracks. He knew his bad luck on the Sprint Cup circuit would change.


Ruthless Nibali leaves mark on dramatic Giro win
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:36:02 -0400
Some will call Vincenzo Nibali's dramatic Giro d'Italia victory lucky, but it served as a reminder that 'The Shark' is dangerous when in deep water. Three years after the Italian sealed a maiden pink jersey with an epic ride through the snowy Dolomites mountains, a second Giro triumph looked out of reach when Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk opened up a huge lead in the final week of a thrilling 99th edition. Over two intense days in the mountains, pre-race favourite Nibali went from trailing the ginger-haired Dutchman by 41secs to seemingly out of contention at 4min 43sec.


Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:17:01 -0400
A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of remorseless dictator, with brutal repression the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror. Often dressed in combat fatigues that complemented his "desert fighter" nickname, Habre fled to Senegal after he was ousted in by Chad's current President Idriss Deby in 1990. Now 73, Habre's rule was marked by fierce crackdowns on dissent, including alleged torture and executions of opponents, earning him comparisons to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.


Tropical Depression Bonnie means another bad beach day
Sun, 29 May 2016 23:04:38 -0400
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early Sunday before stalling just inland, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend.


2 officers injured after man sets self on fire at festival
Sun, 29 May 2016 22:47:01 -0400
CHICAGO (AP) — A police spokeswoman says two officers were hospitalized after a man set himself and a building on fire during a Chicago street festival.



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