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California court rejects same-sex marriage ban

Aug. 5: Saying that it discriminates against gay men and women, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing supporters of su

Women’s state still deplorable in Afghanistan

Aug. 5: Ms Naderi, who heads the group, Women for Afghan Women, would be the first to concede that things are already bad enough for women in Afghanistan without a return to a government run by the Ta

Obama gets no cake on birthday

Aug. 5: Let’s face it, turning 49 is no fun. Especially when your wife and children are not around to celebrate. But to have the birthday cake scratched by the Secret Service? On his last birthday bef

Turkey softens terror law that jailed young Kurds

July 30: Berivan Sayaca, a vivacious 15-year-old Kurdish girl, dreamed of escaping her life as a seamstress and studying law. Instead, she was convicted of supporting terrorism by attending a protest

US House approves money for wars, but rift deepens

July 28: The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to provide $59 billion to continue financing America’s two wars, but the vote showed deepening divisions and anxiety among Democrats over the co

Germans good at tackling debt

July 18: In many countries, including the United States, there are calls for the government to spend more to jump-start the economy, and to avoid the temptation to cut back as debts mount. Germany, h

Afghans to form local forces to fight Taliban

July 15: — After intensive negotiations with Nato military commanders, the Afghan government on Wednesday approved a programme to establish local defence forces that American military officials hope w

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.