The weather forecast
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela's globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said Wednesday.
The refusal of Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross to accept blood from an Ethiopian Jewish lawmaker sparked demands on Wednesday for a review of guidelines seen as deeply discriminatory. The rejection of the blood from Pnina Tamano-Shata by an official of Magen David Adom came at a donor drive outside parliament and was caught on video footage which was widely aired by Israeli television channels. Ministry guidelines do not in fact bar donations from all of Israel's more than 120,000 Ethiopian Jews, only to those 80,000 among them who were born in Africa and migrated to Israel, most of them in two massive airlifts in 1984 and 1991. Tamano-Shata is a member of parliament for the centrist Yesh Atid party, part of Israel's governing coalition.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
Kenya's former colonial rulers Britain are supporting the building of a memorial for those who suffered during the brutal Mau Mau uprising, a British minister said Wednesday. The announcement comes on the eve of Kenya's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, with celebrations due Thursday to mark the half century of freedom. More 10,000 people were killed during the 1952-1960 Mau Mau uprising -- some reports suggest significantly more -- and tens of thousands were detained in harsh British-run detention camps, including US President Barack Obama's grandfather. Britain’s Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds on Wednesday launched a competition for Kenyans to design the memorial, in collaboration with the Mau Mau War Veterans Association and other partners.