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U.S. court hears arguments on transgender student using boys' bathroom | Reuters

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court heard arguments on Wednesday over whether a high school in Virginia should be ordered to allow a transgendered student to use the boys’ bathroom, even though he was born a biological female.<p>A man holds a flag as he takes part in an annual Gay Pride …

Essential Politics: How to make sense of those conflicting Iowa polls

<b>Sanders</b> winning? <b>Clinton</b> ahead? <b>Trump</b> gaining? <b>Cruz</b> takes the lead?<p>We're in the "pick your poll" phase of the presidential campaign, when surveys stream in like snow in a northeast blizzard. But it's possible to make sense of the conflicting numbers.<p>Hello and good afternoon, I'm David Lauter, …

Castro hits the hustings for Clinton

<b>THE CLOCK: 10</b> days to the Iowa Caucuses, <b>18</b> days to the New Hampshire primary.<p><b>THE DEBATE CLOCK:</b> The next Republican debate is in <b>6 days</b>. Democrats don’t have another one until Feb. 11, long after Iowans have their say.<p><b>JULIÁN HITS THE HUSTINGS FOR HILLARY</b>: At home, Julián Castro’s been spending more …

Russia will form 4 new military divisions in response to increased NATO drills

"Formation of these divisions is a measure to respond to the increase in intensity of exercises among NATO member countries that's been seen recently," RIA news agency cited Oleg Salyukov, the chief of land forces, as saying.

Russian sanctions could be gone in a few months, John Kerry says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he believes damaging sanctions against Russia could be removed within the next few months, provided Russia cooperates.<p>The United States and Europe introduced a wide range of damaging sanctions against Russia in early 2014 after the country took a series of …

22 Senate Dems seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, …

US denies taking control of Rmeilan air strip in Syria

The US has denied taking control of a Syrian air strip in response to an opposition group's claim that American troops are supporting Kurdish fighters in northern Syria with such a takeover.<p>Speaking to Al Jazeera on Friday, a spokesman of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the …

South African district offers student grants to girls who remain virgins

A South African region has launched a grant scheme for girls who remain virgins throughout their university studies, triggering outrage among human rights groups.<p>The bursary offered in Uthukela, in the south-east of the country near Durban, is the brainchild of the municipality’s female mayor, Dudu …

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AmEx gets put through shredder. Stock plunges

Wall Street no longer takes American Express.<p>Shares of AmEx (AXP) plunged 13% Friday after the credit card company issued a weak outlook for 2016 AND 2017 in its latest earnings report.<p>It appears that investors no longer have much, if any, faith in management. The stock is now trading at its lowest …

North Korea: Virginia student arrested for ‘hostile acts’ while on tour

TOKYO — A University of Virginia student honored as an “intellectual risk-taker” has been arrested in North Korea, its state-run media said Friday, accusing the American of an unspecified “hostile act” against the state.<p>Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, was detained Jan. 2 at Pyongyang airport as he …

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The State of the Trans Community, Part 3 - the Houston Debacle and Its Significance

Let's be honest in our analysis of the Houston debacle. Many of us saw it coming, so it cannot be called a surprise. Texas might be part of the Confederacy, but Houston has elected a Democratic mayor the past forty years, and most recently thrice-elected a lesbian. The residents of Houston are not …

Meet the creator of a secret network of women’s shelters in Iraq

When an Islamic State fighter stopped their car in Anbar Province, Iraq, Safiyah knew something terrible was about to happen. Her husband, a soldier in the Iraqi Army, had been executed days earlier in Tikrit, and she knew the only way to protect their four daughters now was to flee the city.<p>They …

How Art by Inmates Could Help Change the Prison System

An interview with artist and educator Mark Strandquist about how his collaborations with people behind bars.<p>Mark Strandquist is an artist, activist, and educator who has produced all sorts of projects that engage with and promote discussion about the criminal justice system. He contributed images …