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First transgender mayor elected in central India: media | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A city in central India has elected the country’s first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender, local media reported.<p>Madhu Kinnar, 35, won the mayoral election in Raigarh in the mineral-rich …

LGBTQI

The US wants China's help blocking North Korean hackers

Apparently, the US is willing to recruit any ally it can get in its digital battles -- including countries that are frequently its adversaries. Sources for both the Associated Press and the <i>New York Times</i> claim that American officials have asked China to implement a block that would "cripple" North …

Sony hack: US seeks China's help against North Korea cyber-attacks - report

Officials tell New York Times approach is part of ‘proportional response’ US-China relations have been strained over cybersecurity issues<p>North Korea demands joint investigation into Sony Pictures hack Opinion: Can we all calm down about cyberwar with North Korea?<p>The US government has reportedly …

US-Cuba deal offers reminder of Vatican’s diplomatic influence

Tourists strolling past a square next to the Pantheon in Rome often stop to puzzle at an odd sculpture, designed by Bernini, of an elephant supporting an obelisk. Few waste a glance on the 19th-century <i>palazzo</i> to the left of the monument. Those who do see nothing to betray its purpose.<p>Palazzo …

BlackBerry hit by worse-than-expected sales

Smartphone maker slashes losses to $148m for three months to 29 November but sales of $793m disappoint analysts<p>BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things<p>BlackBerry shares fell on Friday despite the smartphone maker announcing better-than-expected orders for the new Passport phone, …

US drone attack kills at least five Taliban fighters in Pakistan – report

Officials say two missiles fired in north-west of country Five ‘terrorists’ killed in separate attack, say military<p>School massacre is ‘Pakistan’s 9/11’<p>A US drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security …

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The 800mph train still sounds like the stuff of science fiction – Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes – but it’s found a new champion in crowdfunded engineer collective<p>The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San …

Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines

For more than a decade, the United States military has depended on buying Russian-made rocket engines to launch its most crucial satellites. On Friday,<p>Congresssaid no more.<p>Despite lobbying from a joint venture of Boeing Co. and<p>Lockheed Martin Corp., the Senate voted 89-11 to approve a bill Friday …

Space Travel

Israeli family suffer burns after West Bank acid attack

Five members of an Israeli family have suffered chemical burns after a substance believed to be acid was thrown over them reportedly by a Palestinian man in the West Bank.<p>Police said the victims included four girls who were sprayed with a corrosive substance by a man who was then shot in the leg by …

Is This Psychedelic iOS Keyboard The Craziest UI In Design History?

WHAT IS THIS…I DON’T EVEN…WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MEEEEEE????<p>On December 16, 1997, an episode of the popular animated series <i>Pokemon</i> aired in Japan, during which the lovable electric gopher Pikachu spent a few minutes frenetically blasting rainbow-hued missiles out of the air with his rapid-fire …

Ukraine welcomes prospect of US military aid

Russia responded has angrily to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.<p>"Undoubtedly, we will not be able to leave this without a response," deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov told Interfax news agency …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip shows speed isn't everything

If you're already bored by the annual speed upgrades we're seeing in mobile chips (can you really feel the difference between a Galaxy S4 and S5?), Qualcomm's giving you a few more reasons to consider upgrading. Its octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, which will likely end up in many of next year's top …

No dislike button for Facebook, declares Zuckerberg

Social network considers letting users express more appropriate emotions for ‘sad moments’ in what chief executive says would be a ‘powerful’ move<p>Facebook is considering ways to let users express a broader range of emotions than is possible with the “like” button alone.<p>In the second public Q&A at …