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Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in the dance company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007. “I am so honored to be a principal ...

Havana avenue debuts Cuba's first public Wi-Fi hotspots

Jul 3, 2015

Havana avenue debuts Cuba's first public Wi-Fi hotspots

Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana’s cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed ...

Vote paves way for same-sex marriages in Episcopalian churches

Jul 2, 2015

Vote paves way for same-sex marriages in Episcopalian churches

Episcopalians have voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The vote came Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the denomination’s national assembly. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin in the House ...

Jun 28, 2015

'Feminist drone' delivers abortion pills to Poland

Feminist activists on Saturday sent a drone from Germany to Poland carrying abortion pills to highlight the staunchly Catholic country’s restrictive abortion laws. The pills are not available in Poland and Jula Gaweda of the feminist organization Feminoteka said that two Polish women — ...

S. African model revels in her albinism

Jun 28, 2015

S. African model revels in her albinism

Thando Hopa grew up in the shade, her porcelain skin protected by long sleeves and sunscreen until the day the South African decided to fight prejudice against albinos by becoming a model. Petite and born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head ...