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'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

Feb 12, 2015

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

A “de-toother” or a “dentist” is a gold-digger looking for a wealthy partner. “Spewing out buffaloes” means you can’t speak proper English. And a “side dish” isn’t served by a waiter. Those and other terms are part of Uganda’s often funny locally adapted English, ...

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Feb 11, 2015

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the U.S. transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays ...

Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Feb 10, 2015

Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses promptly after the decision, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed. Gay marriage is ...

Feb 6, 2015

Harvard bans professors from having sex with undergraduates

Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language it said didn’t reflect its expectations on appropriate relationships between faculty members and students. Harvard said in a statement released Thursday the change came as part of a ...

Indonesian minorities hope for a safer future

Feb 6, 2015

Indonesian minorities hope for a safer future

Indonesian Ahmadis are no strangers to persecution, with attacks and discrimination rife, but leader Iskandar Gumay hopes better days are ahead for the minority Muslim sect under new President Joko Widodo. The cleric has witnessed attempts to torch his mosque and has seen worshippers ...

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...

Feb 3, 2015

Greek suicide rise blamed on austerity

Suicides in Greece surged by a third after the country implemented an austerity program in June 2011, health investigators said Monday. After the measures were passed, the number of suicides leapt by 35.7 percent compared to preceding months, they said. The increase was sustained ...