City of Iga to recognize same-sex partnerships from April

Dec 26, 2015

City of Iga to recognize same-sex partnerships from April

The city of Iga in Mie Prefecture is set to start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships as being equivalent to marriage from next April to address discrimination against sexual minorities, Iga Mayor Sakae Okamoto said Friday. The city will follow Shibuya and Setagaya wards ...

Dec 20, 2015

Sanskrit, a 'dead' Indian language, enjoying revival

In a tiny apartment in a rundown alley in New Delhi, Rakesh Kumar Misra is working against the odds to bring India’s ancient Sanskrit language to the country’s millions. The 4,000-year-old classical language was traditionally used by Brahmin intellectuals and Hindu priests. Rarely spoken ...

Dec 16, 2015

Rondo issues stronger apology for gay slur

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has offered a stronger apology for directing a gay slur at veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy. Rondo said on Monday his actions toward Kennedy on Dec. 3 were out of frustration and not meant to offend anyone. Rondo issued ...

Dec 12, 2015

Armed 'patriots' in U.S. turn protests toward Muslim-Americans

They are known as “Three Percenters,” followers of a movement that has rallied against gun control efforts nationwide, patrolled the U.S. border with Mexico and recently begun confronting Muslim-Americans. Followers describe themselves as armed “patriots.” But some of their leaders have been blamed for ...

Dec 11, 2015

Gifu assemblyman retracts jeer against gays

As the nation gradually addresses human rights issues involving sexual minorities, including whether to recognize same-sex unions as legitimate marriages, the changes are stirring a sense of crisis in some politicians. A member of the Gifu Prefectural Assembly held a news conference Friday to ...