A child sitting on the shoulders of an Indian gay rights activist waves a rainbow-colored flag during a protest in New Delhi following a decision Wednesday by the country's top court that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect.
The court said only Parliament can change the colonial-era law. The decision, which reverses a landmark lower court ruling that decriminalized homosexual acts, is being called a major setback to gay rights in the country.
December 9, 2013 Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, was reportedly dismissed from his defense post. Official North Korean images appear to show the once-powerful Jang being escorted from a party meeting by uniformed guards. The move is seen as an attempt by Kim to consolidate his power.
December 9, 2013 Yingluck Shinawatra's move comes as she tries to defuse anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said they will rest only when Thai politics is rid of her family's influence.
December 8, 2013 The new zone overlaps with some of the same area China laid claim to in November. The U.S. said the South Korean approach avoids confusion and threats to civilian airlines.
December 7, 2013 Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.