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Indian Supreme Court Reinstates 150-Year-Old Gay Sex Ban

The Indian Supreme Court has reinstated a 150 year old ban on gay sex in India. The move has outraged gay rights activists and sparked a national debate about sexuality and civil rights. Melissa Block speaks with Manu Bhagavan, who teaches about South Asian history and human rights at Hunter College.
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Turkey Struggles To Set Foreign Policy In Changing Neighborhood

Turkey, which not long ago was predicting its role as a regional powerhouse in a re-shaped Middle East, is scrambling to adjust foreign policies that have left it increasingly at odds with its neighbors and world powers. Turkey's approval ratings in Syria and Egypt have plummeted, with many critics saying Ankara has pursued overly sectarian policies that have exacerbated crises instead of calming them. Turkish leaders reject the criticism, but recently there are signs of a shift: Jihadist rebels fighting the Syrian regime have been deported from Turkey, and Ankara has renewed efforts to strengthen ties with Iran.
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Radical Islamists In Northern Syria Spill Over Turkish Border

As radical Islamists take control of Syrian border towns, the spill-over is evident in southern Turkey. Small shops cater to radicals, selling black head bands with Koranic slogans. In Killis, on the Turkish border, cafes offer "jihadi tea" for a clientele with long beards and an alarming agenda. Many analysts say Turkey turned a blind eye to international jihadists crossing the border to overthrow the Assad regime. The bill has come due as Washington expresses extreme concern, young Turks join the jihad in Syria, and international extremists flock to the Turkish border on the way to the jihad.
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Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor

Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets limit membership to those who can prove they receive some form of welfare benefits. These stores, which are flourishing in Europe, sell food that's been rejected by grocers but is still perfectly edible and would otherwise end up in landfills.
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Thai Protest Leader Says Heads Of Military, Police To Meet Him

Suthep Thaugsuban says the supreme commanders of the army, navy, air force and police have agreed to meet him in a move likely to spark concerns of a possible coup.
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Bangladesh Executes Islamist Leader For War Crimes

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged Thursday for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence. He's the first person convicted by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal to be executed.
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Pakistan's Fearless Chief Justice Challenged The Powers That Were

He defied a military dictator, sacked a prime minister, and persistently called generals and intelligence chiefs to account. Now, Iftikhar Chaudhry has retired after a tenure that changed the balance of power in his turbulent nation.
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Does President Obama Have Bad Manners?

World leaders gathered to remember Nelson Mandela this week. But critics say there were some major social blunders made by President Obama, like taking 'selfies' and shaking hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Host Michel Martin asks Dorothea Johnson of The Protocol School of Washington, about head of state etiquette.
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Did India 'Turn Back The Clock' On Gay Rights?

India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that gay sex is illegal, four years after the ban was struck down by a lower court. For more on the ruling and how Indians are reacting, host Michel Martin checks in with journalist and LGBT commentator Sandip Roy.
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Indian Officials Vow Steps To Overturn Gay Sex Verdict

The decision by the Supreme Court on Wednesday to restore a colonial-era ban on homosexual acts has sparked outrage. One prominent commentator said the verdict shows "how liberal democracies can sometimes give rein to a regime of oppression and discrimination under the imprimatur of law."

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