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President Barack Obama is expected to speak just before bells ring around the world to mark 50 years that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. ended his landmark “I have a dream” speech.
Marchers, many wearing T-shirts with King’s face on them, began their walk near the U.S. Capitol and carried signs such as “Stop the new Jim Crow” and “Every Texan deserves a vote.”
Fighting restrictive voting rights laws that Democrats say hurt minorities, combating joblessness and reducing gun violence among African Americans are among the issues that civil rights leaders put at the forefront of their efforts in 2013.
"This march was supposed to be about jobs, but it’s about a lot more," said marcher Ash Mobley, 27, of Washington who said she was there to represent her grandmother, who had been at the 1963 event.
Photos: a young man plays “When the Saints Go Marching In” on his trumpet in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (REUTERS/Gary Cameron); Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque); people gather to commemorate at the 2013 March on Washington (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque).
As couples celebrate the “Qixi” festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day, Xu and millions of women like her face stark choices as long-held ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against economic and social changes sweeping the world’s most populous country.
The term “shengnu” - directly translated as “leftover women” - was coined to refer to professional women who have not married by their late 20s. “Chinese people often think males should be higher in a relationship in every sense, including height, age, education and salary,” Ni Lin, who hosts a popular match-making television show in Shanghai, told Reuters.
"This leads to a phenomenon in which A-grade men marry B-grade women, B-grade men marry C-grade women and C-grade men marry D-grade women. Only A-grade women and D-grade men can’t find partners."
In Beijing, more than a third of women in their late 20s and 30s are looking for husbands, according to the dating website Jiayuan.com. Media reports say there may be as many as 500,000 “leftover women” in the capital. There are plenty of men to go round among China’s nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional woman once again.
Photos: Love in China
Pop artist Andy Warhol would have turned 85 today.
Photo 1: Employees pose for photographers with the 1963 “Silver Liz” portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor by late artist Andy Warhol at Christie’s auction house in London June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files. Photo 2: People are reflected on a portrait of U.S. artist Andy Warhol by Timm Rautert during the exhibit “Warhol on Warhol” at Madrid’s Casa Encendida Cultural Centre on November 23, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Francisco Garzon, son of a railway worker, and the driver of the train that crashed at high speed in one of Spain’s worst railway accidents, grew up around trains and spent his whole life working with them.
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78 people have died after the train jackknifed into a concrete wall on Wednesday a few kilometers before the station in Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrim destination and capital of the northwestern region of Galicia.
Was recklessness to blame for the train crash?
Photo: Francisco Jose Garzon is helped by a policeman after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Oscar Corral
Photo gallery: Displaced from Congo: hundreds of Congolese families spent a night without cover at the Bukanga refugee camp in Uganda as humanitarian organizations struggled to set up tents. The Congolese were displaced by fighting between the army and rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) last week. They traveled to the Bukanga transit camp in Bundibugyo, 238 miles southwest of Uganda’s capital Kampala.
On Tuesday, Congolese government forces supported by helicopters attacked another rebel group calls “M23” near Goma, a city of one million people bordering Rwanda. It was the third day of heavy fighting that has forced hundreds of villagers to flee their homes and raised tensions with Rwanda.
The UN’s intervention: The United Nations deployed a new force to attack rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The 3,000-strong Intervention Brigade has begun patrols but not yet engaged in combat. The UN warned it would block any attack on Goma, which was briefly captured by rebels in November. Both Rwanda and Uganda, which have in the past backed insurgents in Congo, deny any support for M23. The U.N. plans to put unarmed surveillance drones over Congo.
Rwanda’s government reacts: Rwanda has accused the UN’s new intervention force in Congo of discussing a collaboration with Hutu rebels linked to the Rwandan genocide of 1994, thereby jeopardizing regional peace efforts.
Millions of people have died from the violence, disease and food crises since the 1990s as foreign-backed rebel groups fought for control of eastern Congo’s rich deposits of gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt and uranium, destabilizing the Great Lakes region at the heart of Africa.
Photos by: REUTERS/James Akena
Photo: portraits of former leader Kim Jong-il and former president Kim Il-sung in a North Korean ship “Chong Chon Gang” on July 16, 2013.
Photo gallery: weapons on a North Korean ship
Panama detained the ship from Cuba as it headed to the Panama Canal and said it was hiding weapons in brown sugar containers, sparking a standoff in which the ship’s captain attempted to commit suicide.
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Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Jasso