Last month, Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its northern opponents agreed to cease fighting and to create a common government. Under the agreement, the Taliban and the Islamic groups which make up the northern-based opposition would share power in national executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government. Both sides also agreed to release 20 prisoners each to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Further talks to discuss the initial agreement were to have taken place at March's end, but still have not been scheduled. Anger over continued military strikes and disagreement over the leadership of the joint government are the likely causes of the delay.
The Islamic Press has quoted Taliban head Mulla Mohammed Omar as saying "There is no possibility of holding another round of [peace] talks" until the northern opposition alliance agrees to forming a unified government under the Taliban's control. Taliban negotiator Wakil Ahmed said "This is what the people want and there is no issue in principle concerning the leadership."
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .