Topless women out, female luminaries in: the latest edition of the famously titillating Pirelli calendar presented in London by US photographer Annie Leibovitz has won praise for its feminist makeover. The Huffington Post's UK edition called the images "inspiring" and "stunning", while the Daily Telegraph said the calendar had "swapped sex for substance". "It might only be pinned up at some enlightened garages, but the Pirelli calendar has signalled a break with history," Adam Sherwin wrote in The Independent on Tuesday under the headline: "Pirelli calendar's sexism replaced by 'amazing women'".
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A prisoner swap deal between the Nusra Front and the Lebanese authorities was successfully completed on Tuesday, after 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen were released by the al Qaeda-linked group, a security source told Reuters. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Catherine Evans)
The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover. It was the second time in 10 weeks that the paper has said its local printer declined to run an article, in a country where media freedoms have been increasingly curtailed since last year's military takeover. Tuesday's newspaper was supposed to run a report headlined "Thai economy and spirits are sagging" that explored the junta's inability to jump-start the flagging economy.
By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Tuesday found a U.S. Marine guilty of killing a transgender woman, jailing him for six to 12 years in a case that has reignited debate over the American military presence in the country. The Olongapo City regional trial court also ordered Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to pay more than 4.5 million pesos ($95,350) to the family of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead last year in a hotel outside the former U.S. navy base northwest of Manila. Pemberton had been charged with murder but was convicted of the lesser offense of homicide, which does not require malicious intent.
Israeli security forces shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinian assailants on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities said, as a wave of Palestinian stabbings, car rammings and shootings entered its third month. Israeli forces have killed 97 Palestinians, of whom 58 were identified by Israel as assailants or caught on camera carrying out attacks, while others were shot in clashes with police and troops. A police spokeswoman said a Palestinian man who tried to carry out a stabbing attack on Tuesday at a busy junction in the Etzion bloc of Jewish settlements in the West Bank was shot dead.
Crude oil prices rose on Tuesday as the dollar eased slightly, but with OPEC widely expected to stick to its output target this week, concern about oversupply remained in focus. The European Central Bank is set to announce its latest policy decision on Thursday, OPEC's decision on output is due on Friday along with U.S. monthly jobs numbers, meaning oil prices have been hemmed into a range of no more than $4 for the last week. Towards the end of the week, we have the ECB, the (jobs) number and the OPEC meeting, so that is going to really set the outlook for the first quarter (of 2016)," said Olivier Jakob, an analyst at consultant Petromatrix.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida branch was releasing on Tuesday a group of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August 2014 as part of a swap deal brokered by Qatar that included Lebanon setting free an unspecified number of prisoners wanted by the militant group.