Double leg amputee scales Mount Kilimanjaro
A double leg amputee has pulled himself up
Africa’s highest mountain, disproving doctors who said he would
never be a functioning member of society.” Spencer West, 31, lost
his legs as a child after a genetic disorder -- sacral agenesis --
paralyzed the lower half of his body. But he didn’t let that stop
him: the resident of the Canadian city of Toronto arrived at the
summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, some 6,000 metres above sea level, on
Tuesday, calling it an incredible personal feat.
Is Mexico ready for a female President?
The country has long been associated with macho
Josefina Vazquez Mota's quest to become the
first female president of Mexico a country long associated with
macho men is burdened by her association with the unpopular current
president. Both Vazquez Mota, 51, and President Felipe Calderon are
members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and many
voters see the July 1 presidential election as a referendum on 12
years of PAN leadership.
Berlin gay pride parade draws 700,000
Camp costumes and colourful drag flooded the
streets of Berlin on Saturday as hundreds of thousands took part in
the city's annual Christopher Street Day gay pride parade. Marching
and dancing to thumping techno music, the crowds made their way from
the cosmopolitan Kreuzberg district to the Brandenburg Gate, where
DJs and musicians were scheduled to keep the party going until
Climate Change protesters arrested outside Buckingham Palace
Four Climate Change activists were arrested in
London on Saturday after they scaled the gates of Queen Elizabeth
II's Buckingham Palace residence and chained themselves to the
railings. The campaigners from the Climate Siren group wore t-shirts
bearing the words “climate emergency. 10% annual emission cuts,” and
shouted slogans through megaphones.