1. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most moving images, women string together flowers, a boy takes comfort in a kitten, and more

     

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  3. A village in India now runs entirely on its own solar power grid

    Dharnai, India, has flipped the literal switch on energy

     

  4. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most moving images, a boy takes an impromptu rest, protesters rally for peace in Gaza, and more

     

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  6. India votes: 9 photos of the world’s largest and most vibrant election

    The world’s largest democracy might also be its most colorful

     

  7. 10 photos: Meet the last of India’s elephant keepers

    A photographer journeys to the banks of New Delhi’s Yamuna River to capture a disappearing way of life

     


  8. Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.
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    Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, India’s Supreme Court

    India’s Supreme Court enshrines the right of every human being to choose their gender

     


  9. This week I learned: there was a ‘Like’ button way before Facebook, that mathematical profile-based “science” of online dating actually started in India in 1500 BC, and Vladimir Putin has a (very fitting) favorite Beatles song.

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  10. 65
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    The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail.  In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment.  In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.

    India’s gay sex ban shows why the LGBT movement must go global

     

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  12. The last telegram ever is about to be sent

    On July 14, someone somewhere in India will tap out what is being called the world’s last telegram. India’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has been holding out as other countries around the world retire their antiquated telegraph services. Now, after delaying the move for two years, the business operating what is considered to be the world’s last telegraph service is finally ready to pull the plug, saying telegrams are no longer commercially viable in the age of digital communications.

     

  13. A Hindu devotee flips his hair in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Melad festival is believed to be the largest religious gathering on Earth, attracting more than 100 million people. The festival is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, and is celebrated for 55 days. 

    PHOTO: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images