US President Barack Obama has set out his vision for the next four years after renewing his oath of office in Washington. He promised to fight for the rights of gay people and immigrants and said he would tackle debt.
1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany|
2. Dilma Rousseff, President, Brazil|
3. Melinda Gates, Cochair, Gates Foundation|
4. Michelle Obama, First Lady, USA|
5. Hillary Clinton, Politician, USA|
Madagascar's new president has taken office. Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s inauguration was marred by an explosion afterward that killed one person and wounded dozens after the ceremony.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his country's ban on gay "propaganda" does not target homosexuals. The law has sparked outrage in the West in the run up to the February Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Many artists in the hip-hop scene are considered homophobic, yet several American rappers have begun speaking out in support of gay rights. Now their German counterparts seem to be adopting a more tolerant approach.
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