A passenger checks his cellphone while boarding a flight in Boston. The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules to allow using cellphones for data and voice calls during airline flights.
Americans will soon have a chance to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to allow in-flight cellphone use on commercial airliners. The agency is holding an open meeting today at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss rules that would allow voice calls while jetliners are in the air — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, center, is greeted by lawyers in Islamabad, Pakistan, after the government announced to reinstate him, on Mar. 16, 2009. Pakistan's longest-serving chief justice challenged the status quo and fought to chart a more assertive and independent course for the country's judiciary.
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Pakistani policemen escort newly identified missing persons as they leave the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, on Dec. 7. One of Chaudhry's final efforts before his retirement was delving into the issue of "missing persons" — people who "disappeared" after being taken away by the country's powerful security agencies.
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Pakistani lawyers hold portraits of deposed Chief Justice Chaudhry as they chant slogans against then-President Pervez Musharraf during a rally demanding the restoration of all deposed judges, on Aug. 7, 2008, in Karachi, Pakistan.
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World leaders gathered to remember Nelson Mandela this week. But critics say there were some major social blunders made by President Obama, like taking 'selfies' and shaking hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Host Michel Martin asks Dorothea Johnson of The Protocol School of Washington, about head of state etiquette.
India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that gay sex is illegal, four years after the ban was struck down by a lower court. For more on the ruling and how Indians are reacting, host Michel Martin checks in with journalist and LGBT commentator Sandip Roy.
Loretta Fuddy, a Hawaiian health official who in 2011 was briefly in the national spotlight when she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate and authorized the release of information about it, died Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.