Beauty and the police: Police and Islamic officials arrested 50 people who were taking part in a transvestite beauty contest in Malaysia. All except five non-Muslims were charged with the religious offence of wearing women's clothes and acting like women in a public place.
Safe sex-change: France has granted political asylum to an Algerian transsexual on the grounds that he or she faced persecution from both sides in the current strife in Algeria.
Mickey Mouse marriage: On Sunday, Walt Disney World in Florida celebrated its 10,000th wedding at the theme park. Weddings there are currently running at 2,300 a year.