India Mourns The Death Of A Beloved Actress-Turned-Politician
Jayaram Jayalalithaa helped fund food canteens, gave away food mixers and provided free laptops to school children.
Thousands of people in India are mourning the death of one of the country's most popular politicians: Jayaram Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa was an actress, starring in over 100 films, but she decided to get into politics in the 1980s.
As an actress and as a politician she was beloved by her supporters, who sometimes showed their devotion by walking on hot coals or prostrating themselves before her. And that loyalty was evident during her funeral procession Tuesday.
Jayalalithaa gained popularity through populist programs, like funding food canteens, giving away food mixers and providing free laptops to school children. She was also the state's first female opposition leader and worked to make the assembly safer for women.
There were dark spots in her political career, though. In 2014, Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in prison on a corruption charge, but that sentence was overturned just a year later. Even the conviction didn't hurt her popularity.
Jayalalithaa served five terms as chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She died Monday after suffering a heart attack the day before.
Philippine ferry fire kills 31 people; at least 7 missing
Many of the 200 people who survived jumped off the ferry and were rescued from the dark sea by the coast guard, navy and local fishermen.
Should we be nervous about North Korea's nuclear weapon tests?
Experts share whether there's a current threat from North Korea, as it has been publicly attempting to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Pakistani police storm home of former PM Khan, arrest 61
Police broke open the door of Khan's residence and found automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails, iron rods and batons used in attacks on cops that week.
Endangered North Atlantic right whale still entangled in Cape Cod Bay
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered large whale species in the world, with only about 350 remaining in existence.
Sen. Fetterman discharged from Walter Reed after depression treatment
The 53-year-old is still recovering from the aftereffects of the stroke he suffered last May.
Student calls for gun control, says school shootings are an 'epidemic'
Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday to plead for gun control.