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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern Australian city of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday...

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Macedonia to consider constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendments to effectively ban same-sex marriage. Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to begin the amendment process proposed by the governing conservatives, who with their political allies already have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to approve the change...

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Croatia approves civil partnerships for same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
ZAGREB, Croatia -- The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The Life Partnership Act, approved by the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption.

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Italian mayor wants to ban public kissing between same-sex couples

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gianluca Buonanno
The mayor of the town of Borgosesia in northern Italy, says he wants to ban public displays of affection between members of the same-sex. Gianluca Buonanno, a member of the Italian parliament for the right-wing Northern League party, has proposed that same-sex couples who kiss in public be fined 500 Euros (about $680 USD).

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No charges for man who attacked politician because there were no injuries

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- A man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek by spraying butyric acid on her at Vienna's LGBT pride parade last month, will not face charges because no injuries were sustained. While the suspect has been identified, yet remains at large, prosecutors say he will not be charged, as no one was injured.

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Former Italian Prime Minister comes out in support of LGBT rights

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a rare public statement Sunday indicating his support of LGBT rights, according to Italian media reports. “The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,” Berlusconi said, according to La Repubblica.

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Mayor, diplomats join LGBT pride festival in Thessaloniki, Greece

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Gay activists take part in only the 3rd ever LGBT pride parade, in Thessaloniki, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The 2-day festival  included a march around the center of this northern Greek city and will culminate in an open-air concert Saturday night.
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Police say more than 6,000 people have marched through the streets of Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, in its third gay pride parade. Taking part was Mayor Yiannis Boutaris and the consuls of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Portugal.

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Luxembourg legislature votes to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Luxembourg's legislature voted Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, making the tiny country the eleventh in Europe to allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. The measure passed in the Chamber of Deputies by a vote of 56-4 after a petition by opponents failed to gain the required 4,500 signatures.

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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade.

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the Christian Democrats.

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