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Desmond Tutu urges Uganda president to reject anti-gay bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Schalk van Zuydam, APDesmond Tutu.
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations.

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Russian court dismisses case against journalist who founded LGBT teen support group

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Elena Klimova
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A Russian court on Friday dismissed the case against a freelance journalist who founded an online LGBT teen support group, ruling that it found no evidence that she had been promoting "non-traditional sexual relations."

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Uganda’s president rebuffs U.S. criticism of anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country's controversial anti-gay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law.

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Finland parliament begins debate on bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI, Finland -- The Finnish parliament began debate Thursday on a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage. Should the legislation become law, Finland would become the final Nordic country to pass a law on gender-neutral marriage.

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‘Quiet diplomacy’ faulted for advancement of Africa’s anti-gay laws

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Uganda
DAKAR, Senegal -- Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about legislation that would impose life sentences for some homosexual acts. South African retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined them by phone, pointing out similarities between Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and racist laws enforced under South Africa's former apartheid government.

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Prominent Ugandan doctor, LGBT rights activist detained in South Africa

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dr. Paul Semugoma
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Human rights activists are calling on the South African government to release a prominent Ugandan doctor and LGBT rights activist who is being held in an immigration detention facility at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg pending further deportation proceedings.

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Gambian president promises to ‘fight homosexuals like we fight malaria’

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said Tuesday that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.

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Uganda takes ‘moral’ high ground, dismisses U.S. pressure on anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s government on Tuesday dismissed calls by U.S. President Barack Obama not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying it was determined to protect the country’s “morals” even if that meant losing international aid.

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Mob attacks suspected gays in Nigeria to ‘cleanse’ their neighborhood

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria -- A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday.

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Uganda president to sign bill imposing life in prison for convicted homosexuals

Friday, February 14, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill that imposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, according to a government spokesman.

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