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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
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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
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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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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament will support him...

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

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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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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Toronto mayor Rob Ford casts lone vote against LGBT homeless shelter proposal

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford was the lone member of the Toronto city council to vote against a proposal to examine the need for additional shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Toronto. The measure passed by Thursday by a vote of 37-1, reported the CBC.

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

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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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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Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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SINGAPORE -- A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles. The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore...

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Same-sex dancers decry proposed UK ballroom ‘ban’

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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LONDON -- It takes two to tango - but does a same-sex couple qualify? Britain's governing body of ballroom dancing has stirred controversy by proposing to change the definition of a competing partnership to be "one man and one lady" - a move that equality advocates and same-sex dancers called discriminatory Friday. The world of competitive ballroom ...

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Uganda court rules against activists who said official violated their rights

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Uganda court on Wednesday ruled against a group of gay rights activists who sued a Ugandan official they say violated their rights. Justice Stephen Musota ruled against four LGBT activists who had sued the ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, for shutting down a February 2012 workshop. Musota said the workshop participants....

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