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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 [...]

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament. [...]

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Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

Monday, March 17, 2014
Yelena Mizulina
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay propaganda law last year. [...]

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA -- The founder of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by Russian law enforcement to be hiding in Cuba. [...]

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Dozens march in Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride rally

Saturday, May 25, 2013
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KIEV, Ukraine — At least 50 gay rights activists have marched peacefully in the country's first gay rally despite a court ban and attempts to disrupt the event. [...]

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Court cancels Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride event

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Efrem Lukatsky, APActivists of a gay flash mob throw balloons into the air marking International Day Against Homophobia in Kiev, Ukraine, last week.
KIEV, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian court on Thursday banned what would have been Ukraine's first-ever gay pride demonstration, upholding a suit by city authorities, who argued the rally would disturb annual Kiev Day celebrations and could spark violence. [...]

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