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Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

Canada reduces waiting period for gay men to donate blood

Ottawa - Canada has loosened requirements for gay men who want to donate blood, reducing the compulsory period of sexual abstinence from five years to one year.

Orlando shooter claimed attack with 'chilling calm': FBI

Miami - Orlando gunman Omar Mateen acted with "chilling calm" in phone calls made at the height of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, styling himself an "Islamic soldier" and warning of more bloodshed to come, officials said.

Op-Ed: How did Orlando nightclub shooter escape FBI scrutiny?

Fort Pierce - Even if nothing more than misery and alarm comes from last week's mass shooting in a Florida nightclub, at least U.S. law enforcement will have to stop taking bows over keeping the country safe from terrorism.

Tens of thousands attend Orlando vigil

Washington - Tens of thousands of people took part in a candlelight vigil in downtown Orlando to remember victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub one week ago.

'Limited transcripts' of Orlando shooters exchanges with police to be released: Lynch

Washington - US authorities will release "limited transcripts" Monday of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen and police negotiators' telephone conversations during his attack at a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday.

Gay Pride prouder and louder after Orlando attacks

Vienna - Tens of thousands of Europeans paid tribute in Gay Pride marches on Saturday to the 49 people massacred in a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend in a defiantly festive atmosphere.

Obama says easy access to weapons 'unconscionable'

Washington - Renewing his call to reduce gun violence, President Barack Obama characterized easy access to weapons as "unconscionable" Saturday, less than a week after the worst mass shooting in US history.

Orlando buries its dead in wake of gay club massacre

Miami - Orlando turned to burying its dead, with funerals for at least five of the 49 people killed in a massacre at a gay nightclub -- the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Semi-automatic rifles a common denominator in U.S. mass shootings

Washington - The mass shootings that regularly stun America often share an important feature: the gunmen used military-style assault rifles designed to kill many people in a very short time.

Istanbul bans gay pride march on security grounds

Istanbul - The authorities in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Friday banned an annual gay pride march planned for later this month, citing security and public order fears.

Kenya rules anal tests on 'gay suspects' legal

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Thursday threw out a bid to outlaw anal examinations on people suspected to be gay, a practice that has been criticised by rights activists.

In Orlando killer's hometown, Muslims endure slurs, insults

Fort Pierce - Since the Orlando massacre, the small Muslim community of Fort Pierce, Florida -- the killer's hometown -- has found itself the target of hate-filled insults and abuse."Scumbags!

US Senate to vote on gun control as Trump softens stance

Washington - US Democrats claimed victory Thursday after a nearly 15-hour filibuster persuaded the Senate to vote on legislation barring terror suspects from buying firearms, as Donald Trump signalled he could modulate his gun rights stance and back such a move.

Orlando massacre raises fears for vital tourism industry

Orlando - The highway from Orlando International Airport into town hums with cars and buses full of families from around the world giddy over the prospect of having fun at Disney World and other theme parks.

Obama slams Trump's 'loose talk' on Muslims

Washington - President Barack Obama assailed Donald Trump and the Republican party for "loose talk" and anti-Muslim rhetoric Tuesday, warning that their populist election message was dangerous and un-American.

Orlando attack highlights challenges for Hispanic gays

Orlando - Angel Garmendiz lost 11 friends when a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, slaughtering revelers who had just been dancing and cheering on a drag queen competition.

Obama to Orlando gay community: 'You are not alone'

Orlando - US President Barack Obama voiced solidarity with the LGBT community after the shooting rampage at an Orlando gay nightclub, calling the gunman an "angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized.

French president slammed over gay 'gaffe'

Paris - French media mocked President Francois Hollande on Tuesday after he described sexual orientation as "a choice", in his reaction to the Orlando gay nightclub massacre, comments that had provoked outrage on social media.

UN rights chief urges U.S. to introduce arms controls

Geneva - The UN's human rights chief on Tuesday called on the United States to bring in "robust gun regulation" in order to prevent the kind of mass killing seen in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.

Gunman in Orlando gay club shooting was a regular: Report

Orlando - The gunman who massacred 49 people at the Pulse club in Orlando was himself a regular at the gay nightspot, four clubgoers told the Orlando Sentinel.

Candles, tears and song at Orlando vigil for massacre victims

Orlando - A gay chorus sang, candles flickered against the twilight sky and rainbow flags fluttered as thousands in Orlando came together for the first major vigil in memory of the 49 people killed in America's worst mass shooting.

Orlando massacre a deadly reminder of anti-gay hatred

Washington - The massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida comes at a difficult time for the LGBT community in the United States, which is still facing violent bigotry even as their civil rights have been significantly reinforced.

Thousands rally in New York for Orlando victims

New York - Thousands of people gathered at the birthplace in New York of the gay rights movement Monday to honor the Orlando victims, demand tolerance and call for tighter gun control.

Orlando gay men angry they can't donate blood after massacre

Orlando - As they mourn friends and partners murdered in the gay nightclub massacre, homosexual men in Orlando are eager to join in the rush of solidarity by donating blood for those victims still clinging to life.

Trump, Clinton clash in wake of Orlando attack

Manchester - The Orlando massacre has exposed some of the sharpest contrasts yet between America's presidential rivals, with Hillary Clinton on Monday warning against demagoguery and rival Donald Trump declaring prospective immigrants from some nations persona non ...

UN council condemns Orlando attacks after some haggling

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned the Orlando attacks in a unanimous statement after some haggling with Russia and Egypt over a reference to the targeting of gays.

World's gay communities rally after Orlando attack

London - Crowds flocked to vigils around the world in shock at the shooting of dozens of Florida club-goers in the deadliest ever attack on the gay rights movement.

Russian gay couple 'arrested for Orlando tribute'

Moscow - A Russian gay couple were arrested Monday while trying to leave a tribute outside the US embassy in Moscow to victims of the Orlando shooting rampage, the RBK newspaper reported.

Trump would 'suspend immigration' from nations with terror history

Manchester - White House hopeful Donald Trump vowed Monday to "suspend immigration" from nations with links to terror attacks targeting the United States or its allies, one day after a Florida nightclub massacre.
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