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Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization

Mexico - Thousands of people marched throughout Mexico Saturday to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto's initiative to legalize gay marriage.

Uganda gay pride postponed after minister threats

Kanpala - A gay pride parade in the Ugandan capital planned for the weekend has been postponed after a government minister was accused of saying mob attacks on participants would be their own fault.

Amsterdam boosts security for Gay Pride canal parade

Den Haag - Special forces will be deployed in Amsterdam on Saturday when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the annual Gay Pride parade along its famous canals, police said.

Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride under police guard

Jerusalem - Thousands of revellers attended Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade under heavy police protection on Thursday, a year after an ultra-Orthodox Jew killed a teenager at the march.

Homophobia up in Mexico after gay marriage push: NGO

- Homophobia has surged in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in May, a gay rights group said Tuesday, reporting 26 hate-fueled murders this year.

Trudeau becomes first Canadian PM to march in Toronto Pride parade

Montr - Justin Trudeau made history Sunday by marching with tens of thousands of people in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, becoming the country's first sitting prime minister to participate.

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Cologne - Hundreds of thousands of people joined the Gay Pride parade in western Germany on Sunday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and honouring the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Christians should apologise to gay people: Pope Francis

Rome - Pope Francis said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

US parades celebrate Gay Pride, honor Orlando victims

New York - Hundreds of thousands of people from New York to San Francisco marched to celebrate gay pride, honor those killed in the Florida gay nightclub massacre, and promote tolerance.

Jewish man who stabbed Jerusalem Gay Pride marchers sentenced to life

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding others during a stabbing spree at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.

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.
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