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Lebanon Latest in Mideast to Detect 1st Case of Monkeypox

Lebanon Latest in Mideast to Detect 1st Case of Monkeypox

Jun 21, 2022

Lebanon's Health Ministry said Monday authorities have detected the country's first case of monkeypox in a person who returned from abroad and is now isolating at home.

Japan Court Says Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

Japan Court Says Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

By Mari Yamaguchi | Jun 20, 2022

A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated.

Malaysia: Disney Refused to Cut Gay Scenes in 'Lightyear'

Malaysia: Disney Refused to Cut Gay Scenes in 'Lightyear'

Jun 20, 2022

Malaysia's film censors said Friday that it was Disney's decision to ax the animated film "Lightyear" from the country's cinemas after refusing to cut scenes promoting homosexuality.

Russian Health Official Flummoxed: Sex Isn't Driving Monkeypox Outbreak

Russian Health Official Flummoxed: Sex Isn't Driving Monkeypox Outbreak

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 18, 2022

A Russian health official seems not to know what to make of the fact that sexual contact isn't the primary driver of the monkeypox outbreak.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Church Leader, 'Forced Adoptions' Targets of New Sanctions on Russia

Anti-LGBTQ+ Church Leader, 'Forced Adoptions' Targets of New Sanctions on Russia

Jun 17, 2022

Britain announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against Russia, targeting the virulently anti-LGBTQ+ head of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine.

Japan Top Court: Govt not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster

Japan Top Court: Govt not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster

By Mari Yamaguchi | Jun 17, 2022

Japan's top court on Friday ruled that the government was not liable for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, dismissing thousands of evacuees' demands that the state pay compensation.

More Muslim Nations Ban Disney's 'Lightyear' Over Lesbian Kiss

More Muslim Nations Ban Disney's 'Lightyear' Over Lesbian Kiss

By Jon Gambrell | Jun 16, 2022

Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film "Lightyear" from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered.

Kevin Spacey 'Strenuously' Denies Sex Charges, Granted Bail

Kevin Spacey 'Strenuously' Denies Sex Charges, Granted Bail

Jun 16, 2022

Kevin Spacey "strenuously denies" allegations of sexual assault, his lawyer said Thursday, as the Oscar-winning actor appeared in a London court to face five charges of offenses against three men.

Ad Agency Apologizes for 'Pride Whopper' Gaffe

Ad Agency Apologizes for 'Pride Whopper' Gaffe

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 14, 2022

Burger King's Pride edition of its signature hamburger was a whopper, alright... of a botched PR attempt. The ad agency behind the epic blunder has issued an apology.

Kevin Spacey to Face London Court on Sexual Offense Charges

Kevin Spacey to Face London Court on Sexual Offense Charges

Jun 13, 2022

Actor Kevin Spacey has been formally charged with sexual offenses against three men in Britain and is expected to appear in a court in London this week, British police said Monday.

UK Reports 104 More Cases of Monkeypox, Mostly in Men

UK Reports 104 More Cases of Monkeypox, Mostly in Men

Jun 13, 2022

British health officials have detected another 104 cases of monkeypox in England in what has become the biggest outbreak beyond Africa of the normally rare disease.

British Scientists Say it's Unclear if Monkeypox has Peaked

British Scientists Say it's Unclear if Monkeypox has Peaked

By Maria Cheng | Jun 10, 2022

British health officials said they cannot tell if the spread of monkeypox has peaked in the country as they announced another 45 cases Friday, bringing the total in the disease's biggest-ever outbreak beyond Africa to 366 cases.

Pride Parade in Tel Aviv Draws Tens of Thousands

Pride Parade in Tel Aviv Draws Tens of Thousands

By Emily Rose | Jun 10, 2022

Tens of thousands of people attended this year's Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday, celebrating the LGBTQ community and calling for equality in the largest annual gathering of its kind in the Middle East.

Watch: Toronto Locals Drown Out Anti-Gay Street Preacher

Watch: Toronto Locals Drown Out Anti-Gay Street Preacher

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 9, 2022

Now that Pride is back in the streets, so are anti-gay preachers. But denizens of Toronto's gayborhood fought back with love... and Lady Gaga.

Germany Extends Compensation Deadline for Homosexuality Law

Germany Extends Compensation Deadline for Homosexuality Law

Jun 8, 2022

The German government plans to give people prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality that was still enforced zealously long after World War II another five years to seek compensation, the justice minister said Wednesday.

EU Chief Vows No Money for Anti-LGBTQ+ Poland without Judicial Reforms

EU Chief Vows No Money for Anti-LGBTQ+ Poland without Judicial Reforms

By Lorne Cook | Jun 8, 2022

The European Union's chief executive vowed that Poland would get no money from the bloc's pandemic relief fund until the right-wing government rolls back measures limiting judiciary independence.

Spain Honors Penélope Cruz for Contribution to Cinema

Spain Honors Penélope Cruz for Contribution to Cinema

Jun 7, 2022

Penélope Cruz has won one of Spain's top film awards for her contribution to Spanish cinema, the country's ministry of culture said Monday.

UK: 73 New Monkeypox Cases, Biggest Outbreak Outside Africa

UK: 73 New Monkeypox Cases, Biggest Outbreak Outside Africa

By Maria Cheng | Jun 6, 2022

British officials reported 73 more monkeypox cases Monday, raising the total to more than 300 across the country. To date, the U.K. has the biggest identified outbreak of the disease beyond Africa, with the vast majority of cases in gay and bisexual men.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head Escapes EU Sanctions Thanks to Hungary's Homophobic Leader

Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head Escapes EU Sanctions Thanks to Hungary's Homophobic Leader

By Samuel Petrequin | Jun 5, 2022

Thanks to the insistence of Hungary, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has been removed from the latest round of European Union sanctions to punish Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Philippine Volcano Spews Ash and Steam, Alarms Villagers

Philippine Volcano Spews Ash and Steam, Alarms Villagers

Jun 5, 2022

A volcano southeast of the Philippine capital spewed ash and steam about a kilometer (half a mile) into the sky on Sunday, scattering ash on nearby villages and alarming residents, officials said.

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