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Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

By Laura Mills, Vladimir Isachenkov | Feb 28
Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

Madonna Denounces Rise of Far Right in Europe

Feb 27
Madonna is lamenting a rise in anti-Semitism and far right politics in France and Europe, re-igniting the anger of France's increasingly popular National Front party.

Kazakhstan Senate Approves 'Gay Propaganda' Measure

By Jason St. Amand | Feb 27
Kazakhstan's senate approved of a draft bill similar to Russia's infamous and highly controversial "homosexuality propaganda" law that bans "non-traditional sexual orientation."

Aggressive Cuban HIV Strain Becomes AIDS in Three Years

By EDGE | Feb 27
A new study published in EBioMedicine reveals an aggressive new strain of HIV in Cuba, which can develop into AIDS within three years of infection.

South Korean Court Abolishes Law Criminalizing Adultery

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Feb 26
A South Korean court on Thursday abolished a 62-year-old law that criminalized extramarital affairs, and the stock price of a prominent condom maker immediately shot up 15 percent.

Anti-Gay Irish Marriage Group: Homosexuality Causes Cancer

By Jason St. Amand | Feb 26
Members of an anti-gay marriage group based in Ireland have been handing out pamphlets that claim gay men and women die younger than their straight counterparts, are susceptible to cancer and are more likely to abuse children.

State Department Names First Global Envoy for LGBT Rights

Feb 23
The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas.

Obama Open to Changes to Military Authority Against IS

By Nedra Pickler | Feb 23
President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops.

Philippine Court Enters Not-Guilty Plea for US Marine

By Jim Gomez | Feb 23
A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea Monday for a U.S. Marine charged with the murder of a transgender Filipino, who authorities say he killed after finding out her gender when they checked into a motel.

U.S. Protection of Gay Iraqis Questioned

By Heather Cassell | Feb 21
A dozen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the government is reluctant to let LGBT Americans know what it was doing to protect gay Iraqis at the height of the violence against them.

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