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Vietnamese Factory Raid Reveals 300K Used Condoms Sold as New

Vietnamese Factory Raid Reveals 300K Used Condoms Sold as New

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 25, 2020

Vietnamese police have confiscated over 300,000 used condoms that had been repackaged and sold as new.

Nobel Laureate Refuses Local Honor Over Poland's LGBT 'Rift'

Nobel Laureate Refuses Local Honor Over Poland's LGBT 'Rift'

Sep 25, 2020

Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk has declined an honorary citizenship from the region of Poland where she lives because she would have had to share the honor with a Roman Catholic bishop who has made hostile comments about the LGBT community.

Virus Disrupts Rio's Carnival for First Time in a Century

Virus Disrupts Rio's Carnival for First Time in a Century

By Marcelo de Sousa | Sep 25, 2020

A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won't be held in February.

'Are People to Be Left to Die?' Vaccine Pleas Fill UN Summit

'Are People to Be Left to Die?' Vaccine Pleas Fill UN Summit

By Cara Anna | Sep 24, 2020

If the United Nations was created from the ashes of World War II, what will be born from the global crisis of COVID-19?

UK's Johnson Slams Brakes on Reopening as COVID Cases Surge

UK's Johnson Slams Brakes on Reopening as COVID Cases Surge

By Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless | Sep 22, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has slammed the brakes on the country's return to offices, saying people should work from home if possible, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Coronavirus Cases

By Frank Jordans | Sep 21, 2020

Political pressure grew Monday in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies.

Why Australia Needs a National Ban on Conversion Therapy

Why Australia Needs a National Ban on Conversion Therapy

Sep 20, 2020

In recent weeks, Queensland and the ACT became the first Australian jurisdictions to ban conversion therapy but a national approach is needed.

Sweden Spared Surge of Virus Cases but Many Questions Remain

Sweden Spared Surge of Virus Cases but Many Questions Remain

By David Keyton | Sep 20, 2020

When most of Europe locked down their populations early in the pandemic by closing schools, restaurants, gyms and even borders, Swedes kept enjoying many freedoms.

Rights Group: More than 300 Detained at Minsk Women's March

Rights Group: More than 300 Detained at Minsk Women's March

By Yuras Karmanau | Sep 20, 2020

Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignation, arresting more than 300.

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

By Stan Choe | Sep 20, 2020

President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his "blessing" to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he's targeted for national security and data privacy concerns.

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 19, 2020

Pope Francis met with approximately 40 parents of LGBTQ children on Wednesday and said "the Church loves your children as they are, because they are children of God."

Police Clash with Anti-Lockdown Protesters in London

Police Clash with Anti-Lockdown Protesters in London

Sep 19, 2020

Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally organized by opponents of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 19, 2020

Saudi Arabia has allowed Netflix to stream LGBTQ-centric series "Queer Eye" and "Orange is the New Black" over what Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings as a "troubling compromise."

 US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

By Tali Arbel, Matt O'brien and Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

'This is a Big Moment': UK Virus Restrictions Escalating

'This is a Big Moment': UK Virus Restrictions Escalating

By Pan Pylas | Sep 18, 2020

Fresh nationwide lockdown restrictions in England appear to be on the cards soon as the British government targeted more areas Friday in an attempt to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections.

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

By Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns.

Germany Apologizes for Past Military Anti-Gay Discrimination

Germany Apologizes for Past Military Anti-Gay Discrimination

By Geir Moulson | Sep 17, 2020

Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000.

Official Says Polish 'LGBT-Free Zones' Have No Place in EU

Official Says Polish 'LGBT-Free Zones' Have No Place in EU

Sep 16, 2020

A top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland, saying on Wednesday that "LGBT-free zones" that have been declared in parts of the country have no place in the EU.

John Boyega Quits Perfume Ambassador Role Over Chinese Ad

John Boyega Quits Perfume Ambassador Role Over Chinese Ad

Sep 15, 2020

Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created.

Italian Man Accused of Killing Sister because She was Dating a Trans Man

Italian Man Accused of Killing Sister because She was Dating a Trans Man

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15, 2020

An Italian man has been accused of killing his 18-year-old sister in a rage because she was dating a transgender man. The suspect told authorities that he "wanted to teach her a lesson."

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