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Pope’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks ignite questions about ‘bunga bunga’ scene

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis’s claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See’s walls. The new pope’s private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which…

Egyptians flood streets to demand President Mursi’s resignation

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that opposition leaders hope will number into the millions by evening and persuade Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to resign. Waving national flags, tens of thousands gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, seat of the 2011 uprising against his predecessor…

Gay marriage opponents ask California court to reinstate ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony. Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples…

President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell

President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon. The US leader will fly to Cape Town and then visit the…

More than 80,000 march for gay pride in Mexico City

Clad in colorful costumes — or nothing at all — more than 80,000 people participated in Mexico City’s gay pride march, officials said. Amid the procession of people dressed as butterflies, clowns and Indian warriors, were a dozen floats, including one featuring topless transsexuals dancing. “This is our way to…

United Nations: Revised guidelines on HIV show millions need earlier drug treatment

Nearly 10 million more people infected with the AIDS virus now meet medical standards for receiving HIV drugs, according to revised UN guidelines released on Sunday, which experts say could avert 6.5 million deaths or new infections by 2025. But achieving this goal will be a challenge, as it will…

British parliament budgets $150,000 to refurbish two toilets

The British parliament is to spend up to £100,000 (120,000 euros, $150,000) on refurbishing two toilets used by members of the House of Lords and guests, it emerged on Sunday. A contract put out to tender by the House of Commons authorities says the toilets, installed in 1937, have not…

Vanderbilt suspends four football players amid sex crime investigation

Vanderbilt University football players suspended in sex crimes investigation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Vanderbilt University has dismissed four football players from the team and suspended them from the university as the result of a sex crimes investigation. A statement on the school’s web site says only that the four…

Anti-government protests continue in Istanbul

Thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday to protest against the harsh police treatment of demonstrators whose anti-government rallies have rocked the country for nearly a month. Riot police blocked off the centre of the square, the symbolic heart of the nationwide protest movement, for some two hours as…

Croatia to join European Union on Sunday

By Zoran Radosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union at midnight on Sunday, a milestone that caps the Adriatic republic’s recovery from war but is tinged with anxiety over the state of the economy and the bloc it joins. EU flags fluttered from a…

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