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Hundreds of thousands march for Pride in Rome, await Lady Gaga

ROME (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people paraded through central Rome in a gay pride parade on Saturday, with many criticising Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government for failing to grant same-sex rights. “I want to tell the world, Europe and above all Italy, which is a bit closed, that…

Weiner exchanged private messages with 17-year-old Delaware girl

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) confirmed that he had exchanged at least five private messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware this spring, The New York Times reported. Though copies of the messages were not provided, both a Weiner spokeswoman and an anonymous member of the girl’s family said that…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Muslim Brotherhood to expel Egyptian presidential candidates

CAIRO — A senior official of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday that the group would expel any member who runs for president, after a leading Brotherhood reformer was quoted as saying he might stand. Abdel Moneim Abolfotouh, a former member of the Islamist group’s politburo, told the Al-Shorouk newspaper…

Israel becomes CERN nuclear group member

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s cabinet on Sunday announced it had approved the country’s membership in the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, becoming the research group’s first non-European delegation. “Israel is joining an exclusive club, which provides unusual visibility, exposure, prestige and international status,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in announcing…

CA GOP official sent picture of Obama as chimp, didn’t think it was racist

Marilyn Davenport, an elected member of the Orange County Republican Party central committee, said she doesn’t think a photoshopped image she sent of President Barack Obama’s superimposed on a chimpanzee’s body is racist. She sent the emailed the picture of Obama and two chimp parents to friends Friday, with the…

Italian activist killed in Gaza after kidnap

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A radical Islamist group hanged an Italian activist on Friday hours after kidnapping him in Gaza, Hamas said, as Rome denounced the “barbaric murder.” The pro-Palestinian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gaza City, the ruling Hamas government said. “The government…

Is Al Jazeera turning a blind eye to Bahrain?

DUBAI (Reuters) – Pan-Arab broadcasters who played a key role reporting Arab uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are helping dynastic rulers police the gates of the Gulf to stop the revolts from spreading on their patch, analysts say. Qatar-based Al Jazeera, the leading Arabic language network, was pivotal in keeping…

Mexican police arrest cartel member in probe of U.S. customs agent’s murder

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexican police have captured a member of the Zetas drug cartel who allegedly participated in a February attack on US customs agents that left one dead, officials said. Jose Manuel Garcia Soto was arrested on Saturday in the northern state of San Luis Potosi, the Secretariat…

GOP welfare bill mostly harms poor children: hunger-relief group

WASHINGTON – A hunger-relief group expressed deep concerns with a House GOP bill that would cap spending on food stamps, fearing it would target the least well-off and disproportionately harm children. “We’re very concerned that the food stamps provisions take us in exactly the wrong direction given the economic climate…

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