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Uganda lawmakers to vote on reinstating anti-gay law after legal defeat

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Ugandan lawmakers will vote on reinstating a severe anti-gay law just weeks after it was scrapped by the country’s constitutional court, the parliamentary speaker said on Tuesday.

The six-month-old law had meant that homosexuals could be jailed for life. It was popular domestically, but was branded draconian and “abominable” by rights groups and was overturned on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1.

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Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga said she expected the bill would be re-introduced when it returns from its summer break, probably later this month.

“There is enthusiasm among the members of parliament. Over 200 members have signed the petition to re-table it,” Kadaga told AFP on Tuesday.

“By these numbers it is a sign it will be passed overwhelmingly,” she added.

The new petition also calls for the process to be sped up, bypassing normal parliamentary rules that require the law to be reintroduced from scratch — a potentially lengthy process.

The legislation, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, also outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.

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Judges ruled it had been passed in December without the necessary quorum of lawmakers in parliament.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda and punishable by a jail sentence, even without the tough new law.

Uganda’s attorney general said last week that an appeal against the constitutional court ruling had also been lodged at the Supreme Court.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany, and Western nations have frozen or redirected millions of dollars of government aid in response.

Critics have accused Museveni of drumming up homophobia to boost his support ahead of a presidential election scheduled for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power.

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag

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Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.

During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.

While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.

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WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.

Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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