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South Africa appoints first openly gay cabinet minister
By May 27, 2014 Read More →

South Africa appoints first openly gay cabinet minister

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has appointed the country’s first openly gay cabinet minister, thought also to be a first in Africa and a symbolic step on a continent enduring a homophobic backlash. Lynne Brown becomes the public enterprises minister in a cabinet that also includes South Africa’s first black minister of finance. By David Smith, Africa correspondent […]

South Africa elects first openly gay MP
By May 27, 2014 Read More →

South Africa elects first openly gay MP

On May 21st, 2014, 29 year old South African politician Zakhele Mbhele was officially sworn into office as a member of the nation’s parliament. “I know what it means as a historical milestone but I’m not walking around thinking of myself as the first openly gay black MP in Africa or singularly defining myself by […]

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McDonald’s vacates headquarters due to worker protests
By May 25, 2014 Read More →

McDonald’s vacates headquarters due to worker protests

Thousands of protesters marched on a McDonald’s campus that houses its Hamburger University training facility, demanding higher wages for workers. The site of the planned protest was changed after McDonald’s vacated its headquarters in the US state of Illinois after consulting with police. Protesters want the fast food giant pay a minimum wage of $15 […]

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Dominican Republic lawmakers pass citizenship bill
By May 25, 2014 Read More →

Dominican Republic lawmakers pass citizenship bill

The Dominican senate has unanimously approved a bill which will set up a system to grant citizenship to Dominican-born children of immigrants. The bill had already been approved by the lower house on Friday. It was proposed by the president after the country’s highest court ruled last year that the children of undocumented migrants were […]

Anti-LGBT Abuses Continue In Uganda, Under Harsh New Laws
By May 20, 2014 Read More →

Anti-LGBT Abuses Continue In Uganda, Under Harsh New Laws

Anti-LGBT Abuses Continue In Uganda, Under Harsh New Laws By Nathan James Abusive acts, violence, and economic disenfranchisement are “accelerating” in Uganda, according to human-rights watchdog groups, in the wake of sweeping new laws passed earlier this year that criminalize homosexuality in the central African country. President Yoweri Museveni signed the “Anti-Homosexuality Act” into law […]

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World’s Biggest Election: Indian Narendra Modi hails ‘landmark’ win
By May 16, 2014 Read More →

World’s Biggest Election: Indian Narendra Modi hails ‘landmark’ win

Incoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed a “landmark” election victory by his BJP party. Thanking supporters in his own constituency in his home state of Gujarat, Mr Modi said they had written a new chapter in the country’s history. Votes counted so far suggest the BJP is on course for the most resounding […]

Landmark Desegregation Ruling Marks 60th Anniversary
By May 16, 2014 Read More →

Landmark Desegregation Ruling Marks 60th Anniversary

WASHINGTON — Sixty years ago, the highest court in the United States changed the face of education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. By Deborah Block At the time of the ruling many school systems — especially in the southern states — had separate […]

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Cameroon Concerned About Boko Haram Violence
By May 13, 2014 Read More →

Cameroon Concerned About Boko Haram Violence

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Kidnappings, an influx of refugees and an increase fighting and criminal acts in Cameroon’s border communities have raised concerns about Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency. Cameroonians in northern communities that share a boundary with Nigeria’s Borno state, the base of the Boko Haram militant group, are worried the violent group has extended its […]

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Clay Aiken opponent Keith Crisco dies in fall
By May 13, 2014 Read More →

Clay Aiken opponent Keith Crisco dies in fall

A man vying against one-time American Idol star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination for a seat in the US Congress has died suddenly. Keith Crisco, 71, was preparing to concede the party primary election to Mr Aiken when he fell at his home in North Carolina, local media reported. Mr Aiken led by fewer than 400 votes out of nearly 28,500 cast on 6 May.

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Latin America’s LGBTI Movement Celebrates Triumphs, Sets New Goals
By May 10, 2014 Read More →

Latin America’s LGBTI Movement Celebrates Triumphs, Sets New Goals

VARADERO, Cuba – Although it might not seem to be, Latin America is the most active region in the world when it comes to the defence of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. That is due to the maturity and intelligent strategies that the LGBTI movement has come up with […]