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People walk under colorful ribbons at a same sex charity event in Bangkok, Thursday, July 9 , 2020. Thailand's Cabinet has approved two draft bills that would give same-sex unions legal status similar to that of heterosexual marriages. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Cabinet approves bills allowing same-sex partnerships

Jul. 9, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved two draft bills that would give same-sex unions legal status similar to that of heterosexual marriages. The draft Civil Partnership Act and amendments of the Civil and Commercial Code will be sent to Parliament soon for approval, deputy government...

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of working group to prepare proposals on amending the Russian Constitution via teleconference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 3, 2020. Almost 78% of voters in Russia have approved amendments to the country's constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, Russian election officials said Thursday after all the votes were counted. Kremlin critics said the vote was rigged. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin orders amendments extending his rule into constitution

Jul. 3, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered amendments that would allow him to remain in power until 2036 to be put into the Russian Constitution after voters approved the changes during a week-long plebiscite. “The amendments come into force. They come into force, without overstating...

German pastor charged with incitement for anti-gay comment

Jul. 2, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen have charged a Protestant pastor with incitement for comments he made about homosexuality, authorities said Thursday. The comments from the pastor, whose name was not released, were made at a seminar in October on the subject of marriage when...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. It’s rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, polling shows dramatic movement in Americans’ opinions on police brutality and racial injustice.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

Jul. 2, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd's death, Americans' opinions about police brutality and racial injustice have moved dramatically. About half of American adults believe police violence against the public is a...

UN says 140 million females `missing' due to son preference

Jun. 30, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 140 million females are considered “missing” today because of a preference for sons over daughters and extreme neglect of young girls leading to their death, the U.N. Population Fund said in its annual report released Tuesday. The agency, known as UNFPA, also...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author Dan Brown arrives for the premiere of the movie

Ex-wife of 'Da Vinci Code' author alleges he led double life

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The ex-wife of “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging the man known for writing about conspiracies and secret societies led a double life during their marriage that included a tryst with a Dutch horse trainer and other affairs. In her lawsuit filed...

President Andrzej Duda flashes victory signs after voting ended in the presidential election in Lowicz, Poland, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The election will test the popularity of incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking a second term, and of the conservative ruling party that backs him. Exit poll shows incumbent Andrzej Duda with most votes in Polish presidential vote, but short of first-round win.(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Polish president attacks LGBT rights as he heads to runoff

Jun. 29, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative president, Andrzej Duda, promised Monday to protect traditional Polish values against LGBT rights after a first-round presidential election that gave him the most votes but forced him into a runoff. Duda's immediate return to a theme that he has raised...

Participants march during the

Taiwan parade celebrates LGBT Pride, island's virus success

Jun. 28, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of thousands of people in the past, but participant numbers...

In this March 2018 photo, Cameron Webb teaches during a section of a health policy class at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. Webb, a political newcomer, says he didn't plan it this way, but his campaign was made for these unprecedented times. With the country gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest, Webb is a Black doctor and lawyer who is the director of health policy and equity at the University of Virginia. “I feel like the moment is one that my campaign is literally built for,

Convincing win in Virginia shows strength of Black vote

Jun. 24, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Political newcomer Cameron Webb says he didn't plan it this way, but his campaign was made for these unprecedented times. With the country gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest, Webb is a Black doctor and lawyer from Charlottesville who is the director of health policy and equity at...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo parade-goers carrying rainbow flags walk down a street during the LBGTQ Pride march in New York, to celebrate five decades of LGBTQ pride, marking the 50th anniversary of the police raid that sparked the modern-day gay rights movement. Democrats flooded Twitter and email inboxes this week with praise for the watershed Supreme Court decision shielding gay, lesbian and transgender people from job discrimination.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

High court decision spotlights GOP divide over LGBT rights

Jun. 17, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats flooded Twitter and email inboxes this week with praise for the watershed Supreme Court decision shielding gay, lesbian and transgender people from job discrimination. Republicans — not so much. The court's 6-3 ruling came just two days after an event that played out in...