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World Takes Action as New Variant Emerges in Southern Africa

World Takes Action as New Variant Emerges in Southern Africa

By Raf Casert | Nov 26, 2021

A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant.

Afghan Girl From Famous Cover Portrait Is Evacuated To Italy

Afghan Girl From Famous Cover Portrait Is Evacuated To Italy

Nov 26, 2021

National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday.

Chinese Fashion Photographer In Dior Controversy Apologizes

Chinese Fashion Photographer In Dior Controversy Apologizes

By Zen Soo and Huizhong Wu | Nov 25, 2021

A renowned Chinese fashion photographer has apologized for her past work after online critics called it insulting to the Chinese people and fashion house Dior removed one of her photos from a show in Shanghai.

Will Russian Lawmakers Ban Same-Sex Scenes in Movies, TV?

Will Russian Lawmakers Ban Same-Sex Scenes in Movies, TV?

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 24, 2021

Lawmakers in Russia are poised to consider fresh restrictions on movies and television when it comes to suggestions of same-sex relationships, with one comparing such content to "pornography."

Chile Congress Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Adoptions

Chile Congress Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Adoptions

By Eva Vergara | Nov 24, 2021

A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile's Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final adoption. It had already passed the Senate.

Watch: Santa Is Gay and Crushing in Viral Norwegian Christmas Ad

Watch: Santa Is Gay and Crushing in Viral Norwegian Christmas Ad

By Emell Adolphus | Nov 23, 2021

For the third year, Posten (The Norwegian Postal Service) is subverting the classic Christmas tales with a bold statement.

A Call for Companies to Engage in Global LGBTQ Corporate Responsibility

A Call for Companies to Engage in Global LGBTQ Corporate Responsibility

Nov 23, 2021

Multinational corporations have a responsibility to advocate for LGBTQ human rights around the world, one researcher suggests.

WHO Europe Warns of Possible Surge in COVID Deaths

WHO Europe Warns of Possible Surge in COVID Deaths

Nov 23, 2021

WHO Europe's projections show the 53-country region could face another 700,000 COVID-related deaths by spring.

Brit Awards Scrap Separate Male, Female Prize Categories

Brit Awards Scrap Separate Male, Female Prize Categories

Nov 22, 2021

The organizers of the Brit Awards announced Monday they are scrapping separate male and female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music prizes more inclusive.

Formula One Champ Lewis Hamilton Plans on Advocating LGBTQ+ Rights in Qatar

Formula One Champ Lewis Hamilton Plans on Advocating LGBTQ+ Rights in Qatar

Nov 21, 2021

Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton plans on showcasing LGBTQ+ equality in Qatar this weekend when he competes in the country's first Grand Prix on Sunday,

Watch: Gaga Calls Defeat of Italy's Anti-LGBTQ Violence Bill a 'Total Disaster'

Watch: Gaga Calls Defeat of Italy's Anti-LGBTQ Violence Bill a 'Total Disaster'

By Emell Adolphus | Nov 21, 2021

Lady Gaga calls the defeat of bill that would have made violence against women and LGBTQ people a hate crime a "total disaster."

Saudi Critic's Fiancee Urges Justin Bieber to Cancel F1 Show

Saudi Critic's Fiancee Urges Justin Bieber to Cancel F1 Show

By Aya Batrawy | Nov 21, 2021

Pop star Justin Bieber is facing growing calls to cancel his concert in Saudi Arabia next month as the fiancee of slain Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi joined a chorus of voices on Sunday urging him not to perform at the kingdom's Formula One race.

A Year to Go, Qatar World Cup Still Feels Heat of Scrutiny

A Year to Go, Qatar World Cup Still Feels Heat of Scrutiny

Nov 21, 2021

The 2022 World Cup has been preserved after fending off hostility from neighbors, corruption investigations and concerns about worker abuses.

Sparks Fly as Neutral Pronoun Included in French Dictionary

Sparks Fly as Neutral Pronoun Included in French Dictionary

By Thomas Adamson | Nov 18, 2021

It's a neutral pronoun that's proving anything but: A non-binary pronoun added to an esteemed French dictionary has ignited a fierce linguistic squabble in the country.

WHO: Europe is Only Region with Increasing COVID Deaths

WHO: Europe is Only Region with Increasing COVID Deaths

Nov 17, 2021

The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in the last week.

Swiss Government: Same-Sex Couples can Marry Starting July 1

Swiss Government: Same-Sex Couples can Marry Starting July 1

Nov 17, 2021

Switzerland's executive body announced Wednesday that same-sex couples can get married starting on July 1 next year, making good on the resounding support Swiss voters expressed in a referendum.

MTV EMAs Show in Hungary Highlights Support for LGBTQ People

MTV EMAs Show in Hungary Highlights Support for LGBTQ People

Nov 15, 2021

The 2021 MTV European Music Awards show in Hungary was a ceremony that was both a celebration of the year's biggest musical artists and a statement of support for LGBTQ people in the event's host country.

Japan's Former Princess Leaves for US With Commoner Husband

Japan's Former Princess Leaves for US With Commoner Husband

By Yuri Kageyama | Nov 14, 2021

A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart arrived in New York on Sunday, as the couple pursued happiness as newlyweds and left behind a nation that has criticized their romance.

Italian City Defies China, Opens Exhibit by Dissident Artist

Italian City Defies China, Opens Exhibit by Dissident Artist

By Charlene Pele | Nov 14, 2021

A provocative exhibit by dissident Chinese artist Badiucao opened Saturday in the industrial northern Italian city of Brescia despite pressure from the Chinese embassy in Rome to cancel it.

Anti-Racism Activists Stage Demo Against Dutch 'Black Pete'

Anti-Racism Activists Stage Demo Against Dutch 'Black Pete'

Nov 13, 2021

About 100 anti-racism protesters chanted "Kick Out Black Pete" Saturday at an event where children could meet the Dutch version of Santa Claus and his controversial sidekick.

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