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No Shortage of Sanction Options if Russia Invades Ukraine

No Shortage of Sanction Options if Russia Invades Ukraine

By Ellen Knickmeyer | Dec 5, 2021

The Biden administration has plenty of options to make good on its pledge to hit Russia financially if President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine.

From Serbia, Afghan Boxers Seek Refuge, Careers in West

From Serbia, Afghan Boxers Seek Refuge, Careers in West

By Jovana Gec | Dec 5, 2021

Members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in the West, hoping to continue both their careers and their lives without danger or fear.

Gay Couple Attacked with Hammer by Balaclava-Wearing Gang

Gay Couple Attacked with Hammer by Balaclava-Wearing Gang

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 4, 2021

A gang of men wearing balaclavas attacked a gay couple with a hammer in Manchester, England, hurling anti-LGBTQ+ epithets and leaving the victims with broken facial bones.

Traditional Wrestling Continues as a Friday Fixture in Kabul

Traditional Wrestling Continues as a Friday Fixture in Kabul

By Elena Becatoros | Dec 4, 2021

Although the Taliban, who took over Afghanistan in mid-August, had previously banned sports when they ruled the country in the 1990s, pahlawani had been exempt even then.

Why Aren't People Most at Risk of HIV in Kenya Using Preventative Drugs?

Why Aren't People Most at Risk of HIV in Kenya Using Preventative Drugs?

Dec 1, 2021

Transgender women are most at risk of contracting HIV in Kenya. One researcher asks why more isn't being done to protect them.

Watch: Australian Marriage Equality Campaigner Wins $1M Game Show Prize

Watch: Australian Marriage Equality Campaigner Wins $1M Game Show Prize

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 30, 2021

A longtime advocate for marriage equality won a $1 million prize on Australia's "Millionaire Hot Seat" game show.

Hungary's Parliament Approves Referendum on LGBTQ Issues

Hungary's Parliament Approves Referendum on LGBTQ Issues

By Justin Spike | Nov 30, 2021

Hungary's parliament authorized the government Tuesday to call a national referendum on LGBT issues, the latest in a series of steps by the country's nationalist leaders that critics say are intended to limit minority rights.

Black Artist Josephine Baker Honored at France's Pantheon

Black Artist Josephine Baker Honored at France's Pantheon

By Sylvie Corbet and Jeffrey Schaeffer | Nov 30, 2021

The voice of Josephine Baker, speaking and singing, will resonate Tuesday in front of the Pantheon monument in Paris, where she is to symbolically be inducted — becoming the first Black woman to receive France's highest honor.

Wary, Weary World Slams Door Shut, Fearing Omicron Variant

Wary, Weary World Slams Door Shut, Fearing Omicron Variant

By Raf Casert, Mari Yamaguchi | Nov 29, 2021

Nations around the world sought Monday to keep the new omicron variant at bay with travel bans and further restrictions.

Sex on the Beach: Fun for Humans, Deadly for Wildlife

Sex on the Beach: Fun for Humans, Deadly for Wildlife

Nov 28, 2021

The Canary Islands have become a hot spot for outdoor sex, but used condoms are destroying wildlife.

Netherlands, Australia Find Omicron Variant as Curbs Spread

Netherlands, Australia Find Omicron Variant as Curbs Spread

By Mike Corder, Geir Moulson | Nov 28, 2021

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers.

COVID Variant Spreads to More Countries as World on High Alert

COVID Variant Spreads to More Countries as World on High Alert

By Pan Pylas | Nov 28, 2021

The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa.

Backlash Hits Norwegian 'I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus' Ad

Backlash Hits Norwegian 'I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus' Ad

Nov 27, 2021

It appears that a Norwegian ad featuring a daddy kissing Santa Claus has upset some, claiming that it sexualizes Christmas.

Australian Schools Can Still Expel LGBTQ+ Kids Despite Proposed Religious Discrimination Bill

Australian Schools Can Still Expel LGBTQ+ Kids Despite Proposed Religious Discrimination Bill

Nov 27, 2021

Australia's proposed Religious Discrimination Bill may do more harm than good for LGBTQ+ students.

Dutch Government Apologies for Discredited Transgender Law

Dutch Government Apologies for Discredited Transgender Law

Nov 27, 2021

The Dutch government apologized for a scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their birth certificate gender.

High Alert: World Scurries to Contain New COVID Variant

High Alert: World Scurries to Contain New COVID Variant

By Mike Corder, Pan Pylas | Nov 27, 2021

New restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa by the hour as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new COVID variant.

New Omicron Variant Stokes World Fears, Triggers Travel Bans

New Omicron Variant Stokes World Fears, Triggers Travel Bans

By Raf Casert | Nov 26, 2021

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown.

Egypt Unveils Renovated 'Avenue of the Sphinxes' in Luxor

Egypt Unveils Renovated 'Avenue of the Sphinxes' in Luxor

By Haggag Salama | Nov 26, 2021

Egyptian authorities were unveiling Thursday a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country's archaeological treasures.

Explainer: What is this New COVID Variant in South Africa?

Explainer: What is this New COVID Variant in South Africa?

By Maria Cheng | Nov 26, 2021

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.

South African Scientists Detect New Virus Variant Amid Spike

South African Scientists Detect New Virus Variant Amid Spike

By Andrew Meldrum and Mogomotsi Magom | Nov 26, 2021

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province,

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