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A significant step forward for homosexual community on continent where activists have long been vilified

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- After Mr. Gay Ethiopia entered the Mr. Gay World contest, his father cut off all communications. Mr. Gay Zimbabwe withdrew, fearing the publicity was making life difficult for his mother.


Rocket disintegrates over Yellow Sea but US and others continue condemnation of action

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A satellite launch North Korea had hailed as a moment of national pride ended in failure Friday when the rocket disintegrated over the Yellow Sea, earning Pyongyang embarrassment as well as condemnation from a host of nations that deemed it a covert test of missile technology.


Syria's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, placed a new condition - that the opposition agree in writing 'to halt violence with all its forms and their readiness to lay down weapons'

BEIRUT (AP) -- A U.N.-brokered peace deal for Syria appeared to collapse Sunday as the government made a new demand that its opponents provide "written guarantees" to lay down their weapons before regime forces withdraw from cities, a call swiftly rejected by the country's main rebel group.


39-year-old moves away from broadcasting company in wake of phone hacking scandal

LONDON (AP) -- Media executive James Murdoch, under pressure over his role in Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal, has stepped down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting PLC, the company announced Tuesday.


In his respectful send-off, President Raul Castro acknowledged the visit's greatest understatement: \"We do not think alike on all matters"

HAVANA (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the world's Roman Catholics and the brothers who have carried Cuba along an increasingly solitary Communist path mixed warm smiles with the hard language of their respective camps during Pope Benedict XVI's three-day tour of Cuba.


In letter to British investigators, exec continues to insist he knew nothing of criminal actions at News of the World

LONDON (AP) -- News Corp. executive James Murdoch acknowledged Wednesday that he could have done more to investigate the phone hacking scandal that has rocked Britain and threatened his place as the likely heir to his father's global media empire.


Editor at The Sun says police kept formal tabs on who was most favorable; authorities say claim is false

LONDON (AP) -- London's Metropolitan Police Service "graded" reporters on their coverage of the agency, a senior crime journalist for The Sun tabloid said Thursday. The claim was denied by the officials involved.


But if thousands of claims of violations made by independent observers and Putin's foes are confirmed, they could undermine the legitimacy of his victory and fuel protests

MOSCOW (AP) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rolled to victory in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by claims of violations, including "carousel voting" in which voters were bused around to cast several ballots.


Aba, a spiritual center that's long fanned anti-China fire, approaches sensitive anniversary

ABA, China (AP) -- China's stifling lockdown of this Tibetan town has not only been about patrolling its sleepy streets, but also policing the minds of a community at the center of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule.


Leaders aim to use earthquake relief money to bring electricity—and, hopefully, jobs—to all corners of country

BOUCAN CARRE, Haiti (AP) -- Sometimes it seems as though the people here have only the sun and moon: the blinding sun that bakes their mud homes and moonlight that with flickering gas lamps fights against the dark of night.


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