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  • 10th March 2008

    Brown may offer Mandelson second term in Brussels

    Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

    12:40 PM — The feud between Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson is the stuff of Westminster legend, but according to some reports today the ice may be melting.Mr Mandelson backed Mr Blair over his close friend Mr Brown for the leadership of the Labour party in 1994. The Prime Minister is said to have nurtured a grudge against Mr Mandelson ever since.Peter Mandelson has previously announced he intends to stay in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.

  • Scottish politicians back removal of gay blood ban 18

    Mr McDowall has been advised that the petition will be presented before the parliament's Petitions Committee on 15th April.

    12:10 PM — An MEP has questioned why the National Blood Service is importing blood from countries where gay men can donate while banning any man in Britain who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood.A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, has received support from Tory and SNP MEPs.

  • US gay Catholics plan special welcome for Pope 26

    The Pope, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York between 15th and 20th April.

    10:22 AM — A group that works for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans in the Roman Catholic church is planning a series of protests against Pope Benedict during his visit to the US next month.The Rainbow Sash Movement said it is calling on "Catholics of good will" to take the Papal visit as an opportunity to shower the Pope mobile with ashes instead of confetti."Ashes are an ancient and appropriate greeting for a sinner who has caused the Church so much division and pain," RSM said in a statement.

  • 9th March 2008

    Pro-gay Zapatero wins re-election in Spain 5

    The Socialist party leader will remain prime minister

    11:40 PM — Pro-gay, socialist Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has won re-election this evening as voters ignored worries about the economy and the Basque militants.Although with 92 per cent of the votes counted, the Socialist party will not have an absoloute majority, it is understood he will form an alliance with smaller parties in order to govern the country."The Spanish people have spoken clearly and decided to start a new era," Mr Zapatero told supporters.

  • McCain displays his quick temper over links to Democrats 2

    I>Times staffer Elisabeth Bumiller posed the question to McCain about his 2004 conversations with Kerry.

    5:30 PM — He may have won the Republican Party nomination for Presidential candidate but this week John McCain let his temper flair when questioned about a potential former move to represent the Democratic Party.A New York Times reporter questioned McCain about conversations he had with 2004 Democrat nominee John Kerry about becoming a running mate which prompted a rather telling outburst.On Friday during a QA with reporters, Times staffer Elisabeth Bumiller posed the question.

  • Ron Paul admits White House dream is over 1

    Spokesman Jesse Benton confirmed to the Washington Post that this video means Paul accepts he is not going to be the nominee.

    5:30 PM — Seen by many as the Ralph Nader of the Republican party, Ron Paul issued his swan song of sorts to the tune of seeking out more money.It seems the Presidential hopeful will still visit any state in which the "enthusiasm for liberty exists," and accept cheques made payable to his Political Action Committee.But for now, it would seem, his bid to become President of the United States is done.

  • Liam Fox’s “homophobic past” revealed 12

    Liam Fox resigned from the Glasgow University Union over a gay society being formed

    3:00 AM — Liam Fox, Conservative shadow defence secretary, displayed homophobic credentials whilst at university, an investigation by the Sunday Herald has found.The Tory MP, who stood against David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership content, resigned as a member of the University of Glasgow's student council in protest at a gay and lesbian society being admitted to the Glasgow University Union (GUU).He apparently said at the time: "[I do] not want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do".

  • 7th March 2008

    Obama adviser quits after calling Hillary a monster 1

    Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.

    7:35 PM — Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign after describing New York Senator Hillary Clinton as a "monster" to a Scottish publication.Clinton's camp pushed for Obama to drop Power from his team, but the Harvard professor and author resigned after apologising for her inappropriate comment."It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said.

  • O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1

    Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

    4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

  • Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign

    “London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world.“ - Ken Livingstone.

    4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.

  • Jail for lesbian couple who murdered teenager

    The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block.

    1:20 PM — Two lesbian lovers have been jailed for life after bludgeoning a British girl to death in Australia because they found her "annoying."Jessica Stasinowsky, 21 and Valerie Parashumti, 19, pleaded guilty to murdering 16-year old Stacey Mitchell, whose family had moved to Australia from West Moors, Dorset in 2001.The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block and made a mobile phone video of the murder scene.

  • Monk may face charges after porn theft 6

    A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs. photo: Nikanos@wikipedia.com

    11:40 AM — A 49-year-old German monk may face criminal charges after he was caught steal gay porn DVDs from a shop.A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs.The Benedictine monk was challenged when he tried to steal four DVDs from a sex shop in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, reports Abendzeitung newspaper.

  • Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5

    Mr Zapatero promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.

    11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.

  • Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4

    Sometimes good people do bad things.  photo: State of Florida,

    10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.

  • 6th March 2008

    New York court upholds recognition of foreign marriages

    Lambda Legal intervened in the lawsuit Lewis v. Department of Civil Service on behalf of Peri Rainbow and Tamela Sloan.

    6:00 PM — A lawyer from Lambda Legal has welcomed a ruling by a New York State judge upholding the state's policy of recognising Canadian marriages of same-sex couples for purposes of spousal health insurance coverage for public employees."Yet another court is saying that respect for out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is the law in New York," said Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel.Lambda Legal is a US-wide organisation committed to achieving full recognition of LGBT civil rights.

  • Gay marriage discussed at Council of Europe 2

    The UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

    5:30 PM — A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships will take place in Paris tomorrow.The 47-member Council of Europe predates the European Union. It promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.The hearing will involve representatives of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA Europe as well as parliamentarians and academics.

  • National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6

    The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.

    4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.

  • London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1

    The Mayor of London holds powers which can make the lives of over a million lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners better - or worse.

    3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.

  • Ukrainian MPs attack “popularisation” of homosexuality 1

    Since 1991 Ukraine, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has had an equal age of consent.

    11:44 AM — A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state take steps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, which do not correspond to moral principles of the society."The Committee on the Issues of Freedom of Speech and Information's stance follows letters from MPs claiming that gay and lesbian people threaten national security and contradict the national interest.

  • Good news for Obama in Texas 1

    Clinton's camp is trying to paint Obama as the villain by whatever means necessary.

    10:35 AM — Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries, Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, which accounts for one-third of the state's delegates.But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying it might mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" they received accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.

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