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  • 28th January 2008

    Mayoral candidate’s gay bar meet and greet 3

    It is thought to be the first time that a candidate for Mayor of London has used a gay bar as a venue for a campaign event.

    1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London will be holding an unusual event this evening in Covent Garden.Brian Paddick will be hosting a 'meet and greet' event at the Box bar, which is billed as an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to meet him in person and put any questions they might have to him.Londoners will be able to speak to him face to face between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

  • Italy’s Prime Minister resigns after losing vote 2

    Romano Prodi's government has collapsed after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.

    11:15 AM — Romano Prodi's government has collapsed after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.The Roman Catholic Udeur party's withdrawl of support was key to the defeat.It is likely that elections will have to be held less than two years after a coalition of nine parties took office. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is leading in opinion polls.

  • Kennedys come out in support of Obama 1

    On Saturday Mr Obama won a decisive victory in the South Carolina primary over Senator Hillary Clinton.

    10:45 AM — The candidacy of Barack Obama has received a significant boost with the endorsement of two members of one of America's most influential political dynasties.Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F Kennedy, wrote an highly personal opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday comparing Senator Obama to her father and praising him as an inspirational candidate.Later today Senator Edward Kennedy will appear at a rally with Senator Obama and publicly back his run for the Democratic nomination.

  • 27th January 2008

    Nation remembers victims of the Holocaust 3

    Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were held in concentration camps

    5:47 PM — More than 1,600 people including survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides are attending a memorial service at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.The annual event, held as Liverpool acts as European Capital of Culture falls on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. There, the Nazis murdered gay men and women, Jews, Poles, Romas and Gypsies, political prisoners, people with disabilities, and others during the Second World War.

  • Big turnout expected in South Carolina primary

    For Mrs Clinton, South Carolina would be a significant win.

    3:00 PM — Record turnouts are expected in today's South Carolina Democratic primary as Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards fight to pull out a victory in the state, in what is seen as a crucial contest.All three candidates canvassed the state today in a last minute effort to drum up support.Democratic party officials predicted a record turnout for voters in the South Carolina primary, with expectations of as many as 350,000 people casting their votes today.

  • Obama wins decisive victory over Clinton

    Forty-five delegates were at stake in the South Carolina primary. Obama received 25 of them, Clinton took 12 and Edwards won 8.

    3:00 PM — John Edwards may have been the hometown candidate in the state, but Illinois Senator Barack Obama was the voter's favorite as South Carolina primary results came in on Saturday.Obama won over rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton by a strong margin, while she battled with Edwards for second place.With almost all precincts now reported in, Barack Obama has been declared as the winner over Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina primary.

  • Health Secretary accused of receiving proxy loan

    Alan Johnson lost out to Harriet Harman

    12:01 AM — The Health Secretary, Alan Johnson has been accused in the Sunday Mirror of accepting cash through a proxy for his failed attempt to become Deptuty Leader of the Labour Party.The tabloid says that a Pakistani in Britain on a student visa for the past three years was used to direct £3,334 towards Mr Johnson's campaign.50-year-old Waseem Siddiqui said he wasn't aware who Mr Johnson was.

  • 25th January 2008

    Report demonstrates need for hate crime law in Scotland 1

    The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.

    1:55 PM — A report commissioned by Lothian and Borders Police has found that 15% of gay men in Edinburgh have been attacked in the last year.One in four of the 150 men questioned said they had been the victim of homophobic violence in the last five years.The report was carried out last April by health psychology professors from Queen Margaret University.7% of lesbians questioned said they had been assaulted physically or sexually in the previous 12 months.

  • Date set for Moscow Pride 2008

    Last year gay rights activists were attacked by police and homophobic demonstrators.

    1:35 PM — Moscow's LGBT community will once again attempt to celebrate Pride on May 31st, organiser Nicolas Alexeyev has announced.In May 2006 and 2007 Pride marches in the city were beset by violence and police intimidation after Mayor Luzhkov refused to grant a permit.He is on record as claiming he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people 'Satanic.'Yesterday an organising committee for Pride was formed.

  • Democrat withdraws from Presidential race 4

    Kucinich stated he wanted to make sure “100 percent of the voters had 100 percent of their votes counted.“

    10:25 AM — Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich announced yesterday he is dropping out of the 2008 Presidential race.Kucinich will make an official statement regarding his decision today. He also stated he will not endorse any candidates in the Democratic race.A former Mayor of Cleveland, he was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996. Kucinich ran for the Presidential nomination in 2004.

  • Heath Ledger’s final hours revealed

    Ledger's body was found by a masseuse and a housekeeper at approximately 2:45pm on Tuesday.

    10:20 AM — The facts around Heath Ledger's final hours continue to emerge while friends and family wait for the official cause of his death to be determined.As the details of Ledger's funeral arrangements continue to be worked out, Hollywood and the world mourns for the loss of the talented actor.Media reports spun across the Net since Ledger was found dead on Tuesday have been strewn with inaccuracies and wild speculation.

  • 24th January 2008

    Downing St announces Cabinet reshuffle

    Yvette Cooper, currently Housing Minister, is tipped to take the number two role at the Treasury.

    6:05 PM — Culture Secretary James Purnell has been appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.He replaces Peter Hain, who resigned earlier today after the Electoral Commission asked the police to investigate his failure to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Mr Purnell's Culture job will be taken by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andy Burnham.

  • Interview: How to achieve workplace equality

    At a glittering ceremony hosted by Transport for London, three employers were singled our for special recognition.

    4:15 PM — Earlier this month gay equality organisation Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index, showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for gay people.The top 100 were ranked according to criteria ranging from implementation of effective equality policies to practical demonstration of good practice in recruitment, how they engage with lesbian and gay staff, customers and service users.240 employers entered the 2008 Index.

  • Gay minister criticises Canada’s organ donation ban

    Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, is regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the Canadian province.

    2:50 PM — The Health Minister in the Canadian province of Ontario has said that new federal rules excluding sexually active gay men from being considered as organ donors if offensive.Men who have sex with men in the last five years of their life will no longer be accepted as organ donors under new rules from Health Canada.Families will also be interviewed about potential donors' exposure in increased risk.

  • PM accepted Hain’s resignation by phone

    The Prime Minister had previously described the lack of proper declarations by the Hain campaign as “incompetence.“

    1:55 PM — Downing St and the Metropolitan police have issued statements relating to the resignation of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain."Peter Hain has made his statement," said Downing St.It is understood the Cabinet minister phoned Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 11.30am, told him about the decision of the Electoral Commission to refer his failure to disclose donations worth more than £103,000 to the police, and offered to resign.

  • Cabinet minister Peter Hain resigns

    Mr Hain came fifth out of six candidates for his party's deputy leader last June.

    12:29 PM — Peter Hain has resigned from the government after the Electoral Commission asked the police to investigate his failure to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.In a short statement he said he was leaving to "clear his name."As Work and Pensions Secretary he was in charge of the biggest spending department in the government. He was also Secretary of State for Wales.

  • Ken denies accusations of abuse of power

    Mr Livingstone said that when his post was established in 2000 it was meant to be a directly elected executive.

    11:50 AM — The Mayor of London has denied that he abused his powers to launch a campaign against the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning Ken Livingstone also defended grants from the London Development Agency to organisations that subsequently ceased operating without leaving proper accounts.He admitted that City Hall staff had undertaken a campaign to stop Trevor Phillips being appointed to the EHRC.

  • Former US Vice President backs gay marriage 3

    Same-sex marriage is legal in only one US state, Massachusetts.

    10:50 AM — Al Gore has spoken in favour of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.The former Vice President of the United States, who was narrowly and controversially defeated by George W Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, came out in favour of equal rights in a video clip posted on current TV, a cable and online station he co-founded."I think it's wrong for the government to discriminate against people because of a person's sexual orientation," he said.

  • 23rd January 2008

    Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick answers your questions

    Until his retirement from the force in May 2007, Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the UK.

    8:30 PM — Next week PinkNews.co.uk will be interviewing the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick.We are inviting readers to contact us by email with questions you would like us to ask the former Metropolitan police Deputy Assistant Commissioner.Until his retirement from the force in May 2007, Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the UK.

  • Charges considered over teen water polo photos 11

    Parents, coaches and politicians in southern California have condemned sexually explicit gay websites that feature photos of teenage boys playing water polo.

    8:30 PM — Prosecutors in Orange County, California are investigating whether they can bring any charges against a university employee who took pictures of teenage water polo players and then posted them on gay porn sites.The man, reported to be a police dispatcher at the University of California Irvine, is not under formal investigation.As the photos were taken at public sporting events, he may be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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