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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Huckabee campaign in financial trouble

    Last week Huckabee said that if elected he wants to change the US Constitution to ban abortion.

    8:15 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has admitted that his campaign is running out of money, with some staff members leaving and others working without pay.Despite his strong showing in some of the initial primary races for the Republican nomination, the former Baptist minister has spoken frankly about his rapidly diminishing funds.Ahead of the key Florida primary next week, the candidate told an audience yesterday that he is running a "frugal" campaign.

  • Poland defiant over gay adoptions 6

    93% of Poles are against adoption by homosexuals according to a recent opinion poll.

    2:40 PM — Following yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that gay people are entitled to adopt, a leading member of the governing political party in Poland has said they will defy the ruling.The deputy speaker of the Parliament, Stefan Niesiolowski, is a member of the Citizen's Platform (PO)."The Court can go on and make a ruling, it still won't be enforced in Poland," he said.

  • Italian government faces confidence vote

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated attacks on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    1:01 PM — The fate of Romano Prodi's administration rests on the votes of Senators after one of the nine parties that form the coalition government withdrew.Yesterday he called on Parliament to back him after the Christian Democrats pulled out on Monday, leaving him two votes short of a Senate majority. He has been in government less than two years.The House of Deputies, where he retains a majority, will vote on a motion of no confidence today.

  • 22nd January 2008

    Actor withdraws from White House race

    Mr Thompson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    10:40 PM — A former star of hit TV show Law and Order has pulled out of the race for the Republican candidate for President of the United States after a string of poor showing in the primaries.Fred Thompson announced his decision earlier today and it is not known if he will back any of his opponents for the nomination. In 2004 he backed Senator John McCain."I have withdrawn my candidacy. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," he said.

  • Peer attacks Stonewall’s influence on government 3

    The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill now moves into committee stage in the Lords.

    9:55 PM — In an outspoken speech decrying the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, a member of the House of Lords has accused gay equality organisation Stonewall of having "undue influence" over the government.The Lords were debating the proposal, which is part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Lord Stoddart of Swindon attacked Stonewall, claiming that it does not have the "full support" of the gay community.

  • Lesbian and gay parental rights approved by Lords 20

    The debate was well-attended, with more than fifteen peers speaking for and against the government.

    5:30 PM — Legislation that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents has been approved by the House of Lords.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.A woman who gives birth and her civil partner will both be recognised as the parents of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.

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