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Thousands March in Moscow's Red Square for May Day Rally

May 1
Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events:

America's Top Gay Diplomat Gives Status Report

By John McDonald | Apr 30
Randy Berry, special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, updated reporters on the status of his office's mission, saying he's engaged in "challenging conversations with foreign government officials."

Transgender Civil Servants in Brazil Can Use Chosen Name

Apr 29
Brazilian transgender and transsexual civil servants will now be able to use their chosen names while on the job.

Colombia's High Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage

Apr 29
Colombia's highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

Pacquiao Presses Senatorial Campaign Despite Kidnap Threat

By Bullit Marquez | Apr 28
Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.

British Tourists Brutally Attacked in Thailand

By Natnicha Chuwiruch | Apr 28
A British couple and their son were savagely attacked during a family vacation in Thailand in the latest blow to the country's image as a welcoming tourist paradise.

New Killings in Bangladesh Leave LGBT Community Full of Fear

Apr 28
he killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country's already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said.

Egyptian Court Jails 11 Men Accused of Homosexuality

Apr 27
An Egyptian court handed down various jail sentences to 11 men accused of homosexuality Sunday, legal sources told the AFP.

Sounds of Silence: London's Big Ben to Be Shut for Repairs

By Jill Lawless | Apr 26
It's so long to Big Ben 's bongs - at least temporarily.

Gay Couple Wins Custody Battle Against Thai Surrogate Mother

By Nattasuda Anusonadisai | Apr 26
A same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle Tuesday against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their child but then decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

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