Gay war veteran speaks out for equal rights in Ukraine’s military

KYIV – Viktor Pylypenko has become a role model for dozens of LGBT+ Ukrainian war veterans and their supporters since he organised their participation two years ago in Kyiv’s largest ever gay pride march. Pylypenko, 34, spent almost two years from 2014 to 2016 on the frontline fighting with Kyiv’s forces against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has claimed at least 14,000 lives. He came out as gay in 2018. “(LGBT…

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Northern Irish police charge two over killing of journalist Lyra McKee

BELFAST – Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 21 and 33, were also charged with rioting and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement. The men were due in court on Friday, the statement said. The New…

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Tallest teen, fastest hair skipping among 2022 Guinness World Records

LONDON – From the dog with the longest ears to the world’s tallest teenager, Guinness World Records reveals its latest record breakers in the 2022 edition of the popular book. The annual publication, out on Thursday, features an array of records and feats, including the fastest walking on hands and the most skips over a person’s own hair in 30 seconds. Briton Bethany Lodge, a gymnast since a young age, scored the titles of fastest…

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Taliban’s Baradar says reports he was hurt in internal clash are false

– Afghanistan’s acting deputy prime minister Abdul Ghani Baradar said on Wednesday reports he was hurt in a clash with a rival faction of the Taliban were false. “No this is not true; I am ok and healthy,” Baradar said in an interview with state TV and posted on Twitter by the Taliban’s political office in Doha. “The media says that there is internal disputes. There is nothing between us, it is not true.”

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Communist who took on Putin says his family was used to ban him from election

LENIN FARM, Moscow Region – A wealthy Communist strawberry tycoon who came second to Vladimir Putin in the last presidential election has accused the authorities of using his family against him to stop him from running for parliament this week. Pavel Grudinin, 60, a former Putin supporter, attracted over 8.5 million votes in 2018 when he ran against Putin and has long been touted as a possible leader of the Communists, the second biggest party…

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‘A family reunion’: Voices from Broadway on the return to the stage

NEW YORK – More than a dozen Broadway musicals and plays are opening in September after the longest shutdown in the history of New York’s theater district. The 18-month-long pandemic closures threw hundreds of actors, musicians and dancers out of work, along with stage crews. Following are comments from some of them on how it feels to be back: KENNY SEYMOUR, MUSICAL DIRECTOR, “AIN’T TOO PROUD” “It was just a sigh of relief, it was…

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Polish ruling party set to renew bid for passage of media reform bill

WARSAW – The leader of Poland’s ruling party has signalled it will try to overturn the Senate’s rejection of a media bill which opponents say is intended to silence a U.S.-owned channel that is critical of the government. The bill outlines reforms that would strengthen a ban on companies from outside the European Economic Area controlling Polish broadcasters. It has been denounced by the United States as an infringement of media freedoms. In his first…

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Northern Irish police arrest four over killing of journalist Lyra McKee

BELFAST – Northern Irish police said on Wednesday they had arrested four men in relation to the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 19, 20, 21 and 33, were arrested under the Terrorism Act by officers investigating McKee’s murder, police said. The New IRA, one of a small number of groups that oppose the 1998 peace accord that ended three decades of…

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Universal offers Bill Ackman chart-topping returns

LONDON ( Breakingviews) – Bill Ackman may bag a financial smash hit in the upcoming listing of Universal Music, which is being spun off by Vivendi. Taylor Swift’s label boasts superior profitability to rival Warner Music, making a valuation of 47 billion euros including debt plausible. That would represent a chart-topping return for the hedge fund manager who bought a stake on the cheap earlier this year. Vivendi will finally list the label behind Eminem…

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U.S. SEC fines media firms over $539 million for illegal securities offerings

– Three media companies have agreed to pay more than $539 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges over illegal offerings of stock and digital assets, the regulator said on Monday. The SEC charged New York-based GTV Media Group Inc. and Saraca Media Group Inc and Phoenix-based Voice of Guo Media Inc with the illegal unregistered offering of GTV common stock. GTV and Saraca were also charged with the illegal unregistered offering…

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