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Roam Close to Home: European Tourists Play Safe in Pandemic

Roam Close to Home: European Tourists Play Safe in Pandemic

By Frank Jordans, Kerstin Sopke | May 31
About 3 million businesses benefit from Europe's normally wide-open borders, helping make the continent the world's top tourism destination with half of all global arrivals.

China Says US Action on Hong Kong 'Doomed to Fail'

China Says US Action on Hong Kong 'Doomed to Fail'

May 30
The mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party said U.S. moves to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong "grossly interfere" in China's internal affairs and are "doomed to fail."

Italy's Seas Speak: No Tourists or Boats Mean Cleaner Water

Italy's Seas Speak: No Tourists or Boats Mean Cleaner Water

By Paolo Santalucia | May 30
Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate.

EU Urges Trump to Rethink Cutting Funding to WHO

EU Urges Trump to Rethink Cutting Funding to WHO

By David Rising and Martin Crutsinger | May 30
The European Union on Saturday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move.

Trump Strikes China over Virus, Hong Kong and Student Visas

Trump Strikes China over Virus, Hong Kong and Student Visas

By Ben Fox | May 30
President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status & suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government.

Activists Criticize New Anti-Violence Campaign in Mexico

Activists Criticize New Anti-Violence Campaign in Mexico

By Maria Verza | May 29
Activists criticized a new Mexican government ad campaign on violence against women Thursday, saying it minimizes the problem and depicts women as aggressors, too.

Interim Mr. Gay World a Heroic Doctor Who Battled COVID-19

Interim Mr. Gay World a Heroic Doctor Who Battled COVID-19

By Kilian Melloy | May 28
When Mr. Gay World 2020 had to be put off to next year, the plan was for first runner-up from 2019 to serve an interim term. Then an ironic twist emerged - one with a heroic tinge.

IKEA Manager Charged for Firing Pole Over Anti-Gay Remarks

IKEA Manager Charged for Firing Pole Over Anti-Gay Remarks

By Vanessa Gera | May 28
A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee sacked for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting tolerance for LGBT people last year.

For LGBTQ Immigrants, the Pandemic Threatens Lives Already in Dangerous Limbo

For LGBTQ Immigrants, the Pandemic Threatens Lives Already in Dangerous Limbo

By Dan Allen | May 28
For LGBTQ immigrants already living tremendously marginalized and precarious lives, the deadly pandemic is adding even more layers of danger and uncertainty.

Chechen Leader Resurfaces After COVID-19 Infection Reports

Chechen Leader Resurfaces After COVID-19 Infection Reports

May 27
The strongman leader of Russia's province of Chechnya went live on Instagram Wednesday to insist that he was feeling well, in an apparent attempt to dispel media reports about his hospitalization with COVID-19.

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