Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by his late father.
Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, The Origins of the Inquisition, to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.
Russia’s media oversight agency aims to take a newspaper to court over an article about a homosexual teacher in what appears to be the first case prepared against a publication under the country’s law on gay “propaganda.”
In September, a youth-oriented newspaper in Khabarovsk interviewed a teacher who had been fired over his sexual orientation. Quotes in the article prompted complaints to Roskomnadzor, the agency that supervises media conformance with law.
Senegalese police detained five women accused of violating the country’s anti-gay law, highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply homophobic West African nation.
The five women were detained early Nov. 11 during a birthday party at a restaurant in Dakar’s Yoff district that has been described in the Senegalese press as a meeting point for gay men and lesbians, said Ndeye Kebe, president of the activist group Women’s Smile.
Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have sufficient grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc’s top court ruled yesterday.
The existence of laws imprisoning homosexuals “may constitute an act of persecution per se” if they are routinely enforced, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said.
A video of a young gay Russian man being tortured and raped with a bottle has gone viral on a mobile phone application, where it has drawn overwhelmingly positive comments from viewers.
Radio Free Europe first reported on the video, which is making the rounds on WhatsApp. In the video, the young victim, apparently an ethnic Uzbek, is bullied into confessing he’s gay and stripped of his clothes. He is then handcuffed, beaten, insulted, and threatened with a gun. For a finale, he’s forced to sodomize himself by sitting on a bottle, which is then pushed with a bat.