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Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York amid global fight for equality

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions lined the streets of New York on Sunday to wave rainbow flags, celebrate the movement toward LGBTQ equality and renew calls for action in what organizers billed as the largest gay pride celebration in history. Some 150,000 parade marchers and an estimated 4 million spectators commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that triggered the modern LGBTQ movement, with corporate sponsorship and police protection that would have been unthinkable half a century ago. Similar parades were being held around the world, with celebratory events in liberal democracies and growing fights for equality in other places. North Macedonia held its first gay…

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Fearing stock market rout, investors seek shelter in dependable dividends

LONDON (Reuters) - Defensive equity strategies focused on high payouts and steady earnings have gained in popularity this year as investors flock to safety, worried the biggest stock market rally in decades is about to come crashing down. The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 12, 2019. REUTERS/StaffInvestors have piled into defensive sectors, which generate higher dividends and have steady revenue streams, for the first time in two years, viewing them as the safest bet as global growth slows and trade tensions rise, data shows. Globally, utilities stocks have pulled in $4.5 billion this year while consumer…

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Turkey’s Erdogan says ‘some people’ paying ‘serious money’ to bury Khashoggi issue: NTV

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said “some people” were paying “serious money” to bury the issue of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, broadcaster NTV reported on Monday. Erdogan, who was speaking to reporters after the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, did not elaborate. Speaking earlier at the summit, Erdogan said Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must uncover the killers of the Washington Post columnist, and added that some aspects of the murder were…

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Facebook will ban ads that tell people in U.S. not to vote

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will ban ads that discourage people from voting ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to its second annual Civil Rights Audit published on Sunday. Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamFacebook pledged to put its new “don’t vote” policy prohibition into effect in the fall, before the 2019 U.S. elections on Nov. 5, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post announcing the report. Last year, Facebook expanded its policies against voter suppression by banning posts that spread misinformation on voting methods, election dates…

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Explainer: Hong Kong’s extradition bill and the opposition to it

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s extradition bill, which would cover Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents as well as foreign and Chinese nationals in the city, would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party. Demonstrators wave their smartphones during a rally ahead of the G20 summit, urging the international community to back their demands for the government to withdraw a the extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas PeterOpponents of the bill, which was indefinitely suspended after violent protests, see it as a threat to the rule of law in the former British…

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Seven killed in Sudan protests: state news agency

People run away from soldiers chasing them during a demonstration demanding the ruling military hand over to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Umit BektasCAIRO (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 181 were wounded during a day of protests across Sudan, state news agency (SUNA) said late on Sunday, citing a Health Ministry official. The protests on Sunday were the largest since a deadly raid by security forces on a protest camp outside the Defence Ministry three weeks ago. Reporting by Mohamed El-Sherif; Editing by Sandra MalerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Tens of thousands demand civilian rule in Sudan, at least seven killed

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Huge crowds marched on Sudan’s defense ministry on Sunday demanding the ruling military hand over power to civilians, and the authorities said at least seven people were killed and scores injured in protests nationwide. In the biggest demonstrations since a deadly raid by security forces on a protest camp in central Khartoum three weeks ago, tens of thousands of residents took to the streets in several parts of the Sudanese capital. In two areas near the presidential palace and in the upscale eastern neighborhood of Riyadh, they were met by security forces firing barrages of tear gas, witnesses said. The deputy head of Sudan’s…

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North Korea’s Kim, Trump agree to push forward talks for denuclearization: KCNA

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand at the demarcation line in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueSEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at their meeting on Sunday to push forward dialogue for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, North Korea’ state media said on Monday. Kim said it was the good personal relationship he had with Trump that such a dramatic meeting possible at just one day’s notice and that the relationship with Trump would continue to…

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PM contender Hunt sets out plans to prepare Britain for no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - A Jeremy Hunt government would set aside a 6 billion pound ($7.6 billion) war chest to protect fishing and farming, and prepare an emergency budget to cut taxes under plans designed to get Britain ready for a dramatic no-deal Brexit. Jeremy Hunt, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party arrives at BBC studios in London, Britain June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonTrailing rival Boris Johnson in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, Hunt will say on Monday that Britain needs a leader who can plan now to protect the world’s fifth largest economy if it has to leave the EU without a deal.…

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World Pride parade preempted by anti-corporate dissidents

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world’s marquee gay pride parade was preempted by thousands of anti-corporate dissidents who staged their own protest on Sunday, rejecting a uniformed police presence and commercial sponsorship while also demanding LGBTQ equality. Hours before New York was set to launch what organizers are calling the largest gay pride parade in history for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Queer Liberation March proceeded in the opposite direction, starting at the historic Stonewall Inn and heading north to Central Park. Meanwhile the city was expecting 150,000 parade marchers and millions of spectators to line streets for the main event running north-to-south toward…

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