Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Dec 16, 2014

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin’s government for “inaction” and urging a crackdown on hate crimes. The U.S.-based rights group said homophobic attacks increased in Russia after Putin signed a hugely ...

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Oct 31, 2014

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged ...

May 10, 2014

Nintendo sorry for not permitting same-sex relationships in game

Nintendo Co. apologized Friday for failing to allow players to engage in same-sex relationships in an upcoming video game title. “We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” Nintendo of America Inc., a unit of the Japanese ...

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Nov 30, 2013

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

by Simon Scott

When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. “I just thought I had a regular illness,” said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld. However, the ...

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Aug 29, 2013

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie. Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of ...