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The homophobic legacy of the British Empire - Dotemirates
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The homophobic legacy of the British Empire

(CNN)A wave of joy and relief swept through India's LGBT community last week following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex.The announcement that Section 377, a British colonial-era law prohibiting "unnatural acts," would be annulled was met with jubilation by rights activists, many of whom had campaigned for years to end the archaic legislation.But while India's LGBT population embraces its new found freedoms, millions across the globe continue to wait in hope. Of the 71 countries around the world in which same-sex sexual relations are illegal, it's no coincidence that more than half are...


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South Korean director Lee Yoon-Taek jailed for sex assaults

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3 hurt after car hits pedestrians outside Muslim community centre in UK

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Rape trial starts of man at center of Nobel scandal

The man at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature went on trial in Sweden Wednesday. Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in the country, faces two counts of rape of a woman in 2011 before the Stockholm District Court. The French citizen is married to poet and member of the Swedish Academy Katarina Frostenson. He has denied the rapes and other sex abuse allegations. The proceedings, which will include testimonies by the alleged victim and seven witnesses, are being held behind closed doors. Closing remarks...