The Cuban government
has cancelled the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia.
In a Facebook post, the state-run National Centre for Sex Education
(CENESEX) blamed “new tensions in the international and regional context” for
Activists have condemned the move and questioned the government’s motives.
Cuba was set to approve same-sex marriage under a new constitution, but
removed the clause after protests.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel publicly backed the change in September, saying
it was “part of eliminating any type of discrimination in society”.
But the government backtracked after an outcry from religious groups.
Cuba holds events at this time every year to mark the International Day
Against Homophobia on 17 May.
Why has the march been cancelled?
CENESEX posted on Facebook that it was officially cancelling the Cuban Conga
against Homophobia and Transphobia “in compliance with the policy of the Party,
the State and the Revolution”.
It was a quiet afternoon in Bocholt in western Germany when a pigeon broke the calm and
the speed limit, flying down a residential street at 45km/h (28mph) in a 30km/h
A mobile speed camera flashed as soon as the pigeon flew past.
Authorities in the town, a short distance from the Dutch border, published
the picture last week, and it has since gone viral.
Under normal circumstances the penalty for speeding would be €25 (£21;$28).
The bizarre event took place in February but Bocholt town hall’s Facebook
account said it had taken some time to assess the pictures.
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The town said that even with a 3km/h margin allowed in speeding cases, the
pigeon had been going 12km/h too fast and was “on a collision course with
vehicles and pedestrians”.
One local said it was clearly a racing pigeon, while another suggested an appropriate punishment would be community service as a carrier pigeon.
authorities have called on the public to surrender swords
and large knives amid heightened security concerns following the deadly Easter
Police said knives used for legal everyday activities should not be included
in the handover this weekend.
Hundreds of weapons have been seized in searches since the 21 April attacks.
More than 250 people were killed in the coordinated suicide bombings, which
targeted churches and luxury hotels.
In addition to weapons, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara called on people
in possession of “police or camouflaged military uniforms” to hand them in to
their nearest police station on Saturday or Sunday.
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He did not confirm whether police would give an amnesty to those who
surrendered weapons during the two-day handover period.
The call came as investigations into the deadly bombings continue.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told Reuters on Saturday that some
25 to 30 people linked to the bombings were still at large.
“We have already identified all active members of the group and it’s a case
of now arresting them,” he said.
The president added that there was “no information yet to say these suspects
are suicide bombers.”
Mr Sirisena told the news agency that he believed the Islamic State group
when they said they were behind the attacks.
Korea has confirmed via state media that leader Kim Jong-un has
overseen a “strike drill” testing various missile components.
“A number of short-range projectiles” were also fired from the Hodo
peninsula into the Sea of Japan on Saturday.
North Korea’s leader gave the order of firing to “increase the combat
ability” of the country, the announcement said.
US President Donald Trump tweeted he believed Mr Kim would not jeopardise
the path towards better relations.
He added that the North Korean leader “knows that I am with him & does
not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!
“I believe that Kim Jong-Un fully realises the great economic potential of
North Korea and will do nothing to interfere or end it,” Mr Trump posted on
social media on Saturday.
President Trump walked away from what he described as a bad deal offered by
Kim Jong-un at a summit meeting in Hanoi in February.
In its report on Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr Kim
had stressed the need to “defend the political sovereignty and economic
self-sustenance” of the country in the face of threat and invasion.
The aim of the drill, which was testing “large-calibre long-range multiple
rocket launchers”, was to “inspect the operating ability and the accuracy of
striking duty performance,” the report said.
The North Korean president told troops to bear in mind “the iron truth that
genuine peace and security are ensured and guaranteed only by powerful