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Road President Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy to be US Ambassador to Japan. If confirmed she will be America's first female ambassador to the land of the rising sun. 

Road A broader call for boycott of Russian products.Ben

Road David Beckham finds another excuse to take off his shirt.

Road If you haven't seen these horrific and heartbreaking pics of the anti-LGBT human rights abuses in Russia as of late you must take a look.

Road Too much hotness to handle? Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron allegedly in talks to star in Star Wars.

Road Benedict Cumberbatch officiates gay wedding in Ibiza.

Road Obama administration, unhappy with Morsi ouster, cancels delivery of planes to Egypt: “Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s,” the Pentagon press secretary, George Little, said Wednesday. He did not cite any specific actions by the Egyptian military."

Road It's becoming tired but still, Bill Clinton's 'Blurred Lines' is pretty great.

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Road Jane Austen gets face-time on UK currency.

Road George Alexander Louis: what's in a name?

Road The road not taken: Jared Leto could have been a drug dealer.

Road 78 dead, 178 injured in terrifying train crash in Spain.

Road Beth Ditto got hitched!

Road Court to hear closing arguments in Bradley Manning case today.

Road Superhuman future possible with superorgans?: "Synthetic DNA circuits inserted into human stem cells could soon allow us to build new organs with unprecedented precision and speed...The technique could prove an efficient way of making organs for transplant without the worry of rejection, and raises the tantalising possibility that it might one day be possible to upgrade the organs we were born with."


Barcelona Bars Raided During Pride

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Pride ended poorly for the patrons of La Bata de Boatiné and El 23, two bars in Barcelona, Spain. At 3am on June 29th the gay bar La Bata de Boatiné was raided by about 20 Mossos, the civilian police force, as they broke down the door to the bar. According to News Vine, the Mossos wore bulletproof vests and masks but no identification, which is illegal in Spain. The Mossos in turn only asked for the ID of the bar owner, Miquel, and performed a cursory search for drugs with a police dog, which found nothing. Customers found the raid to be unecessary and violent, and done only to intimidate. Miquel told the El Diario newspaper: 

[...]he believes the tactics used by the agents were due to "homophobia" otherwise "it makes no sense to have all this police presence just to ask me for a document," especially when the bar passed a city inspection only four months ago.

The night went even worse for El 23, the straight bar next door. One of the patrons, Sergi Boal, complained loudly during the raid and as a result was kept in the bar as the rest of the patrons were escorted out. When left alone with the Mossos, things allegedly turned violent as Boal was then grabbed by the throat, called cowardly scum, and beaten until the thought he "was going to die." They examined the contents of his wallet and then left. It is suspected that because El 23 shares an address with La Bata de Boatiné that the Mossos thought it was a gay bar as well. This suspicion is supported by one of the Mossos calling one of Boal's friends a "maricón," which as we learned from the holy Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez is a slur that generally translates as "faggot." Across town other gay bars such as El Cangrejo were the victim of similar raids.

El Diario's sources at the Mossos and at the city police force Guardia Urbana say that these incidents were routine and merely a coincidence that they happened at a bunch of gay bars during Pride. Barcelona city counselor Mercè Homs offered a weak "apology" for any "inappropriate attitudes." Bar owners are considering legal action and liberal political parties are asking for investigations. The Mossos would do well to look at the history they are repeating that happened at Stonewall or, more recently, The Rainbow Lounge and the fallout that they may well be bringing down on their own heads.


Spain's Hot Summer: VIDEO

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The Barcelona bar Bimbambum offers a taste of what a hot summer in the Catolonian city brings out to the city's beaches and may have you rescheduling your summer vacation, to Spain.

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Spain's Top Court Rules: Gay Marriage is Constitutional

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Spain's highest court has upheld the constitutionality of the seven-year old marriage equality law.

Spain's top court today ruled that the law passed in 2005 by the Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero allowing gay couples to marry is fully constitutional, answering an appeal challenging in it by the conservative Popular Party's Mariano Rajoy.

Eight judges (seven progressive and conservative Francisco Perez de los Cobos) voted in favor and three judges, all appointed under the Popular Party, dissented.


Spain's Constitutional Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

Seven years since it was legalized, the top court in Spain is set to rule on an appeal challenging the country's marriage equality law, the AP reports:

SpainThe conservative Popular Party filed the appeal in 2005 on the grounds that "marriage" in the Spanish constitution meant the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.

A court spokesman said the tribunal will meet later Tuesday to study the appeal and is expected to vote.

Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage bill in June 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with only Popular Party deputies opposing. The Popular Party has since come to power.


Spain's Miguel Ortiz is 'Mr. Gay Europe': VIDEOS

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Mr. Gay Europe was crowned in Rome over the weekend and the contestant from Spain won for the third year in a row, the organization reports:

Miguel couldn’t show his face on stage without the audience cheering him on. Miguel’s win wasn’t all about his looks, he had to prove that he was an all around worthy winner of the title Mr Gay Europe 2012. But it was a tough fight to get to the top. He was up against Steve Grech from Malta, and host country favorite, Nicholas Menna as the top three candidates.

Not afraid to show his emotions, Miguel shed a few tears when he was handed the sash and the crown; yet again wowing his audience. Loved by everyone who meets him, we welcome Miguel Ortiz as the 7th Mr Gay Europe.

Mr Gay Europe 2012 consisted of 11 different challenges, amongst them an interview with the judges, a photo-session, swimwear competition, and a written test, amongst other things.

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