New Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says Poland won’t sign the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in order to win favor with the party of the former homophobic PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski. He also said that Poland would pull its troops out of Iraq by the end of 2008.
Record-breaking Thresher shark snagged off the coast of Cornwall, England in trawl net: “The shark, estimated at 32 feet from nose to fin, was caught by Roger Nowell off Lands End and landed at Newlyn, west Cornwall, yesterday. The fisherman was trawling for squid and John Dory when the 510 kilo (1,250lb) predator ended up in his net. The biggest previous thresher shark caught is believed to have been landed off Hawaii in 2007 weighing 953lb.”
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11-year-old boy in Dursley, England issued warning for homophobic slurs against 49-year-old man. Officer: “We thoroughly investigate any reports of hate crime – whether related to race or sexual orientation. The majority of young people are fully aware that it is unacceptable to abuse people, particularly in racist and homophobic terms. However, the minority who believe such abuse is amusing or acceptable should be warned that they could land themselves with a criminal record if they are caught.”
Welsh couple targeted by homophobic arsonist neighbor: “A court heard how Alan Pollitt went to the nearby Rhyl flat of a homosexual couple who had been together for 18 years, and threatened one of the men with a metal bar. The victim then left the property seeking his partner to tell him what had occurred. The couple went for a drink to discuss the matter and while the flat was empty, Pollitt broke in and started five fires.”
Beloved lesbian Bronx pastor faces threat from Evangelical Lutheran Church: “Pastor Foster and her roughly 100 congregants face a new challenge: the possibility that she, along with four other pastors in the New York area and 81 nationwide, could be defrocked in 2009 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The country’s largest Lutheran denomination, it allows openly gay pastors but forbids them from being in same-sex relationships, according to the Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, bishop of the denomination’s New York-area synod.”
Darcy Dear, founder of United Gays And Lesbians Against AIDS In Barbados, targeted by stone-throwing vandals: “The confessed homosexual and gay rights activist, who is on break from his restaurant in New York, said it would cost $900 to replace the sash windows and pay for labour. Dear, who is in the process of completing his apartment complex and home, said he was in his room on Wednesday night watching television when he had to dodge two large stones thrown through his windows. He said the response from police at District “A” was swift and officers took away the stones and brushed the area for fingerprints.”