The Trump administration has denied permission to U.S. embassies overseas seeking to fly the rainbow banner on embassy flagpoles during gay pride month.The State Department issued the denials, in a reversal of policy from the Obama administration.U.S. embassies in four nations – Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia – had sought permission to fly the rainbow flag, which has appeared in shops and homes during gay pride events and parades.The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is the senior-most gay official in the Trump administration, and has pushed efforts to discourage laws that criminalize homosexuality overseas.
The blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame broke nearly every major box-office record for a movie’s opening weekend.It also made history in another way by featuring the first openly gay character in a Disney/Marvel film – even if it was in a minor role. Early in the film, Steve Rogers/Captain America is seen leading a small support group for people who were not wiped out at the end of the previous movie, Infinity War. The scene takes place five years after the villain Thanos vanished half the population. “So I went on a date the other day – the first time in five years,” an unidentified male character tells the support group. The man says he “didn’t know what to talk about” on the date and then describes what he and his date discussed, including “my job, his job.”
"I was face to face with this murder terrorist who was holding the rifle and looking straight at me."A rabbi has told US reporters about the synagogue shooting near San Diego on Saturday, in which one woman died and three people were wounded.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was one of those injured, losing the index finger on his right hand.A 19-year-old man named as John Earnest was arrested shortly afterwards in Poway, north of the Californian city.America's gun culture in 10 chartsAs Pittsburgh reeled, its teenagers mobilisedThe attack comes exactly six months after a shooting in Pittsburgh in which 11 people were killed, thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.
The father and two brothers of the alleged organiser of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Zahran Hashim, were killed in a security forces operation on Friday, police say.Hashim, who blew himself up at a hotel in Colombo, founded an Islamist group, the NTJ, which has now been banned.Police have raided the group's HQ in the eastern town of Kattankudy.The Sri Lankan president has announced a ban on face coverings, aimed at Muslim women following the attacks.Children of the Easter Sunday attacksWhat led to carnage?What is the NTJ?The attacks targeted churches and hotels, killing at least 250 people.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will name a Jewish community in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump in honor of his decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the strategic plateau.Netanyahu made the announcement Tuesday while visiting the Golan."All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights," the prime minister says in a Video"Therefore, after the Passover holiday, I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump."