Thousands of men convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws
in Britain have been pardoned posthumously under a law enacted on
Tuesday, and many more still alive can now apply to have their criminal
convictions wiped out.
Announcing the new law, the Ministry of Justice said the pardons apply automatically to deceased men who were convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.
24-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown
Monday in a pageant held in the Philippines, saying her triumph will
make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to
put more underprivileged children in school.
Iris Mittenaere from Lille city in northern France buried her face in her hands in shock and joy as the outgoing winner from the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers at the packed Mall of Asia Arena by Manila Bay.