Gay tolerance clearly has a long way to go in some African states. The British producer of a play about homosexuals has enraged authorities in Uganda, leading to his deportation back to the UK. His local girlfriend and two children were left behind.
A pro-government party in Azerbaijan has offered a "bounty" of some €10,000 for an ear of writer Akram Aylisli, whose latest controversial fiction novel describes the volatile Armenian-Azeri relations during the final days of the Soviet Union.
Moscow is preparing a lawsuit against the US Library of Congress over rare books claimed by a US-based Hasidic group. The move comes amid ‘outrage’ over a US court ruling to fine Russia US$50,000 daily until it surrenders the texts.