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Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Ruiz who was accompanied by Rolando Jimenez, left, president of the Homosexual Liberation and Integration Movement, is the first member of the Chilean armed forces ever to come out publicly as gay with the approval of the High Command of the Chilean navy.

Chile Sailor Publicly Discloses His Homosexuality

INTERNATIONAL | Thursday Aug 28, 2014
A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Spanish Chain Pulls Kids' Shirt After Outcry

INTERNATIONAL | Aug 27
Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.

Participants load a stretcher into an ambulance during a training course to instruct non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers and doctors on how to deal with the Ebola virus.

3rd Doctor Dies From Ebola in Sierra Leone

INTERNATIONAL | By Clarence Roy-Macaulay | Aug 27
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

Jonathan Lynn

UK Man Pleads Guilty of Spraying Chemicals at Gay Men, Others

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 27
A man from the United Kingdom faces jail time after pleading guilty to spraying harmful chemicals at six people in June, nearly blinding a gay man.

Former Miss Spain Reveals She's Gay

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 26
A former Miss Spain announced this week that she is lesbian, making her what some are saying is the first out national beauty queen.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest

AP Sources: US Surveillance Planes Fly Over Syria

INTERNATIONAL | By Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace | Aug 26
The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.

Klaus Wowereit

Berlin Mayor to Resign By End of Year

INTERNATIONAL | By David Rising | Aug 26
Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year.

2 Men Allegedly Beat UK Lesbian Unconscious

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 25
A woman from the United Kingdom says she was attacked and beaten unconscious by two men last month because she is lesbian.

UK Comic Challenges WBC to Protest in Iraq, Members Accept

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 22
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have accepted an offer made by a British comedian, who challenged the "God Hates Fags" church to bring their protesting ways to Iraq.

Timothy Rumney

Gay Man Allegedly Attacked in London for Holding Partner's Hand

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 22
A gay man is opening up after he said he was attacked in London for holding his boyfriend's hand.

President Barack Obama

Obama Faces Tough Options in Iraq and Syria

INTERNATIONAL | By Robert Burns | Aug 22
At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.