Gay Rights Rally In Russia Ends In Violence

Portugal could still pull level with Russia in next week’s last qualifiers but the Russians have scored seven more goals than the Portuguese, giving them the decisive edge. The draw in Lisbon ensured Portugal at least a place in the playoff between the best eight second-place teams in the nine European qualifying groups. Bulgaria’s 2-1 defeat against Armenia in Group B meant Portugal has enough points for a playoff berth. Russia powered past Luxembourg with first-half goals from Alexander Samedov, Victor Faizulin and Denis Glushakov. Alexander Kerzhakov got another in the 73rd. “We have played a very good match, on high speed and with great desire,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “We’ve reached our goal.” Portugal, a 2012 European Championship semifinalist, failed to impress against Israel in what has been a lackluster qualifying campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo producing a muted performance in the Portuguese capital. A blunder by goalkeeper Rui Patricio cost Portugal victory as his 85th-minute clearance went straight to Ben Basat, who canceled out Ricardo Costa’s 27th-minute strike. The game was tense to the end as a below-par Portuguese team held onto its slender lead. Portugal’s qualification bid went off track earlier in the campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Northern Ireland and a 3-3- draw in Israel, and Friday’s lukewarm match was reminiscent of those displays. The Portuguese defense was depleted by the absence of three regular starters, but its attack was the weakest point and the team struggled to find its rhythm going forward. More Soccer

Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 12, 2013./ AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky ST. PETERSBURG, Russia A gay rights rally in St. Petersburg has ended in scuffles after several dozen protesters were confronted by about 200 conservative and religious activists. The police standing nearby waited until clashes broke out between the two groups before intervening. According to Russian news agencies, the police detained 67 people from both sides. The scuffles started after anti-gay protesters tore a rainbow flag out of a woman’s hands. The St. Petersburg city government had sanctioned the rally despite the Russian government’s June passage of a contentious law outlawing gay “propaganda.” Gays in Russia have faced increasing pressure and threats of violence from homophobic vigilantes. St. Petersburg police could not immediately be reached for comment. 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Russia’s mysteries on display at N.C. Museum of History

When the collection is not on display in museums, Durdin keeps very little of it in her home in Tampa, Fla. Florida gets a lot of hurricanes, so anything thats any good is not at my house, said Durdin, who is also a noted watercolor artist. I was looted after one of the hurricanes in 2004, but all they got was two old computers and a DVD player. They didnt even take my TVs because they werent good enough. All the good porcelain was in locker-sized safe-deposit boxes at the bank. Focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, The Tsars Cabinet mirrors several hundred years of changes in Russia, a truly enormous country. To that end, it has a few things that communicate a sense of Russias scale. A map on the floor shows its size compared to North Carolina, which is a tiny fraction of Russias vast tracts. Near that map is a case with 16 porcelain figures representing people from some of the different Russian ethnicities that came together as the Russian empire consolidated Cossack, Tartar, Kamchatka, Samoyhed and others. When we were first pulling this together at William & Mary in 2007, we were searching for a theme, Durdin said. I was excited to come up with using decorative arts to tell the story of history political and social trends, and what monarchs thought was important enough to communicate at the time. What comes across is opulence. A large portion of the show is given over to elaborate meal-service sets, finely rendered with designs ranging from coats of arms to scenes depicting family members and landscapes. One of the standout pieces is 1889s Durnovo Casket, a breadbox-sized keepsake container with staggering attention to detail. But most attention-getting of all is the pair of 1845-vintage oversized urns in the Etruscan style, painted with figures engaged in the study of arts.