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Uganda's parliament passed a law on Friday that makes some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, a spokeswoman for the legislature said, a move that raised alarm among gays who are already afraid to express their sexuality openly. First introduced in parliament in 2009 as a private member's bill, the law initially proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts in the conservative east African country. Germany cut off aid to Uganda late last year citing the bill as one of its concerns. Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), said he would try to rally rights activists to have the law blocked by the courts.
London theatres sought Friday to reassure visitors about the safety of their buildings after the ceiling collapsed onto the audience at a packed show, injuring 76 people. Desmond Thomas, 18, part of a school party watching the show, said they heard noises before the accident.