Elsie Liao (R) and Mayu Yu stand in an alleyway outside the registry office where they asked to be married, before being turned away, in Beijing on February 25, 2013. Although not in a relationship together, the pair sought to draw attention to China's stance on same-sex marriage which is not recognised by law, the lack of access to social benefits available to couples, and to promote public awareness of discrimination against the LGBT community. China's government has an un-verified but widely reported 'three no's' policy towards homosexuality; no approval, no disapproval, no promotion. Same-sex acts were decriminalised in China in 1997, and homosexuality was removed from the country's mental illness list in 2001. As of June 2012 a 14-year-old ban was lifted allowing lesbians, although not gay men, to give blood. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones
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Fans watched Andy Murray of Great Britain play in his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Murray Mound during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England.
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for photographs in the Oval Office at the White House June 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Rousseff and Obama held meetings and a joint press conference almost two years after Rousseff accepted but then skipped an invitation to the White House due to revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. had spied on Rousseff and other Brazilians.
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French President Francois Hollande (L) accompanies Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier after their meeting at the Elysee on June 30, 2015, in Paris France. This official visit to France, during which a host of deals are expected to be signed, is set to enhance bilateral practical cooperation and consolidate mutual political trust.
A holidaymaker reacts as people lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005.
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Holidaymakers react as people lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005.
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Members of the emergency services take part in Exercise Strong Tower outside the disused Aldywch tube station on Surrey Street on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The counter-terrorism training exercise will involve as many as 1,000 officers and will take place across the city until Wednesday afternoon.