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Arrests in Istanbul as LGBTQ marchers try to defy Pride ban

Dozens of people have been detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march Turkey previously was one of the few Muslim-majority countries to allow Pride marches. But the country's largest city has banned the march since 2015. Large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark the end of Pride Month. Organizers said more thn 100 people were arrested on Sunday. Images on social media showed people being frisked and loaded onto buses, including at least one news photographer. A journalists’ union says “many” were beaten by police.

Abortion ruling thrusts companies into divisive arena

The Supreme Court’s decision to end the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion has catapulted businesses of all types into the most divisive corner of politics. A rash of iconic names including The Walt Disney Company, Facebook parent Meta, and Goldman Sachs announced they would pay for travel expenses for those who want the procedure but can't get it in the states they live in. Others including J.P. Morgan Chase, Starbucks and Yelp reiterated past pledges they would cover travel expenses. But of the dozens of big companies that The Associated Press reached out to, many like McDonald's, PepsiCo and Walmart remained silent, underscoring how divisive the issue is.