Greek socialist leader elected

to head center-left alliance

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s socialist leader has been elected as the leader of a new center-left alliance.

With the counting almost complete, the 53-year-old Fofi Gennimata, a former Athens governor and minister, leads with 57 percent Sunday. Her runoff rival, 38-year-old Nikos Androulakis, a European Parliament legislator and former socialist youth leader, is getting 43 percent.

Both qualified for the runoff in the vote last week, where they decisively defeated incumbent Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis, and Stavros Theodorakis, leader of centrist party To Potami, as well as five other candidates.

Gennimata’s win is unlikely to appeal to more centrist voters, or socialist modernizers, many of whom backed her challenger in the second round.

Thousands celebrate in Rio’s gay

pride parade on Copacabana

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of revelers danced on Copacabana beach Sunday to celebrate Rio de Janeiro’s annual gay pride parade despite deep funding cuts by the city.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella offered no city funding this year, but organizers said they were able to finance festivities with the support of private businesses and organizations.

In 2016, the city funded 50 percent of the parade, which costs around $200,000 to put on.

Sunday’s celebration featured dozens of Brazilian artists performing on trucks traveling down Copacabana beach.

Despite its reputation as a liberal country, Brazil has some of Latin America’s highest rates of violence against gay and transgender people.

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