Participants wait backstage for the start of a drag queen competition ...
Feb 18th, 2012
(Reuters) - Participants wait backstage for the start of a drag queen competition during carnival festivities in Las Palmas on the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria February 17, 2012. Picture taken February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Borja Suarez (SPAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) -
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By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's coalition government put a crackdown on immigration at the heart of its legislative agenda on Wednesday in the hope of stopping an exodus of voters to a populist anti-immigration party before a national election in 2015. In a pageantry-rich ceremony marking the annual opening of Britain's parl... [Full Article]
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