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Elton John rebukes Russia's anti-gay law, cites Moscow visit

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Elton John spoke out on Wednesday against Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda, saying the law legitimized homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists. John's 500-word statement comes a month after he performed in the country and three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was welcoming to gays, citing the popularity of the openly gay 66-year-old singer as evidence.

'We love Elton John,' Putin says in bid to deflect anti-gay controversy

The Russian strongman also downplayed planned no-shows at the Olympics by Western leaders including US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage

British pop icon Elton John escaped serious criticism in Russia on Saturday after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors. The 66-year-old singer is the first Western star known for fighting gay prejudice to tour Russia since it adopted in June a measure making it illegal to explain same sex relationships to children.

Elton John to raise gay rights at Moscow concert

Elton John is to play a concert in Moscow on Friday during which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's legal crackdown on gay rights. The British singer told CNN last month that he was "going to say something from the stage that's... going to be meaningful" when he plays two dates in Russia, in Moscow on Friday and the Volga city of Kazan on Saturday. He said he planned to be cautious on stage in Russia, fearing that he would be thrown out if he was strongly critical of President Vladimir Putin.

Russian imam warns Elton John fans of 'divine retribution'

A leading Russian Muslim cleric warned Thursday that fans who attend upcoming concerts by openly gay singer Elton John face divine punishment, after the star spoke out in support of Russian gays. "The only thing we can do as believers is to call the people not to give into the temptations of the devil and not attend Elton John's Russian concerts," Seidzhagfar Lutfullin, the imam of a mosque in the Volga city of Kazan told the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily.

Elton John postpones summer tour due to appendicitis

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Elton John has postponed a summer tour because he is suffering from appendicitis, his website said on Tuesday. The 66-year-old "Candle in the Wind" singer was due to perform in London's Hyde Park on Friday as part of a European tour, but called in the doctors after falling ill and was diagnosed with appendicitis.

Elton John treats Paraguay to "unplugged" performance

Asuncion, Mar 7 (EFE).- As promised, British music icon Sir Elton John served up an intimate performance for his first-ever concert in Paraguay. John gave his band the night off, appearing alone on stage with his piano before some 5,000 fans gathered in a courtyard at the Yacht y Golf Club Paraguayo, just outside Asuncion. "Hello, Paraguay. I'm very happy to be in this beautiful country," he told the crowd before launching into "The One," followed by a score of hits such as "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind" and "Rocket Man."
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