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Graveyard reserved for gays and lesbians in Copenhagen

Copenhagen  - A special graveyard has been opened for Danish homosexuals in Copenhagen where the organization Rainbow has reserved 36 places for funeral urns, reports said Tuesday.

The organization has an option for a further 12 places in a section of the municipal Assistens cemetery in the Danish capital where famed Danish writers HC Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard are buried.

Ivan Larsen said he and his partner, Ove Carlsen, felt they wanted to be close also after death, and co-founded Rainbow a year ago that offers its members a funeral urn site for 2,500 kroner (525 dollars).

Majority of Danes support Olympic ceremony boycott

Prince FrederikCopenhagen- Crown Prince Frederik's hopes of being elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are closely linked with the Danish government's decision on whether or not to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, reports said Monday.

Meanwhile, there seemed to be support for a boycott, a survey said.

Kai Holm, Denmark's current IOC delegate who steps down next year, said if Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Denmark should stay away from the opening ceremony it would end the prince's chances.

Danish dairy group Arla sales impacted in Middle East

Copenhagen - Danish food company Arla was Monday reported to again be struggling with a consumer boycott in the Middle East in the wake of anger against the re-publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Sales in the region have halved although the group still sells its products in most markets, sales director Finn Hansen told newspaper Jyllands-Posten, estimating the sales drop to be 1.3 billion kroner (274 million dollars).

Arla was also targeted in 2006 in the wake of the crisis triggered by the publication of 12 controversial caricatures of the prophet when religious and political leaders called for a boycott.

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