Andre Penner, Associated Press
A reveler dances in the gay pride parade in Sao Paulo on Sunday. The parade, one of the world's largest, attracts millions of participants.

Brazil: Millions march

SAO PAULO — Millions of people waving rainbow flags and wearing lavish Carnival costumes danced and cheered their way through South America's largest city on Sunday to celebrate gay pride and demand an end to homophobia and sexism.

Gay men, lesbians and cross-dressers paraded down the skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo's financial heart, to the beat of loud music blasted off more than 20 sound trucks.

Organizers expected more than 3 million people at the 12th annual Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade, which traditionally is one of the biggest in the world.

Mexico: Threat affects nightlife

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Streets, nightclubs and restaurants were largely deserted this weekend in a Mexican city across from Texas where a widely circulated e-mail warned of a bloodbath.

But violence did not appear to be worse than usual in Ciudad Juarez, home base of the powerful Juarez drug cartel and one of the hardest-hit cities in a surge of homicides across Mexico.

Security officials reported at least six homicides since Saturday, including two municipal police officers who were riddled with machine-gun fire as they were getting into a car. Several businesses were set on fire, but nobody was hurt.

Nepal: Man, 76, climbs Everest

KATMANDU — A 76-year-old Nepalese man reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday and became the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain, a tourism official said.

Min Bahadur Sherchan reached the 29,035-foot summit early in the morning with his climbing guides, said a Nepal Tourism Ministry official, Ramesh Chetri.

Sherchan was just 25 days away from his 77th birthday, Chetri said.

He beat the record set last year by Japanese climber Katsusuke Yanagisawa, who scaled the peak at age 71.

Pakistan: Judge lashes out

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's deposed chief justice said Sunday that officials who bowed to President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule and ouster of judges last year would be "punished."

Two U.S. senators meanwhile arrived in Pakistan to show Washington's support for the new government in Islamabad, amid disagreements in the coalition on how to resolve the issue of the judges.

S. Korea: U.S. beef protested

SEOUL — Hundreds of South Korean protesters clashed with riot police early today during an illegal rally against a beef import agreement with the United States.

Riot police at the protest in downtown Seoul beat several protesters who were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

A policeman "shoved me and slammed his shield into my right side, and the pain is killing me," Cho Ik-bi, a 36-year-old businessman, told The Associated Press as he was taken to an ambulance.

A police officer at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency declined to comment on the police violence.

Saudi Arabia: Activist not eating

RIYADH — A leading Saudi human rights activist has been on a hunger strike since being arrested last week, and his health is deteriorating, his wife said Sunday.

Matrook al-Faleh was arrested last Monday at King Saud University in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he teaches political science, New York-based Human Rights Watch said on its Web site.

Saudi officials have not commented on the arrest. The rights group said it came after al-Faleh publicly criticized conditions in a prison where two other human rights activists are serving jail terms.

Al-Faleh's wife, Jamila, visited her husband Sunday at the state security investigation compound where he is being held and said his health was getting worse.