World briefs

ENGLAND

Beatle honored at Buckingham Palace

LONDON — Paul McCartney paid tribute to his parents after a ceremony making him a Companion of Honor at Buckingham Palace.

The former Beatle was joined by wife, Nancy Shevell, at the Friday ceremony on a sparkling spring day.

He said in a written statement that he saw the award “as a huge honor for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.”

The 75-year-old songwriter, bass player and singer received a knighthood 21 years ago.

Bandmate Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ drummer, was made a knight earlier this year. The other two Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, have died.

CUBA

Castro’s daughter to push for gay reform

HAVANA — Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, says she will push for gay marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July.

The reform is expected to encompass a wide range of modernizing changes to Cuba’s 1976 constitution, which was designed for a Soviet-style command economy. The communist government has been slowly introducing market reforms and trying to encourage more interaction with the global economy.

Homosexuality was persecuted in the years after the 1959 revolution led by the Castro family but Cuba has ended anti-gay policies and forbidden workplace discrimination. Mariela Castro has become a prominent gay rights activist.

She told reporters Friday that she would ask that the new charter and accompanying laws allow gay marriage.