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Thousands march in Washington for gun control
Thousands march in Washington for gun control

Thousands of people marched in Washington on Saturday to demand stronger gun control legislation, in a solemn rally six weeks after the shock massacre of young children at a Connecticut school.

Thousands march in Washington for gun control
Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill
Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill

Russia's parliament has given initial backing to a bill banning homosexual "propaganda" among children that could lead to gays being fined for demonstrating or kissing in public.

Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill
Japan says will sign child abduction treaty
Japan says will sign child abduction treaty

Japan's foreign minister said Friday his country's new government would sign a treaty on child abductions, addressing one of the few rifts in relations with its main ally the United States.

Japan says will sign child abduction treaty
Obama unveils sweeping gun control measures
Obama unveils sweeping gun control measures

President Barack Obama Wednesday demanded an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun buyers as part of sweeping gun control measures in response to the Newtown school massacre.

Obama unveils sweeping gun control measures
Gun lobby slams 'elitist hypocrite' Obama
Gun lobby slams 'elitist hypocrite' Obama

The US gun lobby lashed out at President Barack Obama Tuesday as an "elitist hypocrite" for providing Secret Service protection to his daughters but balking at having armed guards in all schools.

Gun lobby slams 'elitist hypocrite' Obama
Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves
Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves

President Barack Obama pledged Monday to vigorously pursue "sensible" gun control but, a month after a school massacre traumatized America, questioned whether tough new laws could pass Congress.

Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves
President Nazarbayev. © Maksim Popov
Kazakhstan adopts state-supported education deposits

Depositing a certain amount in the name of their child, parents enjoy both the bank’s interest and a special premium from the government.

Kazakhstan adopts state-supported education deposits
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Law allowing Cubans to go abroad without permit takes effect

A law allowing Cubans to travel abroad without special permits took effect on the communist-ruled island Monday for the first time in half a century.

Law allowing Cubans to go abroad without permit takes effect
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Deaf Belgian twins going blind commit euthanasia: press

Deaf Belgian identical twins used a decade-old euthanasia law in a mercy-killing pact after they began to go blind.

Deaf Belgian twins going blind commit euthanasia: press
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Nazarbayev signed law on countering terrorism

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a Law On amendments to several legislative acts of Kazakhstan on countering terrorism.

Nazarbayev signed law on countering terrorism
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US trying to help families adopt Russian kids

Washington is trying to help hundreds of American families whose dreams of adopting a child from Russia are in limbo after the passage of a controversial Russian law.

US trying to help families adopt Russian kids
Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest
Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest

Passions and tensions are rising in France ahead of an expected giant weekend rally against the government's plan to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption that has angered influential Catholic and Muslim groups.

Passions rise in France ahead of anti gay marriage protest
Obama signs 'fiscal cliff' bill into law
Obama signs 'fiscal cliff' bill into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law a contentious compromise bill hammered out in Congress that narrowly averted the US 'fiscal cliff of tax hikes and drastic, immediate cuts in spending.

Obama signs 'fiscal cliff' bill into law
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Nazarbayev signed amendments to state service law

Kazakhstan President has signed amendments to Kazakhstan state service legislation called to improve efficiency of the state machine.

Nazarbayev signed amendments to state service law
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China law says family members should visit elderly relatives

China has passed a new law stipulating that family members should pay regular visits to their elderly relatives, according to the government's official website.

China law says family members should visit elderly relatives
Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America
Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America

President Barack Obama enacted a law Friday to counter Iran's alleged influence in Latin America, through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department.

Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America
Senate renews warrantless surveillance act
Senate renews warrantless surveillance act

The Senate approved a five-year extension Friday of a George W. Bush-era surveillance law that allows US spy agencies to conduct wiretapping on foreign citizens without a warrant.

Senate renews warrantless surveillance act
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Philippines seeks unity after birth control law signed

President Benigno Aquino's government called for reconciliation on Saturday after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church.

Philippines seeks unity after birth control law signed
US lobby issues point-blank 'no' on gun control
US lobby issues point-blank 'no' on gun control

The most powerful gun lobby in the United States stood firm Monday against any additional restraints on firearms and ammunition sales -- despite a national outcry in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.

US lobby issues point-blank 'no' on gun control
Obama asked to retaliate over Russia adoption ban
Obama asked to retaliate over Russia adoption ban

Tens of thousands of petitioners are calling for US President Barack Obama to escalate the diplomatic feud that led Moscow to propose a law barring Americans from adopting Russian children.

Obama asked to retaliate over Russia adoption ban