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Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family
Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against new laws easing abortion restrictions and legalising gay marriage, accusing French President Francois Hollande's government of "family phobia".

Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family
Amnesty Brazil blasts Russian "homophobia"
Amnesty Brazil blasts Russian "homophobia"

Brazil's branch of Amnesty International on Sunday held a rally in Rio to protest what it termed Russia's "homophobia".

Amnesty Brazil blasts Russian "homophobia"
Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs
Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs

Pro-choice supporters were set to converge on Madrid's streets Saturday to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion.

Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs
Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage
Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage

Some 300 gay rights activists gathered -- holding hands, kissing and waving rainbow flags -- in front of Venezuela's parliament Friday to present a petition for same-sex marriage.

Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage
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Kazakhstan has no need for death penalty: criminal law expert

I believe that life-long sentence is a severe enough punishment and the restrictions it imposes on a person are tough enough to view it as a real alternative to death penalty: Kazakhstan professor of criminal law.

Kazakhstan has no need for death penalty: criminal law expert
Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Charlie Shrem exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York January 27, 2014. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Bitcoin dealers charged in US with money laundering

US authorities Monday filed criminal charges against two operators of a Bitcoin exchange, including the head of a company with high-profile investment backers.

Bitcoin dealers charged in US with money laundering
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US nuns can opt out of contraception clause

The US Supreme Court said Friday that religiously-affiliated groups could opt out of a provision in the new health care law that requires employers to provide insurance that includes contraception.

US nuns can opt out of contraception clause
Nigeria to hold presidential vote on February 14, 2015
Nigeria to hold presidential vote on February 14, 2015

Nigeria is to hold its next presidential election on February 14, 2015, the electoral agency said Friday, with incumbent head of state Goodluck Jonathan expected to seek a second term.

Nigeria to hold presidential vote on February 14, 2015
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When traditions violate human rights: bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan

Members of the Lower Chamber of the Kazakhstan Parliament are considering toughening of the punishment for bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan.

When traditions violate human rights: bride kidnapping in Kazakhstan
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics

Abortion and euthanasia will be among hot button issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande.

France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics
Erick Munoz, Marlise Munoz and their son. Photo courtesy of ibtimes.com
Brain-dead Texas woman's fetus 'abnormal,' lawyers say

The fetus being carried by a pregnant American woman already declared brain dead is "distinctly abnormal".

Brain-dead Texas woman's fetus 'abnormal,' lawyers say
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group

Australia has damaged its human rights record by persistently undercutting refugee protections, including a "draconian" policy to send asylum-seekers to Pacific island camps.

Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group
Same-sex couples sue Florida for right to wed
Same-sex couples sue Florida for right to wed

Six same-sex couples filed suit against the US state of Florida Tuesday for refusing to let them marry.

Same-sex couples sue Florida for right to wed
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Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones

A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a "complete disgrace".

Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones
Smoking pot no more dangerous than drinking: Obama
Smoking pot no more dangerous than drinking: Obama

President Barack Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking but calls it a "bad idea," amid a push for legalization in several states.

Smoking pot no more dangerous than drinking: Obama
Airport of Almaty city. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Foreign charter flights ban causes annual loss of $4.5 million to Almaty airport

The Airport of Almaty is loosing $4.5 million annually because of the ban on foreign charter flights from Kazakhstan.

Foreign charter flights ban causes annual loss of $4.5 million to Almaty airport
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Uganda president blocks anti-gay bill: report

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life, saying there were better ways to cure the "abnormality", a report said Friday.

Uganda president blocks anti-gay bill: report
Japan PM to attend Sochi Olympics: reports
Japan PM to attend Sochi Olympics: reports

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, reports said Friday, despite calls for a boycott over Russia's anti-gay laws.

Japan PM to attend Sochi Olympics: reports
Same-sex ban 'legalises' homophobic violence: gay Nigerians
Same-sex ban 'legalises' homophobic violence: gay Nigerians

Gay activists on Tuesday vowed to fight the Nigerian government after the country outlawed same-sex unions, warning the act legitimised homophobic violence and increased fears of persecution.

Same-sex ban 'legalises' homophobic violence: gay Nigerians
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New Criminal Code: Kazakhstan to reserve to confiscation of property without court verdict in exceptional cases only

Confiscation of property without a court verdict will only be used in cases against fugitive criminals and to fight illegal acquisition of property in Kazakhstan.

New Criminal Code: Kazakhstan to reserve to confiscation of property without court verdict in exceptional cases only