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Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms
Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms

The Philippines held elections Monday seen as crucial for President Benigno Aquino's bold reform agenda, as deadly violence and graft-tainted candidates underlined the nation's deep-rooted problems.

Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms
Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year
Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year

The British government will set out its legislative programme for the coming year on Wednesday, with immigration top of the agenda in a Queen's Speech aimed at people who "work hard and want to get on".

Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year
French parliament adopts landmark gay marriage law
French parliament adopts landmark gay marriage law

French lawmakers on Tuesday defied months of angry protests to approve a bill that is to make France the 14th country worldwide to legalise same-sex marriages.

French parliament adopts landmark gay marriage law
White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform
White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform

The White House warned Monday that the deadly Boston Marathon attacks should not derail momentum towards immigration reform, as US lawmakers clashed over linking the two issues.

White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform
France to approve gay marriage but debate to rumble on
France to approve gay marriage but debate to rumble on

France's parliament will finally approve a bill to legalise gay marriage on Tuesday after months of protests that have shown no sign of abating in the run-up to the historic vote.

France to approve gay marriage but debate to rumble on
Protesters in final bid to block France gay marriage law
Protesters in final bid to block France gay marriage law

Tens of thousands of opponents of government plans to legalise gay marriage marched in Paris Sunday two days before a final vote on the bill, which has provoked fierce and sometimes violent protests.

Protesters in final bid to block France gay marriage law
France's opponents of gay marriage fight to the end
France's opponents of gay marriage fight to the end

France's bitter debate over gay marriage is set to reach a potentially explosive climax on Sunday, two days before a bill legalising same-sex unions is due to be finally approved.

France's opponents of gay marriage fight to the end
France's Hollande blasts 'homophobic' violence
France's Hollande blasts 'homophobic' violence

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hit out at "homophobic" acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar.

France's Hollande blasts 'homophobic' violence
Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform
Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform

Bristling with anger, President Barack Obama branded Wednesday's defeat of his gun reform drive in the US Senate as "shameful," and accused lawmakers of caving in to the powerful firearms lobby.

Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform
New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage
New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage

New Zealand is poised to become the first Asia-Pacific nation to legalise same-sex marriage in a parliamentary vote that gay rights advocates on Tuesday hailed as a milestone for equality.

New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage
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US Republicans oppose gay marriage, in Hollywood

US Republicans reaffirmed their opposition to gay marriage Friday, as they closed a three-day meeting vowing to reach out to liberals, symbolically in the lion's den of liberal Hollywood.

US Republicans oppose gay marriage, in Hollywood
Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along
Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along

Cherry blossoms aren't the only things in bloom in the US capital these days. Progress and bipartisanship are, if not in full flower, at least pushing through cracks in longstanding political gridlock.

Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along
Uruguay approves same-sex marriage
Uruguay approves same-sex marriage

Uruguay's legislature voted Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.

Uruguay approves same-sex marriage
Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts'
Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts'

President Barack Obama accused Republicans of stooping to political stunts Monday to block gun reform, in a fervent appeal delivered close to the site of the Newtown school massacre.

Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts'
US Senate tilts toward support of gay marriage
US Senate tilts toward support of gay marriage

US Senator Bill Nelson endorsed gay marriage on Thursday, shifting the chamber in favor of rights for same-sex couples.

US Senate tilts toward support of gay marriage
Obama more optimistic on immigration than gun control
Obama more optimistic on immigration than gun control

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he was more upbeat about the prospects of immigration reform making it through Congress than tougher gun control legislation.

Obama more optimistic on immigration than gun control
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Connecticut senate backs toughest US gun law

Senate legislators in Connecticut, where a gunman massacred 20 small children and six adults in December, passed the toughest US law on owning military-style rifles.

Connecticut senate backs toughest US gun law
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France says 75% tax will apply to footballers

France said Tuesday that a new 75 percent tax rate on upper incomes would apply to top football players despite claims from clubs that they would be exempt.

France says 75% tax will apply to footballers
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Retirement reform picking up in Kazakhstan

A special attention is given to employees working in tough and hazardous conditions; their employers will allocated extra 5% into their pension funds.

Retirement reform picking up in Kazakhstan
US Supreme Court cautious on same-sex marriage
US Supreme Court cautious on same-sex marriage

The US Supreme Court trod cautiously Tuesday as it considered gay marriage, with justices appearing hesitant to deliver a sweeping historic verdict on the emotionally charged issue.

US Supreme Court cautious on same-sex marriage