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'Time has come' for immigration reform: Obama
'Time has come' for immigration reform: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Monday the time has come to reform America's "broken" immigration policy, renewing his appeal to lawmakers to clinch a deal that he said is now within reach.

'Time has come' for immigration reform: Obama
Fight for gay marriage goes to US Supreme Court
Fight for gay marriage goes to US Supreme Court

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington on Tuesday, when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case.

Fight for gay marriage goes to US Supreme Court
Gay marriage foes stage last-ditch protest in Paris
Gay marriage foes stage last-ditch protest in Paris

Hundreds of thousands opposed to French legislation allowing gay marriage staged a massive protest march in Paris Sunday, with police using force to evict hundreds from the Champs-Elysees.

Gay marriage foes stage last-ditch protest in Paris
New Yorkers march for US gay rights before hearings
New Yorkers march for US gay rights before hearings

Several hundred people marched in New York on Sunday to support the legalization of gay marriage, two days before the US Supreme Court is due to examine the issue.

New Yorkers march for US gay rights before hearings
Queen to sign rights charter: palace
Queen to sign rights charter: palace

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was on Monday to sign a charter calling for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations.

Queen to sign rights charter: palace
Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill
Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill

Three months after Newtown, the prospects for President Barack Obama's ambitious gun control measures have dimmed, as hopes for expanded background checks clash with stubborn political realities.

Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill
Swiss overwhelmingly vote for golden parachute ban
Swiss overwhelmingly vote for golden parachute ban

A large majority of Swiss voted Sunday to rein in executive pay and force business leaders to give up golden parachutes, according to final results of the popular vote.

Swiss overwhelmingly vote for golden parachute ban
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Senators propose first US carbon tax

US senators proposed a tax on carbon emissions Thursday amid growing calls for action on climate change, but the bill is expected to face staunch opposition from many conservatives.

Senators propose first US carbon tax
Cybersecurity battle looms after Obama directive
Cybersecurity battle looms after Obama directive

President Barack Obama's order aimed at ramping up protection from cyberattacks will address only a small portion of threats and sets up a fresh battle in Congress over legislation.

Cybersecurity battle looms after Obama directive
Obama urges US Congress to act on climate
Obama urges US Congress to act on climate

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday told divided lawmakers he will act on climate change even if they do not, vowing to set ambitious long-term goals such as ending the car's dependence on oil.

Obama urges US Congress to act on climate
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New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban

A New Zealand politician has labelled young Muslim men a terrorist threat who should be banned from Western airlines, sparking condemnation from Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.

New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe

Ania and Yga have been inseparable for the last 17 years, living together as a couple in the Polish capital Warsaw but their love is seen as second class in this deeply Roman Catholic country.

Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
Irish lawmakers vote to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank
Irish lawmakers vote to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank

Irish lawmakers voted through emergency legislation to liquidate the former Anglo Irish bank early Thursday, as part of a deal to ease the eurozone country's massive debt burden.

Irish lawmakers vote to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank
US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill
US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill

Lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill Tuesday cracking down on "straw purchasers" who traffic firearms to criminals, the first in a series of new gun control measures expected in Congress.

US lawmakers introduce gun trafficking bill
British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote
British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote

British lawmakers voted in favour of controversial legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite fierce opposition from members of Prime Minister David Cameron's own party.

British lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote
Obama signs sweeping US defense spending bill
Obama signs sweeping US defense spending bill

President Barack Obama has signed into law a $633 billion US defense spending bill that funds the war in Afghanistan and boosts security at US missions worldwide.

Obama signs sweeping US defense spending bill
US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban
US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban

US adoption agencies expressed deep concern Thursday after President Vladimir Putin backed legislation making it illegal for Russian children to be adopted by Americans.

US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban
Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion
Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion

Uruguay took a step toward legalizing abortion on Tuesday as lawmakers in the lower chamber of parliament narrowly passed a bill allowing the procedure under certain conditions.

Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion
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US judge nixes terror detention law

A New York federal judge shot down part of a controversial anti-terror law Wednesday that journalists and scholars worry could see them locked up indefinitely for speaking their minds.

US judge nixes terror detention law
Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press
Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government is the big loser from weekend legislative polls despite the poor showing of opposition democratic parties.

Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press