China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

21 August 2019, 5:25 PM
Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage.
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Sales of food, cars slow in Argentina after peso crash as election looms 14 August 2019, 6:04 PM

Sales of everything from cars to food and beauty products slowed in Argentina following a collapse in the peso currency, as suppliers held back shipments while trying to calculate how the devaluation will affect consumer prices.

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Women expected to sue Jeffrey Epstein’s estate over sexual abuse claims 14 August 2019, 3:00 PM

Women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein are expected to sue the disgraced financier's estate as soon as Wednesday, when a New York law goes into effect that makes it easier for people to file civil lawsuits over sexual abuse.

Chinese state media urge action, voice support for Hong Kong police after overnight clashes 14 August 2019, 11:00 AM

Chinese state media called on Beijing on Wednesday to deal with protests in Hong Kong more decisively after a reporter from one of China's largest government-backed newspapers was caught up in overnight clashes.

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US, Britain discuss trade deal that could take effect on Nov 1 14 August 2019, 5:59 AM

Britain and the United States are discussing a partial trade accord that could take effect on Nov.1, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong
Clashes at Hong Kong airport continue 13 August 2019, 9:12 PM

 Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day and the political crisis in the former British colony deepened.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport; UN urges restraint over protests 13 August 2019, 7:24 PM

Protesters clashed with police at Hong Kong’s international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil.

Argentina’s currency plunges as President’s re-election takes a blow 13 August 2019, 5:06 PM

Argentina's peso dropped again on Tuesday as market turmoil spilled into a second day following opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez's landslide victory in a primary election that dealt a severe blow to President Mauricio Macri's re-election chances.

Kyrgyz ex-president arrested, accused of coup plan- state media 13 August 2019, 12:10 PM

The head of Kyrgyzstan's security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him.

New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say 13 August 2019, 10:00 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

Hong Kong leader urges calm as protest tensions rise; airport reopens 13 August 2019, 6:43 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the city's recovery from protests that have swept the Asian financial hub could take a long time and that she would be responsible for rebuilding its economy "after the violence eases".

Venezuela pro-government legislature holds session, may disband congress 12 August 2019, 9:01 PM

Venezuela’s pro-government legislature holds a session on Monday amid accusations it is planning to disband the opposition-run parliament and convene early legislative elections, potentially escalating the country’s political crisis.

British spy agencies see foreign ties intact despite Brexit 12 August 2019, 8:33 PM

Britain's intelligence agencies expect close relations with European and other foreign spy services to continue regardless of plans to quit the European Union (EU), official sources said.

New US rule could disqualify half of visa applicants 12 August 2019, 4:31 PM

United States President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a new rule on Monday that could deny permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

US-Taliban talks end without a deal, both sides to consult: Taliban 12 August 2019, 12:29 PM

Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides would consult their leaders on the next steps, the Taliban said.

No-deal Brexit could deepen Europe’s shortage of medicines: Experts 12 August 2019, 9:52 AM

As the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain to leave the European Union approaches, health professionals are warning that shortages of some medicines could worsen in Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Guatemala conservative romps to landslide win, faces big migration test 12 August 2019, 5:42 AM

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei swept aside his center-left rival in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday

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Death toll from typhoon in eastern China rises to 32 as storm moves north 11 August 2019, 9:42 PM

The death toll from a typhoon in eastern China rose to 32 on Sunday, with 16 people missing,state broadcaster CCTV reported, as the country braced for more travel disruptions as the storm moved further north up the coast.

Thousands rally in Hong Kong in fresh protests, marchers defy police ban 11 August 2019, 10:41 AM

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters rallied on Sunday, defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and continuing a restive weekend of demonstrations which saw police fire teargas overnight.

Saudi-led coalition moves against separatists who seized Aden in blow to alliance 11 August 2019, 6:28 AM

The Saudi-led coalition on Sunday intervened in Aden in support of the Yemeni government after southern separatists effectively took over the southern port city, fracturing the alliance that had been focused on battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

Texas shooting suspect told police he targeted ‘Mexicans’ 10 August 2019, 7:42 PM

The suspected gunman accused of killing 22 people in a shooting rampage at Walmart in El Paso, Texas last weekend confessed while surrendering and told police he was targeting “Mexicans,” according to an El Paso police affidavit released on Friday .

Major power cut impacting homes, transport in large parts of Britain 10 August 2019, 12:43 PM

Large parts of Britain were hit by a power cut, affecting trains, knocking out traffic lights and disrupting an airport during rush hour on Friday evening.

Muslims at haj gather on Mount Arafat to atone for sins 10 August 2019, 10:29 AM

Two million Muslims gathered at Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Saturday amid the summer heat and regional tensions for a vigil to atone for their sins and seek God's forgiveness as part of the annual haj pilgrimage.

Danish police is seen outside a local police station, following an explosion in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Danish capital hit by second blast in four days 10 August 2019, 9:40 AM

Serious attacks or violence are rare in the small Nordic country of 5.7 million people that prides itself on a reputation for safety and social tolerance.

North Korean military conducts a "strike drill" for multiple launchers and tactical guided weapon.
North Korea projectile appears to be short-range ballistic missile 10 August 2019, 7:34 AM

Pyongyang fired two projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday in its latest weapons launch following a series of missile tests in recent months.

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Britain will spend “whatever it takes” on no deal – Gove 9 August 2019, 6:53 PM

Britain will spend "whatever it takes" before its departure date from the European Union to prepare for the possibility of leaving without a divorce deal, the minister responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit said on Friday.

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World Food Programme to resume food aid in Yemen’s Sanaa 9 August 2019, 3:01 PM

The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday it would resume the distribution of food to 850,000 people in Yemen's capital Sanaa next week after a two-month stoppage, having reached an agreement the Iran-aligned Houthi authorities.

Protesters throng Hong Kong airport as property lobby calls for calm 9 August 2019, 10:52 AM

Demonstrators crowded the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airport on Friday, handing out anti-government leaflets and waving banners in a dozen languages in an effort to raise awareness among visitors ahead of a weekend of protests planned across the city.

Scores from Mexico, Guatemala detained in Mississippi raids 9 August 2019, 6:35 AM

The governments of Guatemala and Mexico said on Thursday that between them, almost 300 of their citizens had been detained in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi as part of sweeping U.S. immigration operations.

UN urges restraint between India and Pakistan over Kashmir 8 August 2019, 8:25 PM

The United Nations continues to urge restraint amidst rising tensions between nuclear-armed nations India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Kashmir that has long been a region of dispute with Islamabad.

Petition by Walmart employee to protest gun sales gathers nearly 45 000 signatures 8 August 2019, 6:45 PM

A petition started by a junior Walmart Inc worker in California to protest the retailer's sale of firearms, following two mass shootings over the weekend that left 31 people dead in Texas and Ohio, has gathered nearly 45 000 signatures.