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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Pakistan opposition leader Maryam Nawaz arrested in graft probe 8 August 2019, 2:58 PM

Pakistan's anti-corruption bureau arrested opposition leader Maryam Nawaz on Thursday, the agency and a spokesperson for her political party said, the latest high-profile detention of a member of the Sharif political dynasty.

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At least 300 Kashmiri politicians detained to quell protests over status 8 August 2019, 10:01 AM

Indian authorities have detained at least 300 politicians and separatists to quell protests in Kashmir over the withdrawal of its special status, a police officer, local leaders and media said on Thursday, in one of the biggest crackdowns in years.

Donald Trump
Trump visits mass shooting victims amid protests 8 August 2019, 6:55 AM

US President Donald Trump met victims and first responders from last weekend’s deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio on Wednesday, as chanting protesters accused him of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

Russia upholds bar on Kremlin critics despite protests 7 August 2019, 8:51 PM

Russia's main election board on Wednesday upheld rulings barring several Kremlin critics from a Moscow election next month as the opposition said it would press ahead with nationwide protests this weekend.

Trump to visit cities devastated by mass shootings despite objections 7 August 2019, 8:35 PM

President Donald Trump has told reporters that he believes his rhetoric brings people together as he departed for the first of two cities devastated by mass shootings this past weekend.

Taliban bomb kills 14, wounds 145, despite hopes for Afghan pact 7 August 2019, 7:55 PM

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 people and wounded 145 in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, an attack the government said raised questions about the militants' commitment to peace despite an expected deal with the United States.

Donald Trump
Uncertain welcome awaits Trump in Ohio and Texas after deadly mass shootings 7 August 2019, 5:43 PM

US President Donald Trump dismissed legislation to ban assault rifles as politically unfeasible on Wednesday as he prepared to visit the sites of two deadly mass shootings that shocked the country and drew criticism of his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Brazil judge clears ex-president Lula’s move to Sao Paulo jail 7 August 2019, 4:39 PM

A federal judge in Brazil on Wednesday authorized the transfer of imprisoned former President  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the southern city of Curitiba to a jail in the state of Sao Paulo.

People walk in front of a building with broken windows at the site of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Taliban claims bomb attack on police in Afghanistan 7 August 2019, 12:37 PM

A suicide attacker detonated a car-bomb outside a police station in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday wounding at least 95 people, government officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Jon Huntsman
Russia says outgoing US ambassador failed to improve ties 7 August 2019, 12:01 PM

Russia called outgoing US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman a professional diplomat late on Tuesday, but said he had been unable to improve battered Russia-US ties because he had been hamstrung by domestic US politics, TASS news agency reported.

Members of a group opposing the anti-government protesters retreat after clashing with people attending a demonstration in support of the city-wide strike and to call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong facing biggest crisis since handover 7 August 2019, 5:51 AM

Hong Kong is facing its biggest crisis since it returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday, as more protests were set to rock the Asian financial hub.

US ready to target other countries for supporting Venezuela’s Maduro 6 August 2019, 8:40 PM

US national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said Washington was ready to impose sanctions on any international company doing business with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a sharp escalation of US pressure on the leftist leader. Bolton, addressing a summit on Venezuela in the Peruvian capital Lima, emphasized that tougher international action was needed to […]

Trump plans to visit El Paso as the Hispanic border city mourns 6 August 2019, 5:25 PM

U S President Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to visit El Paso, a heavily Hispanic Texas border city reeling after a shooting rampage in a crowded Walmart left 22 people dead in an attack that appeared to have been racially motivated.

Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey president believes Trump won’t cut ties between the two NATO allies 6 August 2019, 1:01 PM

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he believes United States (US) President Donald Trump will not allow ties between the two NATO allies to become captive to a dispute over Ankara's purchase of a Russian S-400 defence system.

Yang Guang (C) and Xu Luying (R) of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council attends a news conference on the current situation in Hong Kong.
China calls on US politicians to stop colluding with Hong Kong separatists 6 August 2019, 9:39 AM

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said US politicians should immediately stop colluding with separatists in the city.

A U.S. dollar banknote featuring American founding father Benjamin Franklin and a China's yuan banknote featuring late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong are seen among U.S. and Chinese flags in this illustration.
US designates China a currency manipulator, escalating trade war 6 August 2019, 5:53 AM

The designation by the US Treasury Secretary starts a formal process of bilateral negotiations between the world’s two largest economies, and fulfils a promise made by US President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump
After massacres, Trump condemns white supremacy and bigotry 5 August 2019, 6:07 PM

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after a gunman killed 20 people in an attack in Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime.

People burn firecrackers as they celebrate after the government scrapped the special status for Kashmir
India scraps special status for Kashmir in step Pakistan calls illegal 5 August 2019, 2:48 PM

India on Monday revoked the special status of Kashmir, the Himalayan region that has long been a flashpoint in ties with neighbouring Pakistan, as it moves to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country.

Protesters hurl objects at the police during a demonstration in support of the city-wide strike and to call for democratic reforms at Tin Shui Wai in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong police fire tear gas as strikes paralyze city 5 August 2019, 11:32 AM

As some train and bus services resumed, tens of thousands of demonstrators fanned out across several districts, where protests again degenerated into running clashes with riot police.

El Paso lands in crossfire of debates over gun violence and immigration 5 August 2019, 10:18 AM

The artist had planned to unveil his mural on Sunday at a community event in El Paso, the latest of his works to celebrate the life of his murdered son.

New Zealand to decriminalise abortion laws, critics say bill falls short 5 August 2019, 9:05 AM

New Zealand plans to decriminalise abortion and treat it is as a health issue, the government said on Monday in the first major reform to abortion laws in more than four decades that some activists said fell short of expectations.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong leader says protests are challenging China’s sovereignty 5 August 2019, 6:02 AM

The Chinese-controlled city, an Asian financial hub, has been rocked by months of protests.

Democrats target Trump rhetoric after deadly mass shootings 4 August 2019, 6:14 PM

Two mass shootings that killed 30 people in Texas and Ohio reverberated across the United States' political arena on Sunday as Democratic presidential candidates called for stricter gun laws and accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial tensions.

Boris Johnson
UK PM Johnson ready to fast-track health funding to meet Brexit pledge 4 August 2019, 4:37 PM

Britain Prime Minister,Boris Johnson, will fast-track funding for Britain's public health service,announcing 1.8 billion pounds ($2.19 billion) to upgrade 20 hospitals, part of the new leader's push to meet his Brexit pledges.

Ten people, including one suspect, killed in Dayton, Ohio shooting 4 August 2019, 11:54 AM

Ten people, including one suspect, were killed early on Sunday in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and at least 16 others were taken to hospitals with injuries, police said.

Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store 4 August 2019, 7:27 AM

A man armed with a rifle opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding 26 others as panicked shoppers and employees scurried for cover before the gunman surrendered to police at the scene.

Russian police detain over 800 in opposition crackdown in Moscow 3 August 2019, 9:31 PM

Russian police forcibly detained over 800 people attending a protest in Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections, including prominent activist Lyubov Sobol, after authorities warned the demonstration was illegal.

Thousands of Indians flee Kashmir after security advisory – official 3 August 2019, 3:40 PM

Thousands of Indians have started leaving the disputed region of Kashmir after the local government issued a security alert related to possible militant attacks in the area, a senior government official said on Saturday.

Protesters march in Hong Kong as rival rally supports police 3 August 2019, 11:57 AM

Thousands of mostly black-clad activists set off on a protest march in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on Saturday, as the Chinese-controlled city braced for another weekend of anti-government demonstrations.

Johnson’s parliamentary majority almost gone as pro-EU party wins seat 3 August 2019, 7:04 AM

Britain’s pro-European Union Liberal Democrats won a parliamentary seat from the governing Conservative Party, taking new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s working majority to just one as he tries to steer the country through Brexit.