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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CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip made him the most senior US official ever known to have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Former US first lady Barbara Bush dies 18 April 2018, 5:35 AM

Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics.

IMF: global economic growth looks solid 17 April 2018, 5:10 PM

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US tells watchdog Russia ‘may have tampered’ with Douma attack site 16 April 2018, 6:15 PM

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French President Emmanuel Macron
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Trump defends ‘Mission Accomplished’ claim 15 April 2018, 7:05 PM

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Israel to free 207 African migrants from prison 15 April 2018, 4:43 PM

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Residents in Chicago took to the street on Saturday in spite of rain to participate in a rally against military intervention in Syria.

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US, Britain, France launch air strikes in Syria 14 April 2018, 7:09 AM

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Russia voices concerns over looming Syria strike 13 April 2018, 6:13 AM

United Nations (UN) Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia voiced concerns over an imminent strike against Syria by the United States and her allies, saying "the immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

Spain court rules proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail 12 April 2018, 8:49 PM

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WHO demands access to victims of alleged Syria chemical attack 11 April 2018, 2:29 PM

The World Health Organization on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, voicing indignation at the strike that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic substances.

Russia vetoes UNSC draft on Syria chemical attack probe 11 April 2018, 7:00 AM

Russia has vetoed a US-draft resolution to establish an investigative mechanism that would assert responsibility for alleged chemical attacks in Syria.

US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia 11 April 2018, 6:03 AM

President Donald Trump faced a decision on whether to strike Syria and risk a clash with Damascus ally Russia, after UN members failed on Tuesday to agree on action to probe chemical attacks in the war-wracked country.