Portuguese parliament passes gay marriage law

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Gay rights advocates in Portugal are toasting the future, after parliament voted to legalise same sex marriage. But it was a bittersweet victory, as Portuguese MPs rejected proposals to allow adoption by gay couples.

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Technical problems persist for Eurostar

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More than 230 passengers were stuck for over an hour beneath the English Channel after the latest in a series of breakdowns to plague the Eurostar rail service.

Conn. Couple Charged With Depriving Children of Food

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Connecticut couple was arrested and charged Wednesday for depriving their two daughters of food, authorities said.

South Sudan cattle raid kills 140

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At least 140 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Southern Sudan, officials say, as aid agencies warn that the country faces a return to war.

Sri Lanka execution video ‘genuine’

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Video apparently showing extra-judicial killings by Sri Lankan troops is genuine, a UN envoy has said.

Sham marriages on the rise in UK

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The number of suspected sham marriages by illegal immigrants has leapt by more than half in the past year

Charges laid over failed plane bombing

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The man accused of attempting to blow up an American airliner on Christmas day has been indicted on six counts.

Yemen in foreground of “war on terror”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given the first official statement on how the US views Yemen in the wake of the failed Christmas day bombing of an American-bound airliner.

Dubai to open world’s tallest building

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The world’s tallest building is set to be opened in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

U.S. Intensifies Screening for Travelers From 14 Nations

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Citizens of 14 nations including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria who are flying to the United States will be subjected indefinitely to the intense screening at airports worldwide that was imposed in the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing plot, Obama administration officials announced Sunday.