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Gays Marry in Midnight Wedding Ceremonies Across Australia

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA —  Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday after the last legal impediment to gay marriage expired. Most gay and lesbian couples were required to provide one month’s notice of their intention to marry after marriage equality became law on Dec. 9, with overwhelming majority …

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Vietnam Sets Up Command Center for Cyberspace Defense

HANOI —  Vietnam announced on Monday the creation of a cyberspace operations command to protect its sovereignty on the Internet, with prime minister citing risks related to the disputed South China Sea and complex regional and global situations. The new unit would “research and predict online wars,” the defense ministry …

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Tunisian Protester Killed in Clashes with Police Over Price Hikes, Unemployment

TUNIS —  One person was killed Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town, a security official and residents said, as demonstrations over rising prices and tax increases spread in the North African country. A man was killed during a demonstration against government austerity measures in …

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Nigerian Migrants Get a Welcome Home. Jobs Are Another Story.

“As I’m sitting here, I’m still angry,” Mr. Isaac, who left Nigeria in July and was returned in November, said in the parking lot of a run-down motel in Benin City, where the government has temporarily housed returned migrants who are from the area. “I’m angry because I’m back in …

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North and South Korea Begin First Direct Talks in Years

The talks at Panmunjom provide an opportunity to gauge whether North Korea is willing to moderate its behavior after a year of provocative nuclear and missile tests that have raised fears of all-out war on the Korean Peninsula. But the initial focus will be on the Olympics. To get the …

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Corruption Arrests in Argentina Raise Hope, and Skepticism

For decades, a dozen judges on the federal bench in Buenos Aires have let corruption cases languish without action, often running out the clock on the statute of limitations. Breakthroughs in high-profile cases often follow a reversal of political fortunes, calling into question the fairness of punitive measures. And even …

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France Gall, Adaptable French Singing Star, Is Dead at 70

Robert Gall wrote the lyrics to her first big hit, “Sacré Charlemagne,” a 1964 lament about school. In 1965 her career received a big boost when she was the winning singer in the 10th edition of the Eurovision contest, the popular televised competition seen in many European countries. It was …

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Fired Google employee sues company for discrimination against white, conservative men – National

The former Google engineer fired after he asserted in a memo that biological causes were behind tech industry gender inequality sued his former employer on Monday, saying he was discriminated against as a white man with conservative political views. James Damore last year caused an uproar in Silicon Valley and beyond when …

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