Japan’s Ibaraki to issue civil union pact to same-sex couples from July

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The governor of Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城) in Japan announced on Monday (June 24) it will begin issuing civil union certificates to same-sex couples from July 1, reported Central ...

Legislation to safeguard same-sex unions in Taiwan to be introduced within 3 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Saturday Nov. 24, the Taiwanese public voted on a referendum that saw most voters opposed to altering Taiwan’s civil code to provide for the legalization of same-...

Free speech 'under increasing threat' in South Asia

DW: How do you see the current state of human rights in India? Bärbel Kofler: India has been striving to improve the human rights situation in the country. No nation is perfect; Germany had its own r...

Liberty University cut from years-long same-sex custody case

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The private Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell has been dismissed from a long-running lawsuit over an international kidnapping that followed the dissolution of a same-...

Hungary: Orban backers staging pre-election 'Peace March'

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Organizers of a "Peace March" supporting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban say they expect as many as 200,000 people to attend the event, set to take place three weeks bef...

Vermont commemorates civil unions with historic site marker

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is commemorating its first-in-the-nation civil union law and subsequent marriage equality legislation with an historic site marker on its State House lawn. ...

Police officer killed in Paris was on duty at Bataclan

PARIS (AP) — The Paris police officer who was shot to death while at work on the French capital's most famous boulevard had seen firsthand the horror that could be carried out in the name of the Islam...

Man convicted in same-sex child custody case to be sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman is scheduled to be sentenced in New York for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight. A federal judge in Buffalo convicted Phi...

Lawsuit in long-running same-sex custody case to proceed

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a woman whose former civil union partner fled the country with their child rather than share custody is being allowed to proceed because one of the defendants...

Malta church goes beyond pope in remarriage guidelines

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is making clear Pope Francis supports letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion in certain cases by publishing a set of new guidelines in the p...

The View from Taichung: The Fuss over Tsai's Ratings

In recent weeks the media has sizzled with the news of President's slumping satisfaction ratings and rising dissatisfaction ratings. Experts opine that they are a warning to the Administration, wh...

Argentine president takes heat for appointments by decree

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine President Mauricio Macri is coming under sharp criticism for appointing for two Supreme Court judges without approval by the Senate.Macri was inaugurated just...

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ONLY ON AP:MYANMAR-JADE RUSHHPAKANT, Myanmar -- Villagers in the jungles of Myanmar's northern Kachin state stand upon staggering wealth: Jade worth tens of billions of dollars. Yet they see almost no...

Taiwan launches online polls on same-sex marriage, adultery

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched online polls on controversial issues related to marriage, including that of same-sex marriage, to gauge public opinion on plans bein...

Swiss supreme court rules boy can't have 2 fathers

BERLIN (AP) -- Switzerland's supreme court has ruled that a child born to a surrogate mother in the United States can't have two fathers.The Federal Tribunal in Lausanne says only the 4-year-old boy's...