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Court says Japan's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Wednesday the government's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, recognizing the rights of same-sex couples for the first time in the only Group of Seven c...

Barbara Rickles, widow of comedian Don Rickles, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Rickles, the widow of Don Rickles and a fictionalized target of his comic insults, died on what would have been their 56th wedding anniversary. Her death was...

Italian birth rate sinks further amid pandemic

Morena Di Paola and Vincenzo Augello answer like a shot when asked whether they want children: "Two!" "A boy and a girl," 29-year-old Morena adds, laughing. The two are set on sta...

Agents see caution in free agency after 8% salary cap drop

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Don't look for the usual frenetic spending sprees in NFL free agency this year. Who says? Some top NFL agents. An 8% reduction in the salary cap, ...

Coronavirus: Pandemic leads to baby bust rather than boom

As things stand, the coronavirus pandemic didn't contribute to population growth last year — at least not in the largest EU countries. After the terrible first wave of the epidemic claimed ...

Pakistan: How poverty and exploitation drive child marriages

Activists in Pakistan have called on Islamabad to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18. The age requirement for marriage is currently 16 in all parts of the country except in the southern province ...

Gulf opens door to public Jewish life amid Israel ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Half a year after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain established diplomatic relations with Israel, discreet Jewish communities in the Gulf Arab states that once lived in the shadow ...

Malala takes her passions to the small screen with Apple

NEW YORK (AP) — Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel laureate known around the world for her activism, but she's also a cartoon fan, and is taking her love of television and film to Apple TV+. ...

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after...

High court paves way for international same-sex marriages in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — It is now easier for foreign nationals who come from countries where same-sex marriage is illegal to wed a Taiwanese partner after a high court in Taiwan reversed a decisi...

Taiwanese-Japanese table tennis stars to divorce

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Top Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara (福原愛) filed for divorce from her Taiwanese husband Chiang Hung-chieh (江宏傑) in January after more than four years of marriage, Ja...

David Foster and Katharine McPhee welcome a baby boy

NEW YORK (AP) — Katharine McPhee and David Foster may want to channel their musical talents into lullabies. The couple, who wed in 2019, have welcomed a baby boy, McPhee's publicist...

Taiwan records lowest number of marriages in over a decade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of marriages in Taiwan has dropped to a new low in over a decade, with only 121,702 couples having registered as partners in 2020. According to the Ministry ...

Rush Limbaugh, radio king and architect of right wing, dies

Rush Limbaugh called himself a truth detector, doctor of democracy, lover of mankind, all-around good guy and harmless fuzz ball, titles his legions of followers embraced as he boomed from their radio...

Rennie Davis, 'Chicago Seven' activist, dies at 80

DENVER (AP) — Rennie Davis, one of the “Chicago Seven” activists who was tried for organizing an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago in which thousands ...