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Cuba begins public consultation on marriage equality law

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's leaders have launched an unusual series of neighborhood meetings across the island to debate a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, a measure that pits the ...

Chile's incoming cabinet: Women, youth and a nod to markets

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's millennial, leftist President-elect Gabriel Boric announced his first cabinet on Friday, giving a majority of posts to women and several to former student protest leader...

In Cuba, divisions over law to allow same-sex marriage

HAVANA (AP) — Adiel and Lachi are anxious to get married, perhaps dressed in black, in a ceremony by the seashore. The idea bothers the Rev. Moises de Prada, who like many of his par...

'Marriage for all'? Swiss voters to decide same-sex marriage

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland will decide Sunday whether to allow same-sex marriages in the rich Alpine country, one of the few in Western Europe where gay and lesbian couples do not already hav...

Syrian court accepts 3 candidates to run for president

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month’s presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday....

In war-torn Syria, Assad makes bid for 4th presidential term

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad formally announced Wednesday he will run for reelection in war-torn Syria, and was expected to win a fourth seven-year term in the largely symbolic May 26 vote. ...

1st woman applies to run for Syria's presidential elections

BEIRUT (AP) — A woman from the capital Damascus has applied to run for Syria’s presidential elections, the parliament speaker said Tuesday, becoming the first female to make a bid for the country's to...

Court puts halt on construction of $1B Maine power corridor

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted construction of a $1 billion power transmission line corridor through Maine to give conservation groups time to make their case against the pr...

Sri Lanka Parliament votes to strengthen presidential power

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — With a large majority, Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment that will concentrate powers in the president and allow duel citizens to hold po...

Sri Lanka court: Constitutional amendment needs referendum

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s highest court has ruled that four sections of a proposed amendment to the constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands will need approval in...

Sri Lanka Catholic bishops oppose proposed charter amendment

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Catholic leaders urged the government on Tuesday not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands, saying it w...

Proposed Sri Lankan charter change raises rights concerns

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A proposed amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands has raised concerns about the independence of the country’s institution...

Taiwan explores options in case of Examination Yuan abolition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwanese lawmakers explore replacement options for the Examination Yuan, which will likely be abolished during the current legislative session, the Cabinet said Monday...

Taiwan's legislature agrees to form constitutional amendment committee

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's legislature will form a 39-member bipartisan group to push for constitutional amendments starting in the new term that begins on Friday (Sept. 18). Lawmake...

Guinea president to seek 3rd term despite opposition

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde's party announced on state television late Monday that he will seek another term in office, becoming the second West African leader this month to s...