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  • The comedian Frigide Barjot (second from right), leader of the movement against gay marriage, talks to the media as she visits mothers taking part in a vigil to protest French President Francois Hollande's social reform on same-sex marriage and adoption, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    France legalizes gay marriage after harsh debate

    France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate and protests that flooded the streets of Paris. Legions of officers and water cannon stood ready near France's National Assembly ahead of the final vote, bracing for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country's faltering conservative movement.


  • A Venezuelan Embassy worker at a monthly service for the sick at a Catholic church in Regla, Cuba, shows support for Hugo Chavez, his country's ailing president hospitalized in Havana and unable to attend his inauguration Thursday. (Associated Press)

    Chavez will miss his swearing-in, raising questions from opposition

    President Hugo Chavez won't be able to attend his scheduled swearing-in Thursday, Venezuela's government announced Tuesday, confirming suspicions that the leader's illness will keep him in a Cuban hospital past the key date.


  • ** FILE ** Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (left) holds up a copy of the Venezuelan Constitution as Vice President Nicolas Maduro looks on during a televised speech at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Marcelo Garcia)

    Disputes brewing in Venezuela over Chavez's inauguration

    President Hugo Chavez is due to be sworn in for a new term in less than a week, and his closest allies still aren't saying what they plan to do if the ailing leader is unable to return from a Cuban hospital to take the oath of office.


  • Nguyen Thi Chi (left), 20, plays July 26, 2012, with her girlfriend Dinh Thi Hong Loan, 30, at Thong Nhat park in Hanoi, Vietnam. The lesbian couple have dated for more than 2 years and plan to get married next month. (Associated Press)

    Unlikely Vietnam considers same-sex marriage

    Dinh Thi Hong Loan grasps her girlfriend's hand, and the two gaze into each other's love-struck eyes. Smiling, they talk about their upcoming wedding — how they'll exchange rings and toast the beginning of their lives together. The lesbians' marriage ceremony in the Vietnamese capital won't be officially recognized, but that could soon change.


  • French President Francois Hollande prepares for a meeting with his counterpart from Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Mr. Hollande, who was elected last month, wants his political kin to control the powerful lower house of Parliament for the next five years so he can move forward with plans to strengthen the state's role in the economy, create thousands of teaching jobs and tackle high youth joblessness.

    French Socialists eye unity after election result

    Allies of President Francois Hollande mobilized Monday in hopes of securing a crushing parliamentary majority for the Socialists that could bolster him in talks on how to save the embattled euro currency and revive Europe's economic fortunes.


  • Seaport businesses view trade pact as a good deal

    From here, the world's fifth-largest seaport sends Kia and Samsung products to the United States on Hyundai ships, while boatloads of American beef and iPhones come the other way.


  • RISING STAR: Independent activist Maria Corina Machado poses with a supporter Monday after being elected to Venezuela's National Assembly. She has been touted as a challenger to President Hugo Chavez. (Associated Press)

    Chavez opponents make gains

    Venezuelan opponents of President Hugo Chavez cheered Sunday's election results, in which a newly unified opposition gained a significant bloc of seats in the country's National Assembly and apparently a majority of the popular vote.


  • Protesters gather at the Place de la Bastille in Paris on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at the start of a demonstration against French President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    New strikes hit France over retirement age

    Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets Thursday for the second day of nationwide strikes this month to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62, with union walkouts crippling planes, trains and schools across the country.


  • ** FILE ** Protesters march in Marseille, France, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, to demonstrate against plans by President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. The banner reads: "Fighting Together. For what we got, our future, our pension." (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    France's lower house approves retirement reform

    France's National Assembly on Wednesday approved a broad retirement reform plan that includes a highly contested measure to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62.


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