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Australian Opposition to Push for Gay Marriage Law Reform

By Rod McGuirk | Aug 30
Australia's opposition said Tuesday that it would test Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's weakened grip on power following last month's general election by proposing its own legislation to legalize gay marriage.

Australia Plan for Vote on Gay Marriage Hits Stumbling Block

Aug 29
The government's plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage suffered a setback Monday when a political party announced it would not support the proposed plebiscite.

Why It Matters: Climate Change

By Seth Borenstein | Aug 29
HE ISSUE: It's as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not.

Top French Court to Rule on Legality of Burkini Bans

Aug 26
France's highest administrative court is considering whether it's legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France.

Strong Aftershocks Rattle Devastated Italian Earthquake Zone

By Paolo Santalucia and Nicole Winfield | Aug 26
Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled for some of the 267 dead.

Tourist Found in New Zealand Bush After Surviving a Month

By Nick Perry | Aug 25
A tourist from the Czech Republic, whose partner fell to his death, survived a harrowing month in the frozen New Zealand wilderness before being rescued, police said Thursday.

Italy Toll Rises to 247 as Anguish Mounts Over Quake Past

By Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield | Aug 25
Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247

Two ISIS Members Were Among 4 Men Executed for Homosexuality

Aug 24
The city of Mosul in Iraq was the site of another execution of men suspected of homosexuality at the hands of ISIS. This time, two of the four men thrown from the top of a building were actual members of the terrorist organization.

India Plans Surrogacy Ban for Foreigners, Unmarried Couples

By Nirmala George | Aug 24
The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.

Strong Quake Rocks Central Italy, At Least 23 Reported Dead

Aug 24
A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept.

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