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Paris Gay Pride buoyed by promise of same-sex marriage law

Always colourful and raucous, the annual Gay Pride parade in Paris on Saturday was further buoyed by the promise of France’s new Socialist government to legalise gay marriage and adoption rights. “This is a special parade because it is the first time we have a government, a president, a parliament…

Mexico’s PRI set for election victory

The PRI, the party that ran Mexico for most of the 20th century, appears set to return to national power Sunday led by their handsome presidential candidate and his glamorous TV-star wife. If pre-vote surveys are correct, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Pena Nieto will coast to victory, with hundreds…

Egypt’s Morsi vows to be ‘servant of the people’

Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday to become Egypt’s first Islamist president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year. The ceremony took place in the constitutional court rather than parliament, the result of an ongoing tussle with…

British minister calls for banker prosecutions

Britain’s justice minister called Saturday for criminal prosecutions of bankers and stronger financial regulation after scandals erupted over rate manipulation and mis-selling by major lenders. “We are very bad at prosecuting financial crime in this country,” Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told BBC radio. “I suspect financial crime is easier to…

Health care industry relieved by Supreme Court ruling on ACA?

The US health care industry breathed a cautious sigh of relief Friday after the Supreme Court’s surprise decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s sweeping reforms, even as politicians kept their swords drawn over the law. After three years preparing billions of dollars of investment to implement Obama’s Affordable Care Act…

South Korea to open controversial new mini-capital

After a decade of wrangling, South Korea is set to inaugurate a new mini-capital seen by supporters as a developmental triumph and by critics as a classic pork-barrel project. Sejong City will by 2015 house 16 ministries or agencies and 20 central government offices currently located in or near Seoul.…

Obama urges support for firefighters in Colorado

US President Barack Obama urged Americans Saturday to support firefighters battling blazes in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado that have killed at least two people and left hundreds homeless. “It’s important that we remember what they do each and every single day, and that we continue to provide support…

World powers meet in bid to halt Syria conflict

World powers meet Saturday in a desperate bid to salvage international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria to end 16 months of bloodshed and agree on a transition plan for the strife-hit country. Ahead of the multi-nation talks in Geneva, a meeting in Russia between US Secretary of State…

Justice Department will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder

The US Justice Department said it would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to hand over documents on a botched gun-running operation to Congress, even after the House of Representatives held him in contempt. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Deputy Attorney General James Cole…

China blocks Xi web searches after Bloomberg report

China blocked web searches on Saturday for the name of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, a day after cutting access to Bloomberg sites following the agency’s publication of a report on his family’s wealth. Financial newswire Bloomberg used publicly available records to compile a list of investments by Chinese Vice President Xi’s…

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