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French bill to crack down on prostitution sparks protests

French lawmakers on Friday started debating a bill punishing clients of prostitutes that has sparked fierce debate in a country known for its liberal attitudes to sex. Dozens rallied both for and against the bill as debate began in the lower house National Assembly, which is expected to vote on…

Venezuelan lawmakers to debate special powers for Maduro

Venezuela’s legislature starts debate Tuesday on granting special powers to President Nicolas Maduro for use fighting corruption, a move opponents say could lead to witch hunts. Just two months before crucial municipal elections, elected leftist Maduro will personally ask the National Assembly to grant him power to toughen laws on…

French lawmakers approve marriage equality bill

French lawmakers on Tuesday extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, making France the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage. The 331 to 225 vote was preceded by months of bitter –and sometimes violent– exchanges on the subject in parliament and in the streets. The National…

French ‘Senate’ votes to legalize same sex marriage

France’s upper house Senate voted Friday to adopt a law granting homosexual couples the right to marry, which has sparked widespread opposition and protests from conservatives and religious groups. The vote, by a show of hands, followed days of intense debate. The bill must still technically face a second reading…

France’s parliament approves allowing same sex couples to adopt

France’s National Assembly voted Tuesday by a clear majority to adopt legislation allowing homosexual couples to marry and adopt children, and the law will now go for approval by the upper house of parliament. The formal vote came 10 days after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of its key article…

Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo. Castro’s visit to the voting precinct in Havana’s El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday’s elections, during which Cubans…

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