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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…

Germany’s ruling party facing defeat in state poll

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a bitter setback Sunday as voters in a state her party has ruled for half a century headed to the polls in an election clouded by events in Japan. Merkel’s conservatives have ruled Baden-Wuerttemberg in southwestern Germany since 1953, but anger over…