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Bashar al-Assad issues defiant message: 'I'm here to stay'

Syria's embattled leader Bashar al-Assad has used a rare interview – carried out amid the sound of artillery fire resounding through his presidential …

France legalises gay marriage

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage today after President Francois Hollande signed the measure into law following months of bitter political debate.<p>Mr Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had …

Afghan parliament halts debate on women's rights law

<b>A debate by Afghan MPs about beefing up a law to prevent violence against women has been halted amid angry scenes.</b><p>Parliament's speaker ended the debate after 15 minutes after traditionalists called for the law to be scrapped.<p>A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages …

Japan's clubbing crackdown: don't stop the dance

Before Kevin Bacon was walking around in annoying adverts talking about himself and the 4G network, he was in a film called Footloose. It focuses on …

The Unsafe Sex: Should The World Invest More In Men's Health?

On average, men aren't as healthy as women.<p>Men don't live as long, and they're more likely to engage in risky behaviors, like smoking and drinking.<p>But in the past decade, global health funding has focused heavily on women.<p>Programs and policies for men have been "notably absent," says Sarah Hawkes …

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Russian Official Names CIA Station Chief In Moscow

Breaching protocol, a Russian official let a name slip during an interview with Interfax, the state news agency.<p>The interview was with a representative of the FSB, the Russian security agency, and the name he made public was of the person Russia believes is the CIA station chief in Moscow.<p><i>The</i> …

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