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bbc.co.uk — France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the eighth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage. On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill.
bbc.co.uk — The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has called for the upcoming inquest into his death to be abandoned and replaced with a public inquiry. Marina Litvinenko said it was the only way to find the truth about the death of her husband, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium in London in 2006.
bbc.co.uk — Afghan MPs are to debate a law to prevent violence against women, amid a fierce argument between leading Afghan women over tactics. A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages was passed by presidential decree in 2009, but did not gain MPs' approval.
aljazeera.com — The US has scolded Russia for sending missiles to the Syrian government, with plans for an international peace conference promoted by the two major powers appearing to founder on diplomatic rifts over its scope and purpose. General Martin Dempsey, the most senior US military officer, has described Russia's recent delivery of anti-ship missiles to President Bashar al-Assad as "ill-timed and very unfortunate".
bbc.co.uk — Nigeria's army has vowed to continue its offensive against militants in the north-east "as long as it takes" to achieve its main objectives. Brig Gen Chris Olukolade told the BBC the aim was to assert Nigeria's "territorial integrity as a nation".
aljazeera.com — The death toll in Iraq from four consecutive days of violence has reached at least 140 people, stirring fears that rising sectarian conflicts could lead the country into civil war. Many Iraqis were in mourning on Sunday amid simmering tensions between the Sunni minority and Shia majority despite increased security patrols.
bbc.co.uk — The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on the illness, researchers have suggested. A team at King's College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms. Their latest research shows the vitamin calms an overactive part of the immune system in asthma.
bbc.co.uk — The Egyptian president has ruled out negotiating with the abductors of seven members of the security forces seized last week in the Sinai peninsula. In a statement, Mohammed Morsi said there was "no room for dialogue with the criminals". He was speaking after a video emerged apparently showing the three police officers and four soldiers pleading for their release.
fbi.gov — Two FBI special agents were tragically killed Friday during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Special Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw were members of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, part of the Critical Incident Response Group based at Quantico, Virginia.
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