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Thousands rally against gay marriage in Paris

Riot police have battled hundreds of protesters in Paris at the end of a largely peaceful march by tens of thousands of people opposed to France’s new gay marriage law. Police arrested 96 people after scuffles at the protest in central Paris on Sunday once the bulk of protesters had gone home. The clashes erupted after hardliners began to wield ...

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14 killed in new anti-terror Philippine offensive

JIM GOMEZ Associated Press= MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 14 Philippine marines and Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a clash in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at rescuing six foreign and Filipino hostages and stopping the al-Qaida-linked gunmen from staging more kidnappings in the country’s south, a military commander said Sunday. Seven marines and seven Abu Sayyaf fighters ...

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France police hunt for man who stabbed soldier in Paris

French police are hunting a man who attacked a soldier on patrol with two colleagues in the La Defense business district of Paris on Saturday evening. Private First Class Cedric Cordier was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a small-bladed knife. Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told reporters that he had been targeted because of his ...

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Brazil to cancel $900m debt to strengthen ties with Africa

President Dilma Vana Rousseff (left) greets Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi in Ethiopia. (AFP) Our Coverage More Coverage “The idea of having Africa as a special relationship for Brazil is strategic for Brazil’s foreign policy,” presidential spokesperson Thomas Traumann told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of of…

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Kerry urges Abbas to resume peace talks with Israel: source

> • John Kerry is urging Abbas to resume direct peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian source said. • The source added that Kerry and Abbas will meet again in Jordan on Sunday to get Israel’s response. • The U.S. has also appointed two aides to Kerry to help him in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. RAMALLAH, May 25 (Xinhua) — ...

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Interpol Rebuffs Russia on Its Hunt for a Kremlin Critic

MOSCOW — Interpol has rejected a Russian request for a worldwide police hunt for William F. Browder, a British investment banker and a Kremlin nemesis who has made no secret of his whereabouts or of his battle against the government of President Vladimir V. Putin over accusations of human rights abuses. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international ...

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Uniformed soldier stabbed in Paris

PARIS: A French soldier patrolling a business neighbourhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck on Saturday by a man who quickly fled the scene and is being sought by police, President…

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At least five killed as Guinea protests escalate

CONAKRY (Reuters) – At least five people were killed on Saturday when security forces in Guinea opened fire on protesters in opposition strongholds in the capital, medical sources and witnesses said. The violence brings to 11 the number of people killed…

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Can Nawaz Sharif walk the military tightrope?

Nawaz Sharif knows better than anyone how powerful Pakistan’s military are. He was toppled by them in 1999. So who is really going to be running the country now that he will be prime minister? In Pakistan’s politically savvy drawing-rooms conversations inevitably come round to the question of whether Mr Sharif has learned any lessons from the past. Back in ...

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Stockholm in relative calm after five nights of rioting

LONDON — The streets of Stockholm were quieter late Friday after five consecutive nights of rioting that rocked the Swedish capital and shook the Scandinavian country’s self-image as a tolerant, liberal place. Since Sunday, sections of northwest and south Stockholm have been lighted up with the glow of fires started by rock-throwing rioters, apparently protesting a fatal shooting by police ...

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