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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Same-sex couples marry for the first time in England and Wales
Gay couples across England and Wales said “I do” Saturday as a law authorizing same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality.
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Russia on Saturday pledged it would not invade mainland Ukraine following its seizure of Crimea and said it favored the ex-Soviet state becoming a federation as a way of defusing the crisis.
Norway's ex-premier named new NATO chief
Former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg was named the next NATO chief on Friday, taking over from current Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a key moment in Europe.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Putin, Obama discuss solution to Ukraine crisis
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine's fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow's purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.
The IMF announced a US$14 billion-US$18 billion bailout for Ukraine on Thursday as the U.N. General Assembly refused to recognize Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula.
Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping began a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday for the third leg of his European tour, which is expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis.
Friday, March 28, 2014
UN General Assembly votes 'yes' on Ukraine unity
In a surprisingly strong rebuke of Moscow, the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday affirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity and deemed the referendum that led to Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula illegal.
Ukraine's Tymoshenko to run for president
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of her country's most polarizing political figures, announced Thursday that she will run in presidential elections set for May 25.
China, France sign major business deals on Xi visit
Beijing and Paris signed scores of deals Wednesday worth 18 billion euros (US$25 billion) on the second day of a lavish state visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in what President Francois Hollande said would bring much-needed growth.
Obama holds 1st meet with Pope Francis to talk global inequality
U.S. President Barack Obama held a historic first meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss a shared agenda of fighting global inequality despite wide differences over issues like gay rights and contraception.
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