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Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election.

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Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence

KIEV A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defense ministry said, describing the incident as a "terrorist act". | Video

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Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

MARAWI CITY, Philippines Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday.

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Iran's Zarif: 'regrettable' that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban

BERLIN Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said it was regrettable that the U.S. Supreme Court revived part of a U.S. travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, and said it could fuel extremism in the region.

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Germany urges all sides in Qatar crisis to talk, avoid escalation

BERLIN German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday appealed to all sides in the Qatar crisis to hold direct talks to avoid a further escalation, and urged Iran to play a constructive role.

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China opposes interference after Vatican concern over bishop

BEIJING China said on Tuesday it opposed outside interference in its internal affairs after the Vatican expressed concern about a Chinese bishop it said had been "removed".

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