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British lawmakers pass gay marriage bill

British lawmakers have passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. MPs decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the upper House of Lords. The legislation is now expected to receive official assent from head of state ...

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Long-Horned Dinosaur With Big Nose Found in Southern Utah

A 2-ton, 15-foot-long dinosaur with a big nose and horns that curved over its eyes has been discovered in Utah’s canyon country, an area that’s gaining recognition as a place of bountiful species evolution. The dinosaur is called Nasutoceratops titusi, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It belonged to a family called ...

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The President of Venezuela Weds His ‘First Combatant’

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro refuses to refer to his longtime companion, Cilia Flores, as Venezuela’s first lady, preferring to call her by the more ideologically resonant title “first combatant.” Now he can also call her something else: his lawfully wedded wife. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and ...

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Arms exports from UK raise questions, MPs say

The UK government has approved more than 3,000 export licences for military sales to countries which it believes have questionable records on human rights, MPs say. The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls says the value of the existing export licences to the 27 countries in question exceeds £12bn. This includes significant sales to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia ...

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Nighttime Attack in Egypt’s Sinai Wounds 7

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian intelligence officials say a civilian and six soldiers were wounded in an attack on a military outpost in the Sinai Peninsula near Egypt’s border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials say unidentified militants attacked the barracks late Tuesday with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. A stray bullet wounded a 50…

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Algeria: Ailing Leader Returns

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned home on Tuesday after 80 days of treatment in France for a stroke, a stay that delayed many government decisions and raised questions about his ability to lead. Algerian television showed a photograph of a visibly weak Mr. Bouteflika, 76, being received at the military airport outside Algiers by the prime minister, the army chief and ...

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Brotherhood holds protest day as Egypt cabinet starts work

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi called on Wednesday for more mass demonstrations, declaring a “day of steadfastness” to protest against the formation of a new interim cabinet, which began its first day on the job. The army, which removed Egypt’s first freely elected president from power two weeks ago, accused Mursi’s supporters of inciting armed ...

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Syria’s refugee crisis is the worst since the Rowanda Genocide

The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst since the 1994 Rowanda Genocide, UN officials said on Tuesday. An estimated 5,000 Syrians are dying every month in the country’s civil war and refugees are fleeing at a rate not witnessed since the Rowanda Genocide, where more than 500,000 people were killed. Ivan Simonovic, the Assistant Secretary-General for human rights, told the ...

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