Gay marriage could become a reality in Germany almost overnight after Chancellor Merkel made certain concessions. However, the issue is also being used as a political bargaining ahead of the September 24 elections.
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Angela Merkel's ruling conservatives have long denied gays and lesbians the right to marry. That has left Germany lagging behind internationally in terms of equal rights. So why the U-turn from Chancellor Merkel now?
A group of some 220 Berlin police officers were sent home from Hamburg, accused of - amongst other things - public sex acts, property damage and mishandling service weapons. "They were bored," said a spokesman.
An ex-supporter of France's anti-immigrant National Front (FN) has escaped punishment for helping her Iranian lover cross the channel on a rickety boat. Her unusual love story might now be turned into a movie.
Several multinational companies have been targeted in a huge wave of cyberattacks that first hit Russia and Ukraine. The virus unleashed demands for money from victims in exchange for a return of their data.
A Ukrainian military intelligence chief was killed instantly when his car exploded at Kyiv intersection. It's reminiscent of two recent broad-daylight killings of a journalist and a Russian opposition politician.
China is reportedly sending the aircraft carrier Liaoning to Hong Kong to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chinese sovereignty over the territory. Taiwan sees the naval maneuver as a provocation.
The EU's powerful anti-trust regulator has imposed a record fine on US tech behemoth Google, as punishment for giving its own online shopping service top priority in search results to the detriment of other services.
FIFA has been forced into releasing the Garcia report early after parts of it were leaked. German newspaper Bild acquired the report of Former FIFA investigator Michael Garcia, who was investigating possible corruption.
Wuppertal said that a high-rise block with similar cladding to that of the ill-fated tower in London will be evacuated. Hundreds of buildings in the UK alone are suspected to have been fitted with the flammable material.
The first cash machine in history was installed in the UK in 1967. Despite the rapid development of online payment, demand for cash has continued to grow.
The Grenfell Tower fire is just one example of how chronic under-investment in infrastructure has left Britain trailing other leading economies on housing, roads, rail, and airports. Samira Shackle reports from London.
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Russian military planes have been flying too close for comfort in Baltic and Nordic airspace. Experts warn that the tension in the skies could lead to dangerous accidents or kick off an "escalation spiral."
US-led coalition aircraft have allegedly bombed a prison in Syria killing dozens of civilians. The director of public affairs for the coalition campaign confirmed that an investigation had been launched.
In a diplomatic blow to Islamabad, the US has designated Syed Salahuddin, a pro-Pakistan Kashmiri militant, a global terrorist. The designation could affect Kashmir's separatist movement and US-Pakistan ties.
While the US president hailed the Supreme Court’s travel ban ruling as a win, leading law scholars painted a more nuanced picture. They predict months of legal chaos and question a revisit of the issue set for the fall.
Berlin-based politicians have paid respects to Helmut Kohl at a requiem in the capital requested by fellow conservatives. The late chancellor's funeral, plus an EU ceremony in his honor, is scheduled for Saturday.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the focus should be on protecting Scotland's interests in EU negotiations. She vowed to restart the independence vote after divorce talks are complete.
In his first half year in office, the US president has spoken very little about Africa, except in the context of a budget proposal that demands deep cuts to the US development aid in Africa.
An appeals court in the Netherlands has ruled that Dutch peacekeepers were only partly responsible for about 300 deaths in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Relatives of the victims had appealed a similar ruling from 2014.
Californian regulators have decided that the popular weed killer Roundup must be sold with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. It is the first state in the US to do so.
The chancellor has halfheartedly abandoned her opposition to gay marriage. The move was solely a political calculation.
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