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Gay marriage, same-sex marriage

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Tokyo district OKs same-sex partnerships

One of Tokyo's most prominent districts has taken a small, but potentially significant step to recognizing same-sex unions in Japan.

The government of Shibuya ward, one of the capital's most famous shopping and trendy entertainment districts, passed ...

Nigeria election winner

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Nigeria: Buhari beats Goodluck Jonathan

Africa's most populous country has a new leader -- and he's got a spate of obstacles ahead of him.

Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria's presidential election, the country's Independent National Electoral Commission said. He defeated incumbent Goodluck ...

Germanwings site memorial

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Prosecutor denies reported plane crash video

The French prosecutor leading an investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 insisted Wednesday that he was not aware of any video footage from on board the plane.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told CNN that "so far no videos were used ...

Iran nuke talks

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Iran nuclear talks go beyond deadline

International talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program have run past their Tuesday deadline and into another day, deepening uncertainty over whether a deal will be reached.

The negotiations are seen as a crucial effort to use d...

Misao Okawa

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World's oldest person dies at 117

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person according to Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 117.

Okawa passed away Wednesday morning in Osaka, Japan, Tadahi Uchimura, a local official from the city told CNN.

She left behind three children, four...

Anne Frank

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Researchers: Anne Frank died earlier than thought

Seventy years ago, Anne Frank died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 15.

Just two weeks after her supposed death on March 31, 1945, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she had been imprisoned was liberated -- the timing showe...

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Joni Mitchell hospitalized in intensive care

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Southern California.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to her home around 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) Tuesday on the report of a medical emergency, spokesman Robert Hin...

Andrew Getty

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Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, dies

Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty, died Tuesday afternoon in his home in Los Angeles, according to a statement from his mother and father.

Ann and Gordon Getty also "requested that members of the media and the public respect (th...

dollar bills, money

Jack Lew: China's currency is not ready for prime time

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Tuesday that China's yuan is not yet ready to join an elite grouping of currencies used by the International Monetary Fund.

China has expressed interest in having the yuan included in the IMF's Special Drawing Rig...

F-16 Egypt

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Obama allows arms to Egypt after freeze

With instability rising in the Middle East, President Barack Obama told Egypt's leader Tuesday that he was ending a freeze on weapons shipments to the longtime U.S. ally, a moratorium on material support that began after a bloody military-backed coup...

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