Latest stories
German Parliament Paves Way for Gay Marriage Vote Friday

Germany's parliament is set to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Friday after the lower house legislative committee put it on the agenda, its chairwoman said.

"The path to equality is open," said the chairwoman, Renate Kuenast of the left-leaning ecologist Greens opposition party, in a tweet on Wednesday.

W140 Full Story
Merkel Softens Her Opposition to Gay Marriage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday softened for the first time her opposition to gay marriage, as her conservative party comes under growing pressure on the issue ahead of elections in September.

W140 Full Story
First Female Captain a Real Change of the Guard in London

Megan Couto on Monday became the first female officer to command the troops protecting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as a Canadian battalion took over guard duties.

W140 Full Story
Spain Court Orders Exhumation of Dali's Remains in Paternity Claim

A Spanish court has ordered that the remains of Salvador Dali be exhumed after a woman who claims to be the daughter of the world-famous artist filed a paternity claim.

The Madrid court said Monday the exhumation aimed "to get samples of his remains to determine whether he is the biological father of a woman from Girona (in northeastern Spain) who filed a claim to be recognized as the daughter of the artist."

W140 Full Story
Stolen Boys: Life after Sexual Slavery in Afghanistan

Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul's underground bacha bazi, or "boy play" parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy.

W140 Full Story
Stalin Tops Putin in Russian Poll of Greatest Historical Figures

Russians have picked Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as the greatest figure in history, a new poll said Monday, beating President Vladimir Putin into joint second alongside poet Alexander Pushkin.

W140 Full Story
Epic Struggle of Film about Cairo on Eve of Revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".

W140 Full Story
China Releases Nobel Laureate Liu with Terminal Cancer

China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said Monday, worrying supporters who pleaded for his unconditional release.

W140 Full Story
Israel Cancels Landmark Plan for Western Wall Mixed Prayer

Israel's government on Sunday canceled a landmark deal to create a space for women and men to pray together at the Western Wall, angering activists who have fought for the change for years.

W140 Full Story
Jordan to Cancel 'Marry the Victim' Clause Shielding Rapists

A pregnant 15-year-old who had been raped by a brother-in-law decided to marry her attacker, hoping this would shield her from other male relatives who might kill her in the name of "family honor."

A young woman was taken into protective custody after being stabbed 17 times by a brother who accused her of bringing "shame" to the family for running away from an abusive husband.

W140 Full Story