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Taiwan Holds Asia's Largest Pride Parade as It Waits for Gay Marriage

A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei Saturday as tens of thousands marched in Asia's largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.

The island looks set to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage after the constitutional court said in May that laws preventing same-sex unions violated the guarantee of freedom of marriage.

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S. African Pair Jailed for Forcing Black Man into Coffin

A South African judge on Friday handed down jail terms of 19 and 16 years to two white farmers who filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive.

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Art Exhibit in Lebanon Takes on Civil War's Old Wounds

Zena El Khalil's art exhibit has tapped into wounds that are more than 40 years old in war-scarred Lebanon.

"Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon" is being hosted in a landmark building in the center of Beirut that is a powerful reminder of the country's 1975-1990 civil war. Pockmarked and riddled with bullet holes, the building stands on the former demarcation line that bisected Beirut into warring sections: east and west, Christian and Muslim.

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Venezuelan Opposition Wins European Rights Prize

The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to the beleaguered Venezuelan opposition, calling for a "peaceful transition to democracy" in the crisis-hit country.

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SGBL Supports the Embellishment of the Walls of Tripoli Public Schools

Solidarity being a major focus of SGBL's sponsorship policy and as part of its actions of social responsibility, SGBL committed in the project of embellishment of the walls of the schools of Tripoli, North Lebanon, in order to contribute to improve the daily life of the populations of the neighborhood, a press release said.

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Malaysian Man Dies in Bizarre 'Human Steaming' Stunt

A Malaysian Taoist medium has died while performing a "human steaming" stunt which involved him sitting on top of a bubbling wok covered by a giant metal lid, police said Wednesday.

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Mystery Ancient Stone Structures Found in Saudi Desert

Nearly 400 mysterious ancient stone structures have been identified in the Saudi Arabian desert by an Australian researcher using Google Earth.

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Armenia's Plans on Teaching Russian Raise Fears of Moscow Influence

Armenia plans to increase teaching Russian in schools in a move that has sparked widespread concerns that Moscow's influence is growing in the ex-Soviet state.

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Gaza Bronze Age Remains Disappearing under Concrete

Archaeologists and preservation activists in the Gaza Strip have managed to halt the destruction of a Bronze Age site for now, but the future of what remains may still be in jeopardy.

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Tens of Thousands in Jail as India Prohibition Bites

Prem Prakash and his sharp-eyed team cause impatient queues at the border of India's Bihar state where a hard-hitting alcohol ban has left tens of thousands in jail and drawn the national spotlight.

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