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Gay marriage opponents stage mass protest in Paris

Tens of thousands of people registered a final, furious protest against same-sex marriage on Sunday, days before the first wedding ceremony under a new law.

Syria: EU split over push to lift rebel arms embargo

British efforts to persuade the European Union to lift the arms embargo to Syrian rebels are facing defeat, with strong opposition from EU members alarmed that weapons could fall into the wrong hands.

Theresa May’s measures to tackle radicalism come under fire

A battery of measures to prevent the radicalisation of British Muslims has been outlined by the home secretary, Theresa May, including tougher pre-emptive censorship of internet sites, a lower threshold for banning extremist groups and renewed pressure on universities and mosques to reject “hate preachers”.

EU exit would put US trade deal at risk, Britain warned

The Obama administration has warned British officials that if the UK leaves Europe it will exclude itself from a US-EU trade and investment partnership potentially worth hundreds of billions of pounds a year, and that it was very unlikely that Washington would make a separate deal with Britain.

Cambodian workers hurt in Nike factory clash

At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia on Monday when police using stun batons moved in to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for Nike, a trade union representative said.

In China, food scares put Mao’s self-sufficient goal at risk

(Reuters) – The discovery of dangerous levels of toxic cadmium in rice sold in the southern city of Guangzhou, the latest in a series of food scandals, has piled more pressure on China to clean up its food chain – possibly at the expense of Mao Zedong’s cherished goal of self-sufficiency.

‘Twinkies’ Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

The news of Hostess’ return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.

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