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Afghan government slams celebrated female pilot after US asylum claim

Nilofar Rahmani, a celebrated Afghan female pilot who was awarded the annual "Women of Courage" prize by the US State Department, has applied for asylum in the US, to the scorn of the government...

Deliberations on same-sex marriage law spark rallies in Taiwan

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrated in separate rallies outside Taiwan's parliament in Taipei Monday, where lawmakers reviewed different versions of an amendment to the...

Security heightened at Cologne Cathedral for midnight mass

Bag searches were conducted for the first time ever at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany ahead of traditional Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Number of newborns in Japan dips below 1 million for first time

The number of babies born in Japan is estimated to have fallen below 1 million in 2016, for the first time since the government started to compile comparative figures in 1899, the government...

Nearly 4 million people without water in Malaysian capital

Nearly 4 million people in Malaysia's capital were without water on Wednesday, as scheduled cuts drew loud complaints for occurring the week before Christmas.

Every third baby in Germany born to unmarried parents

Every third baby in Germany is born to unmarried parents, according to an annual study released on Monday.

Germany approves 1-billion-euro investment in childcare by 2020

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday approved a new programme that includes an investment of roughly 1 billion euros (1.1 billion dollars) in pre-school childcare by 2020....

Survey: France leads in huge overestimation of Muslim populations

France leads the way as people in most Western nations overestimate the size and growth of their countries' Muslim populations by "staggering" margins, a report said on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands gather in Taiwan for pro-same-sex-marriage concert

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Taiwan's capital Taipei Saturday for a pop music concert held in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Nobel Peace laureate Santos: Colombia peace deal is "ray of hope"

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to a standing ovation in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Malta becomes first country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta's human rights commission on Tuesday hailed parliament's decision to ban gay conversion therapy, the first country in the world to do so.

Disparity in Indian sex ratio is increasing, latest report shows

The number of Indian girls born compared to that for boys continues to decline, census data shows, despite nationwide campaigns to boost female birth levels.

Fewer and fewer Italian babies: births fell to record low in 2015

The number of births in Italy fell last year to a new historic low, official data showed Monday, months after a failed government campaign to revive the birthrate.

Norwegian Supreme Court rejects Snowden petition for safe passage

The Norwegian Supreme Court Friday rejected an appeal by US whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

Germans up in arms purchases - 63 per cent boost over 2015

Germans are buying personal protection at brisk pace this year - in the form of gas pistols, pepper spray and tear gas - the Interior Ministry said in Berlin on Friday in answer to a dpa question...