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Finland votes to legalise same-sex marriage

28 November 2014

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Finnish Parliament on Friday narrowly approved a citizen's initiative to legalise same-sex marriage.

Army brigadier general shot dead in Cairo suburb - sources

28 November 2014

CAIRO (Reuters) - An army brigadier general was shot dead by unknown assailants in in the Cairo district of Gesr al-Suez, security sources said on Friday.

Japan military chief urges early 'crisis management' pact with China

28 November 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's highest-ranking military officer on Friday urged an early start to a "crisis management" mechanism with China amid conflicting claims to a group of tiny East China Sea islands.

Employees walk past an Essar Group logo outside their headquarters in Mumbai May 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Exclusive - Indian Essar's planned oil-for-steel deal tests Iran sanctions

28 November 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Essar Group, a $39 billion Indian conglomerate, is looking to tap frozen Iranian oil revenues to pay for its steel exports to Tehran, in a novel attempt to work around Western financial sanctions against the OPEC member state.

Czechs raise security after ministers get poison by mail

28 November 2014

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Interior Ministry will tighten security at government offices after unknown culprits sent envelopes with deadly doses of poison to two ministries in recent days, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said on Friday.

Russian sailors stand in formation in front of their Russian navy frigate Smolny at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

28 November 2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrives for a meeting in Vienna November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

France to recognise Palestinian state if peace efforts fail

28 November 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday it was working with partners on a "final" diplomatic push to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, including by setting a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution.

A child of a victim of the Bhopal gas tragedy, a gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant that killed at least 3500 people, holds a placard during a sit-in protest in New Delhi November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster

28 November 2014

BHOPAL/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted.

Paramilitary policemen patrol along a street in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, May 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

China rebukes Turkey for offer to shelter Uighur refugees

28 November 2014

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang who were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.

China drafts policy on emergency Ebola diagnosis, approves products

28 November 2014

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has drafted a policy on the emergency use of diagnostic products for the Ebola virus disease and clinical trials, the country's drug regulator said on Friday, as the number of people affected globally by the epidemic nears 16,000.

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