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Taiwan government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's government said on Wednesday that it would propose a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia's first such bill amid a heated debate over marriage equality that has divided the self-ruled island.

Italy demands answers over reports daughter of North Korea diplomat abducted

ROME (Reuters) - Italy warned on Wednesday there would be consequences to pay if there was any truth to reports that the daughter of a missing North Korean diplomat had been abducted from Rome and whisked to Pyongyang.

Spain proposes $53 billion public investment in climate change plan

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialist government announced a 47 billion euro (£40.66 billion) public investment plan on Wednesday to tackle climate change over 10 years, which would be partly financed by issuing green bonds.

French senators demand probe of Macron aides in Benalla affair

PARIS (Reuters) - French senators urged an investigation into three top aides to President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, saying there was reason to believe they had withheld information from an official inquiry into a scandal involving Macron's former bodyguard.

Aussie AG: Sirul can be extradited, on one condition


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, can be extradited back to Malaysia on the condition that an undertaking is provided that his death penalty will not be carried out.

Italy's League, 5-Star deny plans to join forces in EU parliament

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's far-right League party and its government coalition partner the populist 5-Star Movement denied on Wednesday reports they plan to join forces in the European Parliament after the May vote.

Britain targets Brexit deal within days as May heads to Brussels

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal and prevent Parliament seizing control of the U.K.’s divorce from the European Union.

Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe

Microsoft Corp on Feb 20 said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organisations in Europe and plans to offer a cybersecurity service to several countries to close security gaps.

Microsoft said many of the attacks originated from a group called Strontium, which the company has previously associated with the Russian government. — dpa

Report: Najib’s ‘PR guy’ Paul Stadlen to be charged with money laundering

KUALA LUMPUR: Paul Stadlen, once a media advisor to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, is expected to be slapped with money laundering charges, according to The Edge.

EU's Vestager says not precluding Facebook case in future

Facebook is not currently in EU regulators' crosshairs but it may well be in future because of the crucial role played by data, Europe's antitrust chief said on Feb 19.

Vestager said she has no case against Facebook regarding its market power for now but nevertheless was monitoring the market. — Reuters