World

2017 September

Germany's first same-sex 'I do''s as marriage equality dawns

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Same-sex couples will marry in Germany for the first time on Sunday, when some civil registry offices will open specially to celebrate the coming into force of a marriage law that parliament passed in June.

Greek police arrest 8 smugglers who brought in 38 migrants

The Washington Post | Saturday September 30, 2017

Greek police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece’s land border with Turkey.

China Fears India May Be Edging It Out in Culture Battle

The New York Times | Saturday September 30, 2017

As Beijing and Delhi vie for regional dominance by deploying various forms of soft power, a Bollywood movie becomes a huge hit in China.

Syrian army, allies seize more of Jordanian frontier: report

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies seized control of nine positions at Syria's border with Jordan, expanding their control at the southern frontier, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Excoriates Trump for His Tweets About San Juan’s Mayor

The New York Times | Saturday September 30, 2017

The “Hamilton” creator, who has family in Puerto Rico, told the president he was going “straight to hell.”

Hezbollah leader: Kurdish vote will sow division in region

The Washington Post | Saturday September 30, 2017

The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has warned that a controversial referendum on support for independence in Iraq’s Kurdistan will lead to dividing several countries in the region.

Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step toward wider Mideast partition

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday that an Iraqi Kurdish independence vote marked a first step toward the partition of the Middle East, warning that this would lead to "internal wars" and must be opposed.

Catalan Police Face Their Own Test of Independence

The New York Times | Saturday September 30, 2017

The Mossos d’Esquadra, an autonomous force, has been told to confront the very citizens who recently praised their response to terrorist attacks.

Air France flight with engine damage makes emergency landing in Canada

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

(Reuters) - An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in eastern Canada on Saturday after one of its four engines sustained "serious damage" over the Atlantic, the airline said.

All the theories about what's happening to the diplomats in Cuba

The Washington Post | Saturday September 30, 2017

At least 21 Americans have reported a bizarre rash of symptoms.

Catalonia Readies for Volatile and Unpredictable Vote

The New York Times | Saturday September 30, 2017

A vote on secession is being put to voters in Spain’s Catalonia region on Sunday.

Air France says flight AF 066 suffered serious engine damage

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Air France said an engine on flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles had suffered "serious damage", forcing it to divert to Canada.

'Not appropriate,' envoy tells Britain's Boris over Kipling poem in Myanmar

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's ambassador to Myanmar was forced to interrupt Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier this year as he tried to recite a nostalgic colonial poem by Rudyard Kipling in public during a visit to the country's most famous Buddhist site.

Top Austrian Social Democrat steps down over election smear campaign

Reuters | Saturday September 30, 2017

VIENNA (Reuters) - The number 2 figure in Austria's ruling Social Democratic Party has said he is resigning over a smear campaign against the main conservative party's leader, adding to a sense of disarray on the centre-left of politics weeks before a parliamentary election.

Spain’s FM calls Catalan referendum a mockery of democracy

The Washington Post | Saturday September 30, 2017

The Catalan regional government’s plan to hold an independence referendum is a “mockery of democracy,” Spain’s foreign minister said Saturday.