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Switzerland will vote on Sunday in a referendum on whether to allow same-sex couples to get married and adopt children following intense campaigns from gay rights activists. The country is one of the last Western European countries to still ban gay marriage, with same-sex couples only being allowed to enter civil partnerships in 2007. The government and Parliament approved opening civil marriage to same-sex couples last December but was forced into a referendum by opponents, which will take place on Sunday.
Stormont’s Agriculture Minister said it would be ‘ridiculous’ if the UK is forced to import food due to an inability to process home produced animals.
Second line of defence: Taiwan’s civilians train to resist invasion Workshops teach public first aid and prepare them to assist armed forces in event of attack by China Members of the public take part in resilience training in Taiwan. Photograph: Forward Alliance/American Institute
Sir Keir Starmer has been warned his plans to reform how Labour elects its leader could "rip our party apart". John McDonnell, who was shadow chancellor during Jeremy Corbyn's time as leader, said the reform was a "complete distraction" and a bad idea. Sir Keir wants to scrap Labour's one member, one vote system introduced in 2014 and return to the electoral college made up of unions and affiliate organisations, MPs and party members.
The Letters Patent is dated March 20 1326, and grants land to a supporter in the Scottish Wars of Independence in return for archers.
Study assessed download pattern of popular songs, including Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
MEPs voted overwhelmingly to impose sanctions against the new government in Lebanon.View on euronews
Virtually any child aged between 12 and 15 who doesn’t get vaccinated will catch Covid at some point, England’s Chief Medical Officer said on Wednesday. Professor Chris Whitty said unvaccinated children are “likely to get an infection at some point between 12 and 15.”
The French president's office said President Emmanuel Macron expects “clarifications and clear commitments” from President Joe Biden in a call later Wednesday to address the submarines dispute
Rashford has used social media to highlight social issues such as child food poverty
Getting kids vaccinated isn’t just a health victory. It’s a lifeline for millions of womenPfizer and BioNTech announced that their Covid vaccine is safe and effective for children aged 5-11. This is overdue relief for many American women ‘Women were economically devastated by the pandemic, and childcare responsibilities were a big part of why.’ Photograph: LightField Studios Inc./Alamy
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Australian riot police fired rubber bullets to dispel a crowd of people demonstrating against Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown. More than 200 people were arrested after projectiles thrown by demonstrators injured two officers on Wednesday. Police were pelted with golf balls, batteries, and bottles during what was the third consecutive day of demonstrations against the COVID restrictions.
Boris Johnson used Franglais to hit back at the French president
Issue presents challenge for administration buoyed by positive marks on handling of Covid-19
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Football Index went into administration in March, leaving around 280,000 customers out of pocket by around £3.2 million.
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Former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville once quipped that if there were reincarnation, he wanted to come back as the bond market, because you can intimidate everybody. At their meeting at the White House yesterday, Joe Biden poured cold water over the idea of a speedy trade deal between the US and UK. While in the 2016 referendum campaign, Boris Johnson called on Britain to break free from Europe in order to strike a trade deal with America, it was Barack Obama who stated that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for such a deal.