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Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

“We don’t just want the same law. We want the same constitutional protections,” said Axel Hochrein, a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. Continue reading the main story Activists have spent years lobbying for such a constitutional change, but it is unclear whether conservatives will allow it, said Volker Beck, a Green Party lawmaker and a longtime champion of gay rights. “Today, we celebrate our gay pride,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. A softening in conservative opposition to gay marriage enabled Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage in…

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Anthony Scaramucci says Trump ‘is on missile lock’ to build border wall

Anthony Scaramucci said in his first interview since being named White House communications director that President Trump is “on missile lock” to keep his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. “I know this is one of his campaign promises that he is on missile lock to keep,” Scaramucci said Saturday on “Breitbart News Saturday” on SiriusXM. Pressed by host Matthew Boyle on when the wall would be built, Scaramucci noted he only started the job on Friday and hadn’t spoken with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly…

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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

But the strategy has driven a wedge inside Mr. Trump’s political and legal teams. Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president is better off not undermining Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director who served presidents of both parties and enjoys broad bipartisan respect in Washington. If the president has done nothing wrong, they argue, then allowing Mr. Mueller to come to that conclusion on his own would be the best way of finally dispensing with the suspicions of collusion with Russia during last year’s election. An exoneration…

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Trump speaks at commissioning of new aircraft carrier

President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military’s strength. “When it comes to battle, we don’t want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me,” Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier.  “American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world,” he added. “America’s might is second to none.” President Trump (C) is welcomed aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk,…

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Blac Chyna Gives New BF Mechie Up Close Look at the Goods in Miami Nightclub

Blac Chyna to Mechie This Is What You Get for Tattin’ My Name Blac Chyna is on the road and giving lap dances again, but not for dollar bills … just for her new bf. Chyna did a paid appearance at Miami’s Mynt Lounge Friday night, and brought her boo, Mechie, along to keep her company. The singer was well compensated though … with Chyna’s boobs and ass in his face. Maybe it was worth it getting her initials tatted on him — but probably not. Meanwhile, her ex … Rob…

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‘A Spirit of Bipartisanship That Is Sorely Lacking Today’

3. Simply brilliant. Unapologetic, irreverent, unafraid and in your face. This is the reason why he became president and he reason why he’ll get re-elected. [Make America Great Again]! — RS in Philadelphia. Australian Woman Shot By Minneapolis Police Photo Credit Stephen Maturen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 4. Americans want to know: Take my chances with the assailant? Or take my chances getting killed by police? Tough call. — Mark Penney on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Justine Damond, an Australian woman who was killed by…

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Philippine Congress Approves Extension of Martial Law in Besieged Region

He said that with the congressional debate settled, the authorities could now focus on bringing back “public safety and law and order in the whole of Mindanao.” But critics say Mr. Duterte does not need military powers to defeat the militants. And analysts say he appears to be using the Marawi crisis as an excuse to impose authoritarian rule in the Philippines, one of Asia’s most freewheeling democracies, which in 1986 toppled the two-decade rule of the strongman Ferdinand Marcos. “Extending martial law can unmask the Duterte government’s real political…

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