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Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution

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Bucharest, Oct 6 (AP) - Romanians have begun two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote has raised concerns that non-traditional families will be discriminated against.
A conservative group initiated the referendum being held on Saturday and Sunday, and the influential Romanian Orthodox Church is backing it.
The proposed amendment would revise the definition of family in the Constitution of Romania to make marriage "a...
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Indonesia considers making devastated areas mass graves

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Palu, Oct 6 (AP) - Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves.
Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll from...
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Pakistani court allows officials to quiz opposition leader

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Lahore, Oct 6 (AP) - A Pakistani court on Saturday said it would allow the country's anti-graft body to hold opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif for 10 days to interrogate him about alleged links to a multi-million dollar housing scam, his party said.
Maryam Aurangzeb, spokeswoman for the Pakistan...
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Pompeo seeks allied unity on North Korea denuke effort

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Tokyo, Oct 6 (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged Saturday that the Trump administration's effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons would be fully coordinated with allies Japan and South Korea, as he prepared to travel to Pyongyang under pressure to produce tangible...
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In neighborhood buried by quake, kin found in final embrace

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Palu, Oct 2 (AP) - For two days, Edi Setiawan helped pull the dead and the living out of a sea of mud and debris, all of them victims of one of Indonesia's deadliest earthquakes in years.
And then, half-buried in the brown sludge, he saw two motionless bodies that broke his heart.
"I could see my...
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