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Taiwan moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

Dec 26, 2016

Taiwan moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s parliament on Monday passed the first draft of a controversial marriage equality bill, moving the island a step closer to becoming the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex nuptials. A legislative committee approved the amendment to the civil law that would allow ...

Nov 2, 2016

Chinese lawmakers poised to ban some private schools: report

China may ban for-profit, private elementary and middle schools in a move likely to tighten government control of education and cool a fast-growing but poorly regulated sector. Leaders of the country’s legislature are considering changes to a law this week that would make it ...

China priests wary of Vatican's olive branch

Nov 2, 2016

China priests wary of Vatican's olive branch

Secret talks between the Vatican and Beijing are raising hopes of a “historic” rapprochement after six decades of estrangement, but some Chinese clergy fear that Rome will accept a communist stranglehold over the country’s Catholics. Since becoming head of the Holy See in 2013 ...