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Philippine lawyer finds unlikely ally in Duterte in fight to legalise gay marriage


Jesus Falcis has taken his battle to the supreme court, backed by a president who regularly clashes with the Catholic church

In the Philippines, where Catholicism is dominant and divorce is still illegal, a young atheist, openly gay lawyer is leading a historic fight for same-sex marriage.

Jesus Falcis, 31, will face the supreme court on Tuesday to argue that a law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which he said doesn’t make gender specifications on who can be married.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/philippines-lawyer-gay-marriage-duterte-church

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US warns China of ‘consequences’ over reported missiles in South China Sea

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North Korea to align with South’s time zone as first practical step toward reconciliation

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Thailand: hundreds stage largest protest since start of military rule


Environmental activists demonstrate against luxury housing project in Chiang Mai

Over a thousand people have gathered in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to protest against the building of a government luxury housing project on forested land, police have said.

The gathering on Sunday was one of the largest since Thailand’s junta took power following a 2014 coup. The junta imposed a ban on public gatherings of over five people and has largely curbed freedom of expression through various orders and used military and police forces to block public gatherings.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/29/thailand-environmental-protest-chiang-mai

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North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Preview Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.
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Source: https://www.rt.com/news/424375-north-south-korea-peace/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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Japan’s Shinzo Abe tipped to resign in June as cronyism scandals take toll


Prime minister’s popularity is at an all-time low and risks damaging his party’s standing in coming elections

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is likely to resign in June after two cronyism scandals sent his approval ratings to an all-time low and risk damaging his party’s fortunes in elections next year, according to one of Japan’s most popular postwar leaders.

Junichiro Koizumi, a flamboyant reformer who was prime minister from 2001-06, told a weekly magazine published on Monday that Abe has found himself in a “dangerous” situation over the scandals, adding: “Won’t he resign around the time the current parliamentary session ends [on 20 June]?”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/japan-shinzo-abe-tipped-to-resign-june-cronyism-scandal