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Taiwan's legislature first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
Taiwan's legislature first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

The legislature of Taiwan, the Legislative Yuan, voted 66 to 27 to legalize same-sex marriage, seven days ahead of the two-year deadline issued by the country's Constitutional Court in 2017. This would make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legally recognize unions between same-sex couples. The law is to take effect late this week.

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Governor of US state of Alabama signs state anti-abortion measure
Governor of US state of Alabama signs state anti-abortion measure

In the US state of Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, officially outlawing nearly all circumstances of abortion in the state.

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Man sets himself on fire outside US White House
Man sets himself on fire outside US White House

At around 12:20 p.m. local time on Wednesday (1620 UTC) in the United States capital city Washington DC, Arnav Gupta, 33-year-old of Bethesda, Maryland, set himself on fire in the Ellipse, a publicly accessible area between the south lawn of the White House and the Washington Monument. He was transported to a local hospital, and died that night.

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Toronto's Anime North 2019 brings thousands of fans together
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Toronto's Anime North 2019 brings thousands of fans together

Many thousands of anime and manga fans descended on the Toronto Congress Centre for Anime North, a fan-run convention launched in 1997. Spread between four venues over four days, May 23 to 26, the event featured J-pop maid idols, voice actors, writers, and more. Wikinews attended.

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Nickey Iyambo, former vice-president of Namibia, dies aged 82
Nickey Iyambo, former vice-president of Namibia, dies aged 82

Nickey Iyambo, former vice-president of Namibia, died. He was 82 years old.

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