Geir Moulson, Associated Press | Posted
Jun 27th - 4:13am
Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left rivals said Tuesday they would seek a parliamentary vote this week on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader backed off her conservatives' long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.
Without citing evidence or going into details, the Trump White House has released a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Press secretary Sean Spicer says U.S. officials have "potential" evidence that Syria is getting ready for another chemical weapons attack. He adds that the U.S. "identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime." Spicer also said that would likely "result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."
China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for "speaking irresponsibly" ahead of an expected Trump administration move to declare China is among the world's worst human trafficking offenders.
As recently as February, Liu Xiaobo's brother dismissed reports that the Nobel Peace laureate might be ill in prison. Then came the bombshell Monday that Liu has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and released on medical parole.
German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country's reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin's Roman Catholic cathedral.