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Brazil judicial decision paves the way for same sex marriage

In this file photo from Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, a rainbow flag flies below the American flag outside City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

In a bold move for the majority Roman Catholic nation, the National Council of Justice (NCJ), a panel which oversees Brazil's legal system and is headed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, said government offices that issue marriage licenses had no standing to reject gay couples.

North Korea ‘preparing for two nuclear tests’

12:12 PM 02/04/2013

Analysis of recent satellite images has shown new activity on the southern edge of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, while preparations at a second tunnel to the west were apparently completed earlier, a South Korean government source told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

North Korea ‘under martial law’

2:01 PM 01/31/2013

In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the conclusion of preparations for a new nuclear test, the Joongang Daily reported.