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The List That’s Freaking Out Everyone in Moscow

Kremlin list worries Russians tied to PutinCongress hit a nerve in Moscow last summer when it passed (and President Donald Trump signed) H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.”

Beyond the law’s many sanctions, its Section 241 requires the administration to submit to Congress a detailed report identifying “the most significant senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation, as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” within 180 days.

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U.S. vetoes U.N. call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

US vetoes Security Council resolution on JerusalemThe United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

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2 couples tie the knot in Australia's 1st same-sex weddings

Australia allows same sex marriageTwo female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.

Jan. 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings due to a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed. But the two couples were married in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday after being granted permission to waive the notice period.

Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, exchanged vows in Sydney because their families had to travel from Wales in the U.K. to attend what was to have been their commitment ceremony.

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Canadian Billionaire and Wife Found Dead in Toronto Home

Candian billionare couple found dead in Toronto homeThe billionaire founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex and his wife were reportedly found dead in their Toronto home on Friday, and police are investigating their “suspicious” deaths. Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins has confirmed that Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead, but police have not yet identified the two bodies discovered at the home.

“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” Const. David Hopkins told reporters outside the couple’s home. Hopkinson said investigators were not currently treating the deaths as homicides, but noted that it was still very early in the investigation.

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Seoul supports Tillerson's proposed talks with North Korea

Tillerson looks to talks with N. KoreansSeoul has expressed support for talks between Washington and Pyongyang after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson showed willingness to sit down with the North "with no preconditions."

Unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Wednesday that South Korea agrees with Washington on pursuing a peaceful solution to the North Korea nuclear crisis, Hankook Ilbo reported. If such dialogue will help achieve that goal, then Seoul hopes for it to happen soon, he said.

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Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

Abbas asks UN to appoint new Mideast mediatorBreaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

At a summit in Turkey, Arab and Muslim leaders "rejected and condemned" President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — the trigger for Abbas' sharp policy pivot — but stopped short of backing his more combative approach toward Washington.

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Bermuda bans gay marriage months after Supreme Court approval

Same sex marriage re-banned Just months after gay couples in Bermuda were allowed to marry under a Supreme Court ruling, the island country's government reimposed a ban under a new law.

Member of Parliament Lawrence Scott said the Domestic Partnerships Act of 2017 helps the LGBTQ community by giving gay couples "benefits it has been asking for," while keeping traditionalists happy because it doesn't change the the "traditional definition of marriage."

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