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UN document on equality for women approved

Liberal and conservative countries have approved a United Nations document to promote equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents.

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'Abused worker' sues Bangladeshi consul in US

A former domestic worker for the consul general of Bangladesh has sued him and his wife in New York, saying he was lured to the United States with false promises of $3,000 monthly wages and then was forced to work in oppressive conditions.

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Uruguay offers to take Guantanamo prisoners

Uruguay's president has said he is open to taking a number men being held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

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Obama: Iranians 'deserve better' from leaders

US President Barack Obama has told Iranians they "deserve better" and that a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear issue will help move Iran "along the new path that so many Iranians seek".

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Opposition mayor arrested in Venezuela

Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested the opposition mayor of San Cristobal for "civil rebellion," accusing him of stoking violence in the city hit harder than anywhere by more than a month of unrest.

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Bin Laden son-in-law unexpectedly testifies

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, has unexpectedly testified at his trial on terrorism-related charges and denied that he had any role in al-Qaeda plots against the United States.

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US and Russia in tit-for-tat Crimea sanctions

Obama announced new sanctions against prominent RussiansUS President President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against prominent Russians, including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea.

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Former Bogota mayor's dismissal approved

Colombia's Council of State approved the dismissal of Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogota, the most important elected position in the country after the presidency.

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Mexico cartel member held in organ theft case

Police in Mexico's western state of Michoacan have arrested an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel on suspicion of kidnapping children to harvest their organs.

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St Patrick's parades held in US amid gay row

About one million spectators, mostly dressed in green, streamed into New York for its St Patrick's Day Parade, even as the city's mayor and beer companies that previously sponsored the event dropped out after organisers excluded gay groups.

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