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Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Seoul - On a summer's day in 1985 a seven-year-old boy sat alone at a crowded bus station in Seoul, sobbing as he waited desperately for his mother to return.

Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily

Madrid - The first woman recognised by Spanish courts as one of the "stolen babies" of the Franco dictatorship has found her biological family who told her she had in fact been given up voluntarily for adoption by her mother, public prosecutors said Thursday.

Children up for adoption paraded in Brazil shopping center

Rio De Janeiro - A parade of adoptable children held in a Brazilian shopping center drew condemnation Thursday, with some comparing the event to the sale of animals or slaves.

Children up for adoption paraded in Brazil shopping center

Rio De Janeiro - A parade of adoptable children held in a Brazilian shopping center drew condemnation Thursday, with some comparing the event to the sale of animals or slaves.

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son

Fpo - A gay Singaporean man Monday won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state.

India orders all Mother Teresa care homes inspected

New Delhi - India has ordered an immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by a religious order founded by Mother Teresa after a nun was arrested over an alleged adoption racket.

Mother Teresa charity shocked after India babies 'sold'

New Delhi - An Indian charity founded by Mother Teresa expressed outrage and regret Friday after a nun and an employee were arrested for allegedly selling infants for adoption for potentially thousands of dollars.

Adoption row in France as official backs anti-gay bias

Rouen - A French official sparked a major row Tuesday by suggesting gay people came lower in the pecking order than heterosexual couples when applying to adopt children.

New child adoption scandal engulfs Ireland

Dublin - The birth certificates of 126 children adopted in Ireland between 1946 and 1969 were doctored to show their new families as their biological parents, the government admitted on Wednesday.

Tearful reunion highlights plight of China's missing children

Bejing - A tearful reunion between parents and their missing daughter after an agonising 24-year search has put a spotlight on the vexed issue of child trafficking and disappearances in China.

Ice hockey sisters face off for rival nations at Olympics

Seoul - They were born thousands of kilometres apart but grew up together, skated together, and went to school together. When they take to the ice at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though, the Brandt sisters will once again represent different countries.

Gay Singaporean loses bid to adopt surrogate son

Singapore - A gay Singaporean man has failed in a bid to formally adopt his biological son fathered via a surrogate in the United States at a cost of US$200,000.

First adoption by gay couple in Germany

Berlin - Two men in Berlin became the first same-sex couple to adopt a child in Germany, a human rights association said Tuesday, cheering another "big step forward" for gay people.

Lebanon war adoptees abroad dig to unearth roots

Birut - Dida Guigan was just two weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's civil war.

Boxed in: S.Korea child law sees more babies abandoned

Seoul - The young woman laboured up the steps, past brightly decorated walls akin to a child's nursery, her daughter in her arms. Opening a hatch in the wall, she put her inside, turned around and walked away.

Madonna takes kids back to Malawi to open hospital

Blantyre - US pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday took her four adopted Malawian children back to their home country for the opening of a paediatric hospital wing that her charity has built.

India child protection officers held in trafficking probe

Kolkata - Two child protection officers have been arrested for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centres in eastern India selling children to foreign couples, police said Saturday.

India child protection officers held in trafficking probe

Kolkata - Two child protection officers have been arrested for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centres in eastern India selling children to foreign couples, police said Saturday.

India child protection officers held in trafficking probe

Kolkata - Two child protection officers have been arrested for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centres in eastern India selling children to foreign couples, police said Saturday.

Madonna adopts 4-year-old twin girls in Malawi

Blantyre - US superstar Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi on Tuesday, a court official told AFP, raising to four the total number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation.

Madonna in Malawi to apply to adopt two more children

Blantyre - US pop superstar Madonna appeared in person at a court in the Malawian capital Lilongwe on Wednesday to apply to adopt two more local children, a court spokesman told AFP.

Russia adoption law discriminatory: European court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia's policy of refusing to allow Americans to adopt Russian children was discriminatory, a decision Moscow said it would appeal.

Czech court lifts ban only on individual gay adoptions

Prague - The top Czech court on Tuesday lifted a ban on gays adopting children as individuals, but not as same-sex couples, prompting criticism from rights advocates.

Italian court sets gay adoption precedent

Rome - Italy's highest court has allowed a lesbian to adopt the daughter of her partner in a landmark ruling a month after a law on gay civil unions was passed without any such provisions.

Portugal's parliament overturns veto on gay adoption

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Wednesday upheld a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples by overriding a veto handed down in one of the last political moves by the country's outgoing conservative president.

Portugal's outgoing president vetoes gay adoption bill

Lisbon - Conservative Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva vetoed on Monday a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples in one of his last political moves before newly-elected Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa takes the office.

Portuguese parliament backs adoption by gay couples

Lisbon - The Portuguese parliament, which swung left at last month's general election, backed a law to allow same-sex couples to adopt, in a first reading of the bill on Friday.

Colombia court allows gay couples to register children

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that gay couples must be allowed to register newborn children in both parents' names, with birth certificates listing two mothers or two fathers.

Colombia court lets same-sex couples adopt children

Estanzuela - Colombia's highest court ruled that same-sex couples can adopt children, lifting the last restriction on gays raising kids.

Op-Ed: 50 million people use Windows 10: Why that doesn't mean anything

Three weeks after its launch, Windows 10 is now in use by 50 million people worldwide. Although the figure sounds impressive, it's still far off the company's target of one billion Windows 10 devices in two years — something I'm not sure is possible.
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