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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.

India's adoption industry faces reform

New Delhi - At a now-shuttered adoption agency on the fringes of India's capital, kidnapped toddlers and newborns were being sold for about $8,000 each, no questions asked.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoptions by gays

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court has put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child's biological parent.

Portuguese parliament votes against gay couples adopting

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws to allow gay couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favour by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.

Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

Chile creates DNA bank for Pinochet-era adoptions probe

Santiago - Chilean authorities have created a bank of DNA data to help investigate suspected illegal adoptions under the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet, in power 1973 to 1990.

Video: Nathan the dog goes Gangnam Style for adoption

Greenville - You probably wouldn't want to watch yet another Gangnam Style parody video, there's been so many. But hey, you haven't seen Nathan doing his thing yet. He's the very best so far!

Russia's anti-gay adoption laws affect Canadian couple

Halifax - The only thing Pam and Adam Webber want more than the child they were excitedly awaiting, is a change in Russia’s international adoption laws.

Adoption 2013: A coach paves the way Special

Steve Jobs hasn’t been gone long, but his legacy will endure. He was adopted. So were Nelson Mandela, comedian Jeff Dunham, figure skater Scott Hamilton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Moses.

High court rebuffs Cherokee dad in adoption case

The Supreme Court has denied the plea of Dusten Brown, the Cherokee father who is fighting the adoption of his 3-year-old daughter by a couple in South Carolina.

Mom forced daughter, 14, to be her surrogate mother

Since she couldn't have children herself, a mother forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to be her surrogate mother, forcing the teen to inseminate herself with donor sperm for a period of two years.

Appeals court rules man cannot adopt his girlfriend

A man who had adopted his adult girlfriend, only a few years younger than he, has just learned he cannot remain as her father.

Adoption war between white and black mothers

Anna Kopo now wants the girl back that she gave up for adoption in 2009, tearing the heart out of Deborah Kirsten-Mey, the mother who adopted the child as a baby.

Thousands demonstrate in Moscow in support of adoption ban

On March 2nd, thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow to support a ban on adoptions of Russian children by United States (U.S.) citizens.

Wonky, a disabled Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy needs new home

Leeds - The photos below show Wonky, an 11-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. She was abandoned on the street soon after she was born. As you can see from the photos, she is disabled, but needs a new home.

Reconnection brings mother and daughter together Special

Toronto - Anne Dranitsaris and daughter Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard have an amazing relationship recently co-authoring the book What You Were Meant To Be. Some may not know is that their life as mom and daughter didn't start until Heather was an adult.

International Cat Day: 10 years of clawing, meowing across globe

Toronto - Although many claim a dog to be man's best friend, a cat can be just as great a pet as the hound. Today is International Cat Day, a day to celebrate cats all around the world, whether they are a Tabby, Calico or Manx.

David Cameron plans to tackle adoptions 'absurd barriers'

David Cameron is pushing for plans that will help speed up the adoption system, whilst at the same time removing the "absurd barriers" of mixed race adoption.

Foster care children wait for their forever family

This Saturday is National Adoption Day in the United States. On this day courts and communities finalize adoptions of many children who are living in foster care. Over 100,000 children in foster care wait for a 'forever family'.

Lincoln County Jail adopts cats to relieve inmate stress

North Platte - Inmates in the Lincoln County Jail have some four-legged companions as cell-mates after the Sheriff recently approved the adoption of two cats from a local animal shelter to help relieve inmate stress and assist in their rehabilitation.
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Baby, the dog that Jason Dotson allegedly tried to have put down, is now ready for adoption.
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