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Hopes for second Brexit referendum reach fever pitch

London - Hopes for a second referendum on EU membership are rising in Britain amid heightened uncertainty over Brexit, but big hurdles remain -- from the timing to legal complexities on both sides of the Channel.

Taiwan to enact separate law on gay marriage

Taipei - Taiwan will enact a separate law for same-sex unions after conservative groups won a recent referendum battle, the premier said, as LGBT activists Friday urged the government to abide by a landmark ruling to offer equal marriage rights.

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Taipei - Voters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island's reputation as a rights trailblazer.

Taiwan vote spotlights social and political rifts

Taipei - Millions of Taiwanese went to the polls Saturday in key elections which tap into a raft of divisive issues, from relations with Beijing to gay rights.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban

Dublin - Ireland has voted to lift a rarely enforced constitutional ban on blasphemy in the latest secular reform for the once staunchly Catholic country, referendum results showed on Saturday.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban: exit polls

Dublin - Irish voters overwhelmingly backed the lifting of a constitutional ban on blasphemy, exit polls said Saturday, the latest reform relaxing the devout nation's historic ties to the Catholic Church.

Massive Taiwan Gay Pride parade pushes key referendum vote

Taipei - Flamboyant drag queens and horned devils rubbed shoulders with Christian pastors and supporters Saturday as tens of thousands of people took part in Taipei's Gay Pride parade -- the biggest in Asia -- ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights ...

Ireland votes on historic blasphemy ban

Dublin - Irish voters were deciding Friday whether to repeal a ban on blasphemy -- the latest potential reform distancing the once-devout nation from its Catholic past.

'Half million' rally in London for new Brexit vote

London - EU flag waving Britons rejecting a future outside Europe packed the heart of London on Saturday for an anti-Brexit protest organisers said drew more than half a million people.

Worried Britons to rally for new Brexit vote

London - Britons dreading life outside Europe will rally from all corners to London Saturday to try to stop their country's looming breakup with the EU.

Taiwan to hold independence rally in challenge to Beijing

Taipei - Taiwan independence campaigners will take to the streets Saturday for what they hope will be a major rally in a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island's already embattled government.

Romania vote to restrict gay marriage fails: final results

Bucharest - A controversial Romanian referendum aimed at restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex couples has failed after turnout fell well below the threshold, final results showed on Monday.

Low turnout casts doubt on Romania anti-gay marriage vote

Bucharest - Low turnout voided a referendum in Romania Sunday on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions, election officials said.Just 20.

Low turnout hits Romania gay marriage vote

Bucharest - Low turnout cast uncertainty over a referendum in Romania Sunday on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions.

Macedonia president slams 'unfair' EU after referendum

Prague - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov slammed the EU as "unfair" on Thursday after a referendum to change the country's name, which had been a condition for its EU and NATO entry.

Campaigners hit the streets in bid to reverse Brexit

Solihull - Campaigners for a second referendum on Brexit are braving scepticism and even hostility as they hit Britain's streets as part of a growing movement to get Britons to change their mind.

Gay community in Romania fears fallout from marriage referendum

Bucharest - Growing up gay in overwhelmingly Orthodox Romania was never easy for Cosmin Olteanu, but the 18-year-old student fears life could get worse when the country votes in a referendum to narrowly define marriage.

UN chief urges Macedonia to implement name change

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Macedonia to move forward with a name change after more than 90 percent of voters backed renaming the Balkan country North Macedonia.

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Skopje - Macedonia's government vowed Monday to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout in a referendum on the move made it illegitimate.

Catalans deeply divided a year after independence referendum

Celr - For Jaume Casamitjana, last year's banned independence referendum in Catalonia marked a watershed in his feelings about Spain, while for Alexandra Lopez-Liz, it pushed her to take a stand against the separatist movement.

A year after referendum, Catalan separatists rudderless

Barcelona - On October 1, 2017, Catalan separatists held an illegal and divisive referendum which saw them launching a failed attempt to break away from Spain. A year on, however, the independence movement is divided and rudderless.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Skopje - With Sunday's referendum proposing the new name "Republic of North Macedonia", the country hopes to resolve a row poisoning relations with Greece and blocking efforts to join the EU and NATO.

Macedonian referendum backs new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Macedonian voters on Sunday supported a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long spat with Greece and unlocking a path to NATO and EU membership, although the referendum was marred by low turnout.

Macedonia to vote on new name to end Greek row

Skopje - Voters across the Balkan state of Macedonia will decide Sunday whether to re-name their country North Macedonia, an emotional vote that could end a bitter row with Greece and unlock a path to NATO and the EU.

Macedonia president urges boycott of name referendum

New York - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called on Thursday for voters to boycott this weekend's referendum on a name change, saying the country was being asked to commit "historical suicide.

Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev: an optimist in the Balkans

Skopje - He took down a strongman, survived a bloody mob attack and won global plaudits for signing a historic accord with Greece.

'Everyone is for yes': name vote brings hope to Macedonia's Albanians

Skopje - From the brink of war to decades of discrimination and poverty, it has not been an easy ride for the Albanian minority wedged into Macedonia's northwest corner.

In Macedonia, emigration leaves empty villages in its wake

Zelenikovo - Only one man knows how the Macedonian village of Gradovci will vote in Sunday's referendum: Dushan Nikolovski, the sole year-round resident of the near-deserted community, now a collection of crumbling stone homes.

Date set for Irish blasphemy referendum

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on October 26 to repeal its constitutional law forbidding blasphemy, Dublin announced on Friday.

Malta PM claims EU leaders 'almost unanimous' for second Brexit vote

London - Malta's prime minister on Thursday signalled unexpected support from EU leaders for a second referendum on Brexit in Britain, boosting a growing campaign for a new poll despite the British government's trenchant opposition.
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Same-sex couple Mima Simic and her girlfriend Marta Susak vote in a referendum in Zagreb December 1, 2013. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman"
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann talks to media during a news conference on the 1:12 initiative in Bern November 24, 2013. Swiss voters rejected a proposal on Sunday to cap the salaries of top executives at 12 times that of a company's lowest wage, heeding warnings from industry leaders that the measure could harm the country's economy
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Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results come in at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014
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A photo of same-sex couple Mima Simic and Marta Sisak is seen in their home in Zagreb. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" on December 1, 2013
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Same-sex couple Mima Simic and Marta Sisak kiss in Zagreb's downtown. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" on December 1, 2013
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Egyptian President Mursi has come under fire from the opposition due to the referendum, which has passed by majority vote.
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Protest in Madrid, Spain for a referendum on monarchy or republic
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File photo of a poster for the initiative requesting a yes vote "1:12, together for fair wages" attached to a lamp post in Eclepens, western Switzerland. The sign reads : "Wages : stop to excesses. 1:12 Yes November 24"
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