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A movement and pressure for equal love have been increased in Australia, although the country currently bans same-sex marriage.

Although Labor party, Australia governing party, has splited due to the issue about same-sex marriage during the party conference in Sydney, the party has turned to endorse same-sex marriage, according to the BBC.

However, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard would not propose any bill pushing chagnes in conservative opossitions about legalizing same-sex marriage, reported Phil Mercer.

People from the supporting same-sex marriage campaigns argued that they deserve equal right, during the Labor party conference in Sydney.

Also, Mercer reported that recent opinion poll showed that a majority of Australian people believed gay couple should be given the same rights.

Big Exam Day in South Korea

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The day of a college entrance exam, College Scholastic Ability Test, is the most important date in the year for seniors at high school and their parents in South Korea.

For this year, Nov., 13 is the big day and on the day, the whole society tried to ensure all students could arrive on the test time by delaying usual work time and increasing public transportaions, according to the CNN.

The CNN introduced the tradition that yonger students gathered in school gates to support seniors who took the exam in the mornig of exam day.

Not only younger students, but also parents of test-takers supported them by praying at churches and temples, according to the Reuters.

Kwon Jeong-hee, who is one of prayer participated in prayer meeting for parents of CSAT exam takers at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, told to the Reuters that she has been pressured and stress due to obsession that her son has to go a good college and for praying that, she has not allowed strangers to come her house because superstitions against strangers.

"In South Korea, the reality is most student have lived for this very day," said a teacher from Paihwa Girl's High School. "The fact that everything is decided on this one day can place an immense amount of pressure on them." according to the CNN.

Demonstration Against The Military Rule in Egypt

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Sine the big demostration against the government in last February, about fifty thousand crowd have united for antigovernment demonstration again on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.

Protesters were gathered becaused of a constitutional draft document that could allow the military to remain its authority and power after a new civilian government is established, according to the BBC.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to protesters and some protesters defied the police by throwing rocks and setting fire to police vehicles, according to the BBC.

The New York Times reported that protesters chanted calls for the overthrow of the military rule by shouting "Tantawi, we will step over you with a shoe!" Tantawi is a head of military council in Egypt, according to the New York Times.

"We made the revolution and we don't need a guardian to tell us how to write our constitution," Mohamed Abdel Azeem, a 40-year-old railroad worker form protesters, sadi to the New York Times.

"Down, down with military rule." protesters chanted and kept their demonstration in Cairo, according to the New York Times.

China's Imports will Increase Dramatically in 5 years

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China's imports have been increased recently, while growth of exports has been continued modertate.

This trend reflected China's economic policy which has been focusing on expanding China's domestic demand and Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that China's total imports would exceed $ 8 trillion in five years last Friday, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek.

In addition, Hu emphasized that there should be less restriction between The U.S. and China trade to ease the trade imbalance, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek.

China's imports rose 28.7 percent in October, compared with a year ago, while the growth of export was moderate which was rising 15.9 percent from a year ago, according to the New York Times.

Zhang Yansheng, director of the Institute for International Economics Researche of the National Development and Reform Commission told to the New York Times that the moderation in economic growth reflected the risk of trad-protection measures in Europe and the United States.

China's exports to Europe decreased 7.5 percent from 9.8 percent in September and exports to the United States increased 11 percent from 10 percent in previous few months, accoridng to the New York Times.

Sir Alex Ferguson who is one of the most famous football managers in the world celebrated his 25 years at the Old Trafford, Nov., 5, Saturday.

Since Ferguson has been a manager of Manchester United in1986, the Scottish manager has won 12 league titles and 2 European cups, according to the Guardian.

David Gill, chief executive of the football club, told to the that Ferguson's contribution to the club has been "immense" and "truly remarkable."

Gill described the manager as "the most successful manager in British football history.", according to the

The Guardian pointed out that Ferguson has always impressed by the strong man in history and this reflects his leadership, for instance, Alex Ferguson has not allowed democracy in the dressimg room, even for David Beckham. Based on strong charisma Ferguson controlled his players completely in every game.

Alex Ferguson has movec to Manchester from Aberdeen in 1986, according to the

An American singer-songwriter and actress, May J. Blige who is well known as a winner of Grammy Awards in 2007, came back with her new album, My Life II : The Journey Continues.

Blige introduced her new album as "survival" to the Independent. Especially, she described one of songs in the new album, Lving Proof, is about her story which is realted to overcome her dark age when she suffered from drugs abuse and alcohol in early days of her career.

She was born in Bronx, New York in 1971 and grew up in Yonkers, New York, based on the Independent. Her father who was a Vietnam veteran suffering from flashback, died when she was five and her mother was always too busy to take care of Mary. Blige recalled her bad environment led to be agressive and low self-esteem in her early days.

Mary J. Blige felt lucky she could have been able to overcom her problems, unlike Amy Winehouse, according to the NME, the English music magazine.

Blige told to the NME that asking help to somebody is not the shame and guilt and this made her overcome her problems.

Mary J. Blige started new career, besieds singer and actress. She opened the Mary J Blige Centre for Women in Yonkers, New York and Blige has helped about 100 women to attend college, according to the Independent.

A Suicide Car Bombing in Afghanistan

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17 people diedn in a Taliban car bomb attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Staurday.

Not only nine Americans, but also several foreigners who worked for the International Security Assistance Force were killed in a sudice bombing, according to the CNN.

ISAF said that about 27 people died in clashes between NATO tropps and suspected insurgent troops in east of Kabul, according to the CNN.

Two British civilians, Canadian soldier and four Afghans, including two students were also killed, CNN reported.

Also, three australians were killed in the south of Afghanistan when Afghan army officer pointed his foreign collegues, the Guardian reported.

The Tliban claimed responsibility for the attack to foreign forces, especially Western forces, according to the Guardian.

Congress Passes Free Trade Agreements with 3 Nations

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Congress approved free-trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama Wednesday.

The White House, Republicans and big business groups believe the deals would creat new jobs in the United States, according to the CNN.

However, some prominent labor unions and Democrats have opposed the free-trade deals and argued that increased import would lead to more layoffs in the United States, the Washington Post reported.

Especially, agreements would bring benefits to the U.S. agriculture industry by having new exporting markets for beef, wheat and soybeans, the CNN reported.

The Washington Post pointed out South Korea is one of major exporters of textile, steel and machined parts, and the agreement would increase imports, especially in the textile industry.

The United States has similar agreements with 17 other nations, according to the Washington Post.

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