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Anti-gay marriage marchers protest all over France

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By Gyusung Sim

Groups opposing President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption took to the streets across Paris Saturday.
The controversial Ukrainian group, topless members have taunted a march, and the Catholic group Civitas organized Sunday's march by several thousand people carrying pro-family banners, reported by the Fox News.
Their final destination was the Invalids monument, the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French leader who invented the country's prized civil code, reported by the USA Today.
It states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, a point the gay marriage bill seeks to overturn.
A recent survey found that most French favor gay marriage, while support for adoption by gay couples hovers at around 50 percent.

By Gyusung Sim

The United Nations reported that 11,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries on Friday, the vast majority clambering for safety over the Turkish border, in one of the largest single-day torrents of refugees since the Syrian conflict began.
United Nations refugee agency officials said 9,000 of the fleeing Syrians, many of them drenched from a cold rain, went to Turkey, reported by the Washington Post.
The civil war in Syria has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March 2011.
The United Nations is warning that the number of people inside Syria needing humanitarian aid could rise sharply, from 2.5 million now to 4 million by early next year, if the civil war grinds on at its deadly pace, reported by the USA Today.

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Pakistan

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By Gyusung Sim

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle carrying the regional head of a government-allied militia in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing him and five others, police and the militant group said.
Several people were also wounded in the blast near a gas station in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The head of the local anti-Taliban militia, was killed along with three guards and two passers-by, reported by the USA Today.
The district of Buner is believed to be a hiding place for the Pakistani Taliban. It is located near the Swat Valley, where the insurgent group shot and wounded 15-year-old education activist Malala Yousufzai last month for criticizing its behavior when it seized the isolated region in 2008, reported by the Seattle Times.

Tsunami Threat in Hawaii Downgraded to Advisory

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By Gyusung Sim

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after the powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.
The weather service also canceled a tsunami advisory for Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory, reported by the USA Today.
Kevin Richards, earthquake and tsunami manager for Hawaii State Civil Defense, said water, gas and power lines were not damaged by the smaller-than-expected waves. "Everything is normal," Richards said. "We're in good shape with this one," reported by the NBC News.
NBC News' Wilson Rothman, who was staying on the island of Kauai, said that while there had been no noticeable rise in water levels, local officials and hotel staff had taken precautions.

By Gyusung Sim

Tens of thousands rallied in Pakistan's largest city Sunday in the biggest show of support yet for a 14-year-old girl who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban for promoting girl's education and criticizing the militant group.
Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and neck, was airlifted Thursday to a military hospital for her own protection after the attack, reported by the USA Today.
Right-wing Islamic parties and organizations in Pakistan that regularly pull thousands of supporters into the streets to protest against the United States have less of an incentive to speak out against the Taliban, reported by the Star Tribune.
Analysts said that they believed that the attack on Malala was the Taliban trying to show it still wields control in the area. Regardless of the revulsion over the attack, it will not lessen Taliban support in the short run.

Still Have Troubles between South Korea and North Korea

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By Gyusung Sim

A North Korean soldier shot his platoon and company commanders Saturday and defected to South Korea crossing the western side of the Demilitarized Zone.
According to the USA Today, more than 24,000 North Koreans have arrived in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. The official said the motive behind the defection was unclear, because border security has been tighter than usual along the border in the past few years as military and political tensions between North and South Koreans.
In the same vein, the United States has agreed to allow South Korea to possess longer range missiles that could strike all of North Korea Sunday. The restriction has made South Korea's missile capability inferior to that of North Korea, and some military installations in the North have been out of South Korea's missile range.
Under the new agreement, South Korea will also be able to use heavier payloads for missiles with shorter ranges, reported by the Star Tribune.
North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, but some experts do not believe it has yet mastered.

Typhoon Jelawat Injures Dozens as It Heads to Tokyo

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By Gyusung Sim

A powerful typhoon, Jelawat, is headed to Tokyo Sunday after injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital.
The typhoon left 145 people with minor injuries in southern and western Japan. Dozens of trains were halted in coastal areas around Tokyo and many stores inside the capital closed early Sunday as the storm approached, the Huffington Post reported.
Japan's Meteorological Agency warned of torrential rain and strong wind gusts, urging residents to stay indoors. It was expected to hit northern Japan and then move off into the Pacific Ocean early Monday, reported by the USA Today.

Beer Flows as Germany Kicks off Oktoberfest

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By Gyusung Sim

More than six million visitors will swarm the city of Munich in southern Germany for the annual two-week celebration of the world's largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, which opens Saturday.
At first, the Oktoberfest started with a wedding party: Just over 200 years ago, reported by the Star Tribune. Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his royal nupitals, and it became an annual event. Nowadays, everyone knows for its towering mugs of beer, oompah music.
All men wearing traditional Bavarian Lederhosen leather shorts and women in bright costumes. According to the Herald Sun, between about six million revelers, seven million liters of the amber nectar in one of the 35 giant beer tents stretching over 26 hectares.
The festival was originally held in October, but was brought forward by one month to take advantage of better weather. This year's event runs until October 7.

By Gyusung Sim

The hottest music star in these days, Psy from South Korea, becomes more popular day by day all over the world.
His YouTube video of "Gangnam Style" has been viewed more than 100 million views in 51 days, reported by NY Daily News. The biggest rumors around this song concern a meeting with Justin Bieber's manager for collaboration between two singers to Braun purchasing the rights to produce a remake of "Gangnam Style", Forbes reported.
There are only three English words in this song, "Hey, sexy lady." However, the fame of this song is still bursting.

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