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Dutch government apologizes for discredited transgender law

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS -- The Dutch government made a public apology Saturday for a now discredited and scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their gender on their birth certificate.
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Channel migrant deaths: Smugglers net millions per kilometre

CALAIS, FRANCE -- The price to cross the English Channel varies according to the network of smugglers, between 3,000 and 7,000 euros.
Often, the fee also includes a very short-term tent rental in the windy dunes of northern France and food cooked over fires that sputter in the rain that falls for more than half the month of November in the Calais region.
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Brian Laundrie's parents discovered a handgun was missing when they voluntarily surrendered their firearms to law enforcement the same day they informed authorities that their sonwas missing, according to the family's attorney, Steven Bertolino.
Bertolino's comments come days after a Florida medical examiner confirmed Laundrie, who was the subject of a weekslong manhunt following the disappearance of his fiancée Gabby Petito, died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.
 

U.S. shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loathe to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers.
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At least 2 people dead during first winter storm in U.K.

LONDON -- At least two people have died in the U.K. after the year's first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 160 kph.
The storm, which was named Arwen by the country's Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves.
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Workers' paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak

LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Portugal's new law on working from home makes the European Union country sound like a workers' paradise.
Companies can't attempt to contact their staff outside working hours. They must help staff pay for their home gas, electric and internet bills.
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Japan PM vows to step up defence amid China, North Korea threats

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider "all options," including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defence Force to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea.
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Widow of South Korean dictator issues apology over brutal rule

SEOUL -- The widow of South Korea's last military dictator issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband's brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital on Saturday to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan.
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Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA -- Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people in this week's violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation's increasing links with China.
Australian media reported the bodies were recovered late Friday after riots and protests subsided.
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Macao detains Suncity boss on China gambling charge

Macao police on Saturday detained the head of Macao's biggest casino junket organizer and others after Chinese authorities issued an arrest warrant for them over accusations that they ran an illegal cross-border gambling syndicate.
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Bonnie Pauzé carefully lines up small mason jars full of water on the porch at her farm near Elmvale, Ont. She's collected dozens of them at regular intervals for more than a decade. The water in some is clear, less so in others.
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Bonnie Pauzé carefully lines up small mason jars full of water on the porch at her farm near Elmvale, Ont. She's collected dozens of them at regular intervals for more than a decade. The water in some is clear, less so in others.
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