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The UN has stopped an attempt by Russia to stop General Assembly giving staff in same-sex marriages benefits.

Russia fails to stop UN staff benefits for same-sex couples

The change was proposed by the UN Secretary General last summer

The father of a bride wears a rainbow flag during the wedding ceremony at the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 8, 2013. 130 gay couples are getting married in the first massive wedding ceremony since the first gay marriage in Rio de Janeiro in 2011.

Russia calls on UN to block benefits for married gay staff

Around 43,000 people benefit from the policy introduced last summer

Former head of the British National Party Nick Griffin takes part in the International Russian Conservative Forum in Saint-Petersburg on March 22, 2015. Representatives of about a dozen far-right groups from across Europe gathered in Russia for a pro-Kremlin conference as concern swirls over Moscow's alleged attempts to court extremists on the continent. About 150 members of Russian nationalist and right-wing European parties -- including Greece's Golden Dawn and Germany's National Democratic Party -- met in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg to berate the West for its stance on the Ukraine conflict and to promote 'traditional values'.

Ex-BNP leader Nick Griffin tells right-wing conference Russia will save Europe

Griffin spoke at the International Russian Conservative Forum last weekend

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Lima and Hong Kong claim the top spots – but there’s disappointment for London and New York

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) pictured shaking hands with Libyan leader Colonel Moamer Kadhafi on 25 March 2004.

Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

A new tomb has just gone up in that graveyard of US and British political reputations

John Kerry, on Saturday, at end of the Lausanne talks

Iran nuclear talks: US Secretary of State John Kerry hails 'substantial progress'

Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany are worried about the potential for the programme to be used for military purposes

Tap water fills a glass on February 26, 2014 in the French southern city of Marseille.

World could face water 40 per cent shortfall in just 15 years, UN report warns

The report has urged politicians to take action or face the consequences

Mona Eltahawy's first book – Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, comes out in the UK in May

Mona Eltahawy: It's time to stop treating women like a cheap bargaining chip

The award-winning writer and activist on how reporting from Cairo and Saudi Arabia fired her up to call for a sexual revolution

International Women's Day: Gender pay gap will not close for 70 years if trends continue, UN says

Mothers are affected by a further pay gap, a report has revealed

Australians Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan (right), the two ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug ring, pictured being escorted out of court in 2006. 14 February 2006. The Indonesian court issued death sentences for Australian's Chan and Sukumaran, who were convicted of leading a drug ring which exported heroin to Australia through the resort island of Bali.

Indonesia execution of two Australian prisoners 'may be delayed by a week'

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were convicted of drug smuggling as part of the 'Bali Nine' back in 2005

Members of jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front, which the West opposes

Senior Jabhat al-Nusra commander Abu Hammam al-Shami 'killed in Syria air strike'

Leaders of the front claim that al-Shami was killed during a meeting with other Jabhat al-Nusra commanders

The Israeli Prime Minister spoke at US Congress on Tuesday

Benjamin Netanyahu speech to Congress: Isaac Herzog claims PM has sidelined Israel in Iran nuclear talks

'Israeli citizens can be very pleased with the applause at the moment, but for the long term, Israel is out of the picture,' said the opposition leader

Iranian organisations are holding a Holocaust cartoon contest in protest against depictions of the Prophet Mohamed in Charlie Hebdo

Israel calls on UN to condemn Iranian 'Holocaust denial' competition

The organisers say the contest is in response cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed published in Charlie Hebdo

MPs from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and ruling AK Party (R) scuffle

Second punch-up in a week between MPs in Turkish parliament

Politicians fought each other over a controversial new security law

A Catholic man prays during the Ash Wednesday ceremony at Roh Kudus Church on March 5, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Lent: Muslims stand in solidarity with Christians by tweeting what they will give up until Easter

Followers of the campaign have been using #Muslims4Lent

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