Protesters swarm tower
Holding aloft ancient flags and young children, hundreds of thousands of people converged Sunday on the Eiffel Tower in Paris to protest a plan to legalize gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children. The opposition to President Francois Hollande’s plan has underscored divisions among the secular-but-Catholic French, especially more traditional rural areas versus urban enclaves. But while polls show the majority of French still support legalizing gay marriage, that backing gets more lukewarm when children come into play.
Provincial officials sacked
Pakistani leaders dismissed the government of southwest Baluchistan province early Monday in response to the demands of protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there that killed 86 people. In another part of the country, a roadside bomb killed 14 Pakistani soldiers.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Prime minister removed
President Francois Bozize signed a decree Saturday removing Central African Republic’s prime minister, one of the steps called for in a peace deal signed last week with rebels who seized the north of the country. The deal signed with the Seleka rebel movement called on Bozize to dissolve his administration in order to form a national unity government, which will be led by a prime minister chosen by the political opposition.
British schoolgirl killed
A British schoolgirl visiting relatives in a rural village in northern Jamaica was fatally shot when a lone gunman opened fire on a group of family members as they gathered at a roadside shop, officials said Sunday. Imani Green, 8, of Balham in south London, was standing inside a clapboard grocery store and bar with Jamaican relatives Friday evening when a gunman wearing a hoodie shot the child in the head and shoulder before also shooting and wounding three adult members of her family. The roadside business where the shooting occurred is apparently owned by a female relative of the slain girl.
Compiled from wire reports.