The French Senate will debate a controversial bill Thursday that would extend the right to marry and adopt to same-sex couples.
The lower house has already approved the legislation, in the face of large demonstrations from those opposed to the measure.
If it passes the Senate, it would mark the biggest step forward for French gay rights advocates in more than a decade.FULL STORY
Russia's child rights ombudsman slammed Texas prosecutors for deciding not to charge the adoptive parents of a Russian boy who died suddenly in January, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.
The Ector County district attorney's office said Monday that a grand jury declined to indict Laura and Alan Shatto, the adoptive parents of 3-year-old Max Shatto.FULL STORY
Russia's foreign minister said Saturday it was concerned by a Texas coroner's report declaring the death of an adopted boy from the nation as accidental.
The 3-year-old lived in Texas with his adoptive parents.
The announcement of the accidental death came after an autopsy was completed on the boy, Max Shatto.
The foreign ministry said it did not receive the information on cause of death from U.S. officials, but from the media.
Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, the same day a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."
The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.
"I would like to draw your attention to another case of inhuman abuse of a Russian child by U.S. adoptive parents," he said in a statement.
Dolgov claimed the child suffered injuries to his head and legs, as well as to his abdomen and internal organs. The wounds, he said, "could only be caused by strong blows."
A Florida appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law barring gay
men and lesbians from adopting.
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