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The Breakdown: Australia’s Gay-Marriage Vote Is Divisive, Even for Gay-Marriage Backers

The Breakdown: Australia’s Gay-Marriage Vote Is Divisive, Even for Gay-Marriage Backers

A march in support of same-sex marriage in Sydney on Sunday. Polls show that the majority of Australians support legalization.
Iranian Parliament, Facing U.S. Sanctions, Votes to Raise Military Spending

Iranian Parliament, Facing U.S. Sanctions, Votes to Raise Military Spending

Iran’s Parliament in February. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to increase military spending in the face of new United States sanctions.
The Breakdown: Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s No. 2, Can Claim New Zealand Citizenship. Too Bad for Him.

The Breakdown: Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s No. 2, Can Claim New Zealand Citizenship. Too Bad for Him.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Monday. He said he would let the courts decide whether New Zealand citizenship should cost him his seat.
Australian Government Accuses New Zealand of Trying to Undermine It

Australian Government Accuses New Zealand of Trying to Undermine It

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, in June. On Tuesday she accused New Zealand’s main opposition party of trying to “undermine the Australian government.”
Australian Senator Wears Burqa in Parliament to Push for Ban

Australian Senator Wears Burqa in Parliament to Push for Ban

Senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra, the capital, on Thursday. She said that she wanted to draw attention to her party’s push to ban full-face coverings
Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On

Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On

A vigil in Peshawar this month for a transgender Pakistani named Sufaid, who was killed.
The Breakdown: After ‘Brexit,’ Can Western Australia Really Be Thinking of Seceding?

The Breakdown: After ‘Brexit,’ Can Western Australia Really Be Thinking of Seceding?

A worker at an iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia, in March. State lawmakers believe they get an unfairly low share of federal government’s tax revenues.
Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote May Proceed, Court Rules

Australia’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote May Proceed, Court Rules

A rally in support of same-sex marriage last month in Melbourne, Australia.
Far-Right German Party Is Poised to Break Postwar Taboo

Far-Right German Party Is Poised to Break Postwar Taboo

Alice Weidel, right, co-leader of the Alternative for Germany party, at a news conference in Berlin on Monday.
Catalonia Showdown Tests Spanish Leader’s Instinct for Survival

Catalonia Showdown Tests Spanish Leader’s Instinct for Survival

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain in Madrid this month. He is facing a secessionist challenge from Catalonia that could threaten Spanish unity.
Alternative for Germany: Who Are They, and What Do They Want?

Alternative for Germany: Who Are They, and What Do They Want?

A protest in Frankfurt on Sunday against the right-wing Alternative for Germany. The party won 94 out of 709 seats in Parliament.
Catalonia’s Independence Referendum: What’s at Stake?

Catalonia’s Independence Referendum: What’s at Stake?

Demonstrators threw ballot papers in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. The city is the regional capital of Catalonia, which is to hold a referendum on independence this weekend.
Wolfgang Schäuble, Architect of Austerity, Is Out as Germany’s Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schäuble, Architect of Austerity, Is Out as Germany’s Finance Minister
Far-Right Gains Leave Germans Wondering, What Now?

Far-Right Gains Leave Germans Wondering, What Now?

Opponents of the Alternative for Germany protested after the far-right party won nearly 13 percent of the vote in the German federal elections.
The Saturday Profile: The Latest Populist Craze in Britain: An Unabashed Elitist

The Saturday Profile: The Latest Populist Craze in Britain: An Unabashed Elitist

Jacob Rees-Mogg, 48, who takes a hard line on Britain’s departure from the European Union and on abortion, is considered a contender to lead the Conservative Party.
In Trailblazing Tokyo Governor, Japan Meets Its Great Disrupter

In Trailblazing Tokyo Governor, Japan Meets Its Great Disrupter

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, second from right, and Yuriko Koike, center, the governor of Tokyo, were among the leaders who participated in a debate in Tokyo on Saturday.
Spain Asks Catalonia: Did You Declare Independence or Not?

Spain Asks Catalonia: Did You Declare Independence or Not?

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain delivered a statement in Madrid on Wednesday, saying, “It is urgent to put an end to the situation that Catalonia is living.”
In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

The Czech billionaire Andrej Babis in Prague last month. His party, Ano, is topping the polls for parliamentary elections this week.
In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

The Czech billionaire Andrej Babis in Prague last month. His party, Ano, is topping the polls for parliamentary elections this week.