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La Prensa, May 18, 2016

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to Congress to legalize same-sex marriage across the country. Tuesday's announcement, which took place during an event in celebration of the National Day of the Fight Against Homophobia, dominated Mexico's front pages on Wednesday. "Gay Wedding, OK!" was the headline in La Prensa.

Though same-sex marriage is already recognized in Mexico City, as well as in several other Mexican states, it is still banned in 31 states, despite a Surpreme Court ruling last year stating that preventing same-sex couples to get married was unconstitutional.

Mexico would become the fourth Latin America country to legalize same-sex marriage, following Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.


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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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