Live news updates: April 24

Two women kiss outside the French national assembly on Tuesday, ahead of historic vote to legalise gay marriage. Photo / AFP
Two women kiss outside the French national assembly on Tuesday, ahead of historic vote to legalise gay marriage. Photo / AFP

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