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World News: India Armed Forces head among 13 dead in helicopter crash Updated: 2021-12-09 09:45:08 KST

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13 people were killed on Wednesday in India, when the military helicopter they were travelling in crashed.
Among the dead, the head of the country's armed forces, General Bipin Rawat.
The crash occurred as the helicopter was en route from an air force base to a hillside military college in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Only one of the 14 people on board the military aircraft survived, and is being treated at a hospital.
Also killed in the deadly crash was General Rawat's wife, who was traveling alongside her husband.
Rawat was appointed as India's first Chief of Defense Staff by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, a position that was set up with the aim of integrating the nation's three military services.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

German lawmakers on Wednesday officially elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the new chancellor, putting an end to 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel.

"Mr. Olaf Scholz has achieved the necessary majority of at least 369 votes. Based on article 63, paragraph 2 of the German Constitution he is elected chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany."

The 63-year-old, who previously served as vice chancellor and finance minister during the Merkel administration, was then sworn in as Germany's next chancellor.
And now, Scholz will lead an unprecedented three-way ruling coalition, alongside the pro-spending, environmentalist Greens, and the fiscally more conservative, Free Democrats.

Chileans on Tuesday celebrated as the Congress passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage, a milestone for the conservative South American nation, where the legal battle began a decade ago.
The legalization comes as Chile's Senate and lower house of parliament both voted heavily in favor of the bill on Tuesday, which had only been partially approved in November, before the Senate sent it back to clarify some ambiguities.
President Sebastian Pinera, who has backed the bill is expected to sign it into law soon, as Chile is set to become just one of just over 20 countries worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile,.. LGBTQ rights activists in Japan also celebrated, as they hailed Tokyo's move to introduce a same-sex partnership system.
Under the system, same-sex partners can register their relationship, and gain some of the privileges that are given to married couples.
While it does fall short of a legal marriage, Tokyo's move to adopt the partnership system is being seen as a huge step towards the country possibly legalizing same-sex marriage in the future.
Currently Japan is the only G7 country that does not fully recognize same-sex marriage.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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