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Turkey wants NATO on Syrian border, Turkish cameraman freed from Syria, French protest gay marriage, Colbert gets wax sculpture and second Tunisian dies in hunger strike.

Report: Turkey to ask NATO for missiles on Syria border

Turkey will formally ask NATO tomorrow to set up missiles on its border with Syria due to growing concern about spillover from the civil war in its neighbor, a German newspaper reported yesterday. The Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which did not cite its sources, also said that up to 170 German troops could be deployed as part of the mission. Turkey said on Friday it had intensified talks with NATO allies on how to shore up security on its 900-kilometer ( 560-mile ) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory. (Reuters )

Syrian captors free Turkish cameraman after 3 months

A Turkish cameraman captured by Syrian forces while covering fighting in Aleppo in August has been released and will return to Turkey, the delegation that negotiated his freedom with Syrian President Bashar Assad told Turkish media yesterday. Cameraman Cuneyt Unal and reporter Bashar Fahmi - a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin - had been missing since August. They were believed to have been captured by Syrian government forces. Both were working for the U.S.-based Alhurra TV. (AP )

Anti-gay marriage marchers take to French streets

Groups opposing French President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption took to the streets across the country yesterday. Hollande said he would enact his "marriage for everyone" plan within a year of coming to power in May, but vocal opposition from religious leaders, some politicians and parts of rural France has divided the country. Yesterday's protest, called the "March for Everyone," included pro-family and Catholic groups. Several thousand people marched in Paris, carrying signs with slogans such as "One child (equals ) one father + one mother." (AP )

Stephen Colbert joins U.S. presidents at wax museum

Comedian Stephen Colbert is taking his place among U.S. presidents at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington and will be featured in a new media gallery. Colbert visited the museum Friday to unveil a wax figure created to represent him. The museum says Colbert donated his own clothes to dress the figure in a suit, tie, cuff links and lapel pin. Colbert wore an identical outfit. (AP )

2nd Tunisian detainee dies after hunger strike

Mohammed Bakhti, a prominent member of the ultraconservative Muslim Salafi movement, and a suspect in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, died yesterday of complications from a two-month hunger strike, only two days after fellow detainee, Bachir al-Gholi died of a heart attack brought on by his own hunger strike. (AP )