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Gay Marriage Legalized Nationwide by U.S. Supreme Court

gay marriage legalizedSame-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half century.

Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority, bringing gay weddings to the 14 states where they were still banned.


Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine', Israel angered

Vatican treaty with PalestineThe Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution.

The treaty, which made official the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine since 2012, angered Israel, which called it "a hasty step (that) damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement".

Israel also said it could have implications on its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican.


Severed head discovered at French gas factory after attack

French gas factory attackA decapitated body covered in Arabic writing was found at a gas factory in southeastern France after an attack Friday, with the severed head posted on the entrance gate, police sources and French media said.

The attacker rammed a car into the premises, triggering an explosion. The assailant survived the blast and was arrested, police said. The identity of the beheaded victim was not clear, but French media said it was a manager of a local transport company, on the site for a delivery.


Kuwait Shia mosque hit by deadly suicide blast

Kuwait bombingAt least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in the Kuwaiti capital.

Dozens of people were injured, with images circulating online of bloodied bodies on the mosque floor amid debris.

The blast hit during Friday prayers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in al-Sawaber, a busy area to the east of Kuwait City. An Islamic State- (IS) affiliated group said it was behind the attack. IS has carried out similar recent attacks in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Yemen.


Gunmen kill at least 27 in attack on Tunisian coastal resort hotels

Tunisia beach attackGunmen armed with Kalashnikovs killed at least 27 people Friday, mostly tourists, in an attack at coastal resort hotels in Tunisia, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

One gunman was killed in a shootout with security forces. Six people were wounded. Witnesses said bodies covered with blood were strewn in the sand alongside beach chairs as the killers opened fire on sunbathers in the resort town of Sousse.


The Military Has a Man Problem

Military womenArmy Specialist Laura Naylor, a Wisconsin native, spent a year in Baghdad with the 32nd Military Police Company in 2003 and 2004. During that time, she—like all of the more than quarter-million women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan—was officially banned from ground combat.

That technicality didn’t slow down Naylor when an IED hit her convoy and it began to take fire from a nearby building. “We had to search this house nearby, thinking they were the ones doing the shooting, and I was the lead person the whole way. I had a flashlight in one hand, a pistol in the other, and I’d kick the door open with my foot, look both ways, give the all clear, go to the next room, do the same thing,” she recounted to me a few years later. “We were interchangeable with the infantry.”


The terrifying truth about air pollution and dimentia

Truth about pollution and dimentia"We should get out of here," says air pollution chemist Eben Cross. At 7 a.m. on this cold November day the wind blows steadily through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Cambridge campus, cutting through our thin jackets. But Cross isn't afraid of the cold. He worries about the air we're breathing—especially considering the six fire trucks directly ahead, idling in the dim morning light.

"We're getting hammered right now," Cross says, shouting over the hum of the engines. He's taken his gloves off to manipulate the display panel on his pollution monitor. The acrid smell of diesel is unmistakable. "Anytime you can smell it, you are in a regime that is very polluted," he says. "In many ways your nose is a better mass spectrometer than any device on the market."


The World is Running Out of Water

world is running out of waterA new report says the world is running out of water as aquifers that hold most of the world's drinkable water empty faster than they can be restored.

The New York Times reports that a new study has found 11 of the world's 37 major aquifers are being emptied faster than they can be refilled by rainstorms, hurricanes, and monsoons. The majority of the aquifers are said to be located in regions that also produce most of the Earth's food, sustaining some 2 billion people.


Apple removes games featuring confederate flags from App Store

Apple AppApple Inc (AAPL.O) has removed several civil war games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store, some game developers said.

The flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have been at the center of debate since a 21-year-old gunman, accused of killing nine black worshippers in last week's South Carolina church shooting, posed with the flag in photos posted online.


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