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Mexico Supreme Court continues to allow gay marriage as U.S. deliberates

Mexico SC allows gay marriageAs the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the issue of same-sex marriage, Mexico's high court keeps moving forward on the issue by allowing gay marriages there -- even without officially putting it on the law books.

Currently, laws in most Mexican states do not allow for gay couples to marry, yet members of the LGBT community have been doing just that for years, The New York Times reported Sunday.


Former Vatican ambassador faces child abuse trial

Vatican envoy faces child abuse chargesThe Vatican will try its former envoy to the Dominican Republic on child sex abuse and child pornography charges, it announced Monday.

Wesolowski, 66, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be arrested on allegations of sexual abuse and the first to undergo a trial, which will begin July 11, at the Vatican. He has been under house arrest in the Vatican since September 2014, and could face six to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty. He will be tried by a Vatican criminal court.


Norwegian Insurance Giant Dumps 2 Firms Over West Bank Dealings

KLPA $35 billion Norwegian insurance firm has excluded two cement companies from its investment portfolio over their business in the West Bank.

KLP Kapitalforvaltning made the announcement that it would exclude Germany’s Heidelberg Cement and Mexico’s Cemex in a statement issued Thursday. Both firms have Israeli holdings.


At least 12 dead, tigers on loose in Georgian capital flooding

Georgia floodingAt least 12 people are reported to have died and a number of others were missing following flooding that destroyed enclosures at the zoo in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi, leaving animals including lions and tigers roaming the city.

Some of the animals that escaped — which also include bears and wolves — were captured or killed, and the search for those still on the loose continued Sunday, the news agency reported.

It said that heavy rainfall started late Saturday and turned the Vere, normally a small stream, into a "raging river."


U.S. To Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe

Us to put weapons in E. EuropeIn a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say.

The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals.


Report: Russia, China Crack Snowden Docs

SnowdenUK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China can read files stolen by a US whistleblower, a senior government source has told the BBC.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Russia and China have cracked the encryption of the computer files.

The government source told the BBC the countries "have information" that led to agents being moved but added there was "no evidence" any had been harmed.


Polish prosecutors: US is obstructing CIA prison probe

Piotr KosmatyThe U.S. is hampering Poland's investigation into the secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including the Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday.

Published in December, the summary of the report by the U.S. Senate's Intelligence Committee was redacted and did not mention Poland by name, but other facts in it pointed to the country and a secret CIA prison there from 2002-2003, where terror suspects were submitted to harsh treatment.


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