Saturday, January 17, 2015

US Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Gay Marriage

US Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Gay Marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it would decide whether same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. The court said it would examine and rule on appeals of lower-court rulings that backed bans on such marriages in the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Ten other states also prohibit such unions. The long-awaited decision to rule on one of the country's most divisive social issues came just months after lower-court rulings that struck...

WorldViews: Mysterious ‘Islamic State TV channel’ appears online 

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On Friday, a number of jihadist-linked Twitter accounts began tweeting links to khilafalive.info, a Web site which claims to be an "official website for the supporters of the Islamic State Caliphate." A selection of video and radio channels were hosted on the site, some playing Islamic State propaganda videos and others jihadi nasheeds (a type of Islamic vocal music). Users were able to "chat" with fellow viewers.Read full article >>






Moody's Cuts Russia Debt Rating

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International financial ratings agency Moody's cut Russia's credit rating to one level above junk and warned the country was under review for a further downgrade

Muslims around the world rally against Charlie Hebdo

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One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, an AFP correspondent at the city's main...
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Another Bomb Explodes In Odesa

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Another bomb has exploded in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odesa causing damage to a nearby building but reportedly not resulting in any casualties

Charlie attack raises stakes for Saudi Arabia in flogging case - Daily Times

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Charlie attack raises stakes for Saudi Arabia in flogging case
Daily Times
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's ruling family is coming under pressure from Western countries over its weekly flogging of writer Raif Badawi for “insulting Islam”, but it appears more worried about the risk of offending domestic conservatives if it lets him off.

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Blogger's lashing postponed while recovering from last week's beating - TVNZ

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Blogger's lashing postponed while recovering from last week's beating
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Saudi Arabia has postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from last week's beating have not yet healed, his wife says. The public flogging of Raef Badawi, who is also serving a ...

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Holder Announces Changes to Asset Forfeiture Program - New York Times

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Holder Announces Changes to Asset Forfeiture Program
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced sweeping changes to a federal civil asset forfeiture program that local law enforcement agencies have been able to use to seize property. The asset forfeiture practice has been criticized, ...

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Obama, Cameron show common front against extremism

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US President Barack Obama says the threat of violent extremism has 'metastasized', but insists he does 'not consider it an existential threat'. Duration: 01:22.
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Obama: Europe needs to better integrate Muslim communities

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Europe must do more to better integrate its Muslim communities, and not "simply respond with a hammer," US President Barack Obama said in the wake of last week's terror attacks in France. Duration:...
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Saudi king 'halts flogging of blogger Raif Badawi'

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An internet blogger facing 1,000 lashes for criticising clerics in Saudi Arabia was given new hope last night after the apparent intervention of the king.

Caning of Saudi Blogger Is Delayed Amid Protests

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Saudi Arabia delayed a second round of caning against a writer jailed for criticizing the religious establishment after a video of the first round appeared online and drew international condemnation.
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Saudi Arabia: Woman dragged through street, beheaded for 'murdering ... - Daily News & Analysis

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Saudi Arabia: Woman dragged through street, beheaded for 'murdering ...
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In what could send chills down one's spine, a Burmese woman, who resided in Saudi Arabia, was publicly beheaded in Islam's holy city of Mecca on allegations that she had killed her stepdaughter, reports stated on Saturday. Representational Image dna ...

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Holder puts limits on program that allows police to seize assets - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

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Holder puts limits on program that allows police to seize assets
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WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder's action represents the most sweeping check on police power to ...

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CBS analyst Greg Anthony arrested, faces solicitation charge

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia police say CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony has been arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute....

In new blow, Syrian opposition shuns Russia peace initiative

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BEIRUT (AP) -- A Russian initiative to host peace talks this month between the Syrian government and its opponents appears to be unraveling as prominent Syrian opposition figures shun the prospective negotiations amid deep distrust of Moscow and concerns the talks hold no chance of success....

CBS analyst Greg Anthony arrested, faces solicitation charge - mySanAntonio.com

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CBS analyst Greg Anthony arrested, faces solicitation charge
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FILE - Greg Anthony attends the premiere of 'Winning Time: Reggie Miller VS The New York Knicks' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, in this March 2, 2010 file photo taken in New York. Anthony, a NBA and college basketball broadcaster whose 11-year ...

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Saudi Arabia publicly beheads woman in Mecca - The Express Tribune

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Saudi Arabia publicly beheads woman in Mecca
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The sentence was warranted due to the severity of the crime, says The Saudi Ministry of the Interior. PHOTO: REUTERS. SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabian authorities on Friday beheaded a woman in Mecca with the use of a sword, after being dragged through ...

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US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony' - Mail & Guardian Online

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US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'
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The US has criticised the ICC's preliminary probe into war crimes allegedly committed by Israel in Gaza as "counterproductive to the cause of peace". Nearly 2 200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed during last year's war in Gaza. (Reuters). The United ...

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King orders court rethink over 950 lashes for blogger - The Times (subscription)

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King orders court rethink over 950 lashes for blogger
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A blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes has had his punishment suspended after a direct intervention by the Saudi royal family as the country appeared to bow to international uproar over the case. Raif Badawi, 31, whose installment of 50 lashes due yesterday ...

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Another Bomb Explodes In Odesa

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Another bomb has exploded in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odesa causing damage to a nearby building but reportedly not resulting in any casualties.

Afghan President slams Charlie Hebdo cartoon - RTE.ie

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Afghan President slams Charlie Hebdo cartoon
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the decision by French magazine Charlie Hebdo to show a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on its cover following a deadly attack on its offices. Mr Ghani blasted the cartoon as "an insult to the sacred religion ...
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David Cameron and Barack Obama unite against terrorism - video 

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In Washington, David Cameron announces the creation of a joint group between the US and the UK to counter the rise of domestic violent extremism in the two countries. Obama says greater integration of Muslims into European communities, as well as international co-operation will prevent attacks and defeat terrorist networks. Discussing other global issues, Cameron says Russia will be pressured to resolve the Ukraine crisis diplomatically, but further sanctions will not be placed on IranContinue reading...

Drone footage shows scale of destruction in Donetsk, Ukraine - video 

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Aerial footage purports to show the destruction in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The airport, which is the scene of ongoing fighting, lies in ruins and the bodies of destroyed planes can be seen lying in the snow. The footage is believed to have been taken on Thursday by Army SOS, a citizen collective that raises funds for the Ukrainian military Continue reading...
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Yemen President's Chief of Staff Abducted

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Gunmen abducted the chief of staff to Yemen’s president in the center of the capital, San'a, security officials said, starkly highlighting the unrest plaguing the Arab world’s poorest country.

Nervous Belgium Deploys Troops To Maintain Security

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Authorities in Belgium are deploying troops to maintain security across the country one day after a raid on a suspected Islamist terrorist cell left two suspects dead.

Israeli PM Denounces ICC War Crime Probe of Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again denounced the move by the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into possible war crimes committed against the Palestinians. In a televised speech on Saturday, he called the move "absurd." Netanyahu said the "ultimate folly" of the decision is the democracy of Israel, a world leader in fighting terrorism, is being investigated by the ICC.  He said at the same time "the terrorist criminals of...

'My fight will clear Prince Andrew's name': Harvard Law professor accused alongside royal in 'sex slave' case vows to discredit woman behind the allegations

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Alan Dershowitz was named in court documents by a woman who says she was forced to have sex with friends of U.S. billionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, including the Duke of York.

U.S. Company Signs $1 Billion Deal For Russian Rocket Engines

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A private U.S. space firm, Orbital Sciences, has signed a deal to buy 60 rocket engines from Russia's state-owned Energia producer.

US Denounces ICC War Crime Probe of Israel - Voice of America

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US Denounces ICC War Crime Probe of Israel
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The United States has joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians. U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Friday in a statement "it is a ...
Israel denounces ICC enquiry on war crimes in PalestineThe Hindu
US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'Daily Mail
US condemns ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'Channel News Asia
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Moody's Cuts Russia to Brink of Junk

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Moody’s Investors Service cut its ratings on Russia to the brink of junk territory and signaled a possible further downgrade, citing the effect of plunging oil prices and the free-falling ruble.