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Something To Celebrate: 21 Of The Best LGBT Moments From November 4 - November 10

With so much hate continually aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlight some of the good news we feature.<p>Our Something To Celebrate feature is a round up of the best LGBT moments from the week before.<p>It's a great way …

Archie Comics Joins It Gets Better Project

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Abercrombie and Fitch 'wrongly fired' Muslim over headscarf

<b>US clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker for wearing a headscarf, a judge has ruled.</b><p>Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled the firm violated anti-discrimination laws when it sacked Hani Khan from a Hollister brand shop.<p>Ms Khan was initially allowed to wear a …

US to destroy ivory stocks in effort to stop illegal elephant poaching

The Obama administration said on Monday it would destroy all 6m tons of its stocks of seized ivory – potentially millions in contraband – stepping up efforts to crush an illegal trade that has brought wild elephants to the brink of extinction.<p>The ivory destruction, announced at a White House event …

Almost a quarter of men 'admit to rape in parts of Asia'

<b>Almost a quarter of men surveyed in a UN report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape.</b><p>Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.<p>Ten thousand men from six …

Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts allow gay youth

Families looking for an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America after the group voted to drop its ban on gay youth earlier this year descended on Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to help launch a Christian-based scouting organization.<p>More than 1,200 former Scout officials, parents and youth from 44 …

Syria Developments: Debate In Washington; Assad Speaks To Rose

We're following several stories regarding Syria Sunday, including new comments from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There are also reports that an Islamist group with ties to al-Qaida has seized a town with a large Christian population. Elsewhere, officials in the U.S. and its allies are debating …

Egypt's army attacks suspected Islamic militants in Sinai

Egyptian helicopter gunships and tanks pounded suspected hideouts of Islamic militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, in what officials described as a major new offensive in the insurgent stronghold. Residents who witnessed winding columns of trucks and armoured vehicles pour into the …

White House Intensifies Efforts to Make the Case for Syria Military Strikes

The White House intensified its efforts on Sunday to make the case for why limited strikes against Syria are necessary, with President Obama trying …

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German …

Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

With the skyline of Chicago behind him, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak stands on a rooftop plaza in Boystown, the heart of a predominantly gay community.<p>He's here on a recruiting mission. Minnesota legalized gay marriage just over a month ago, but Illinois' same-sex measure is stalled in its …

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UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

Female genital mutilation: 'Mothers need to say no'

"As a little girl I would go looking for the cutters and ask them when it was my turn," Faduma Ali says. "I thought it was exciting. I wish I had known then what I know now."<p>It's almost eight decades since Faduma underwent female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes known as female circumcision, in …

Syria crisis: No clear winner in Russia-US G20 duel

<b>Both sides have claimed victory in this G20 gladiatorial contest over Syria, but identifying who is on which team is not straightforward.</b><p>So who backed Russia and who backed the United States?<p>According to President Vladimir Putin, the outcome was not a 50/50 split, but a balance of opinion in …

Bangalore Gang Rape: 6 Men Get Life In Jail For Assault Of Law Student

A Indian court delivered a momentous decision in a Bangalore gang rape case Friday when it sentenced six men to life imprisonment for the sexual assault of a 21-year-old law student last year. The court also ordered them to pay a fine of 6,000 rupees (about $91) to the victim for her sustained …

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Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Draws Scrutiny Over Writer's Ties To Syrian Rebel Advocacy Group

NEW YORK -- A Wall Street Journal op-ed cited this week by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has drawn scrutiny for not disclosing writer Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to a Syrian rebel advocacy group.<p>On Thursday, The Daily Caller examined O'Bagy's role as political …

41 Zimbabwe elephants poisoned in worst national case ever

Police arrest six men accused of tapping animal watering holes with cyanide for $120,000 worth of ivory<p>Police in Zimbabwe arrested six men accused of using cyanide to poison elephants on Friday, according to local media reports.<p>Authorities recovered about $120,000 worth of ivory from 17 tusks, the …

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France Will Wait For UN Inspectors' Syria Report Before Deciding On Strike, Hollande Says

ST. PETERSBURG, Sept 6 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande said on Friday France would await the conclusions of U.N. inspectors investigating last month's chemical weapon attack in Syria before deciding on any action.<p>"We shall await the report of the inspectors just as we will await (U.S.) …