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15 years in power: RT traces Vladimir Putin's presidential path

Today marks 15 years since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first inauguration. RT looks back at his years as president and all the important …

Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican …

LGBTQI

Finland fires warning shots at 'foreign submarine' near Helsinki

Incident comes amid growing military tensions with neighbouring Russia, months after Sweden mounts unsuccessful hunt for suspected Russian submarine in its waters<p>Finland has fired warning shots at a suspected foreign submarine off the coast of Helsinki in the early hours of Tuesday morning, amid …

Europe

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

Notes<p>Amicus briefs in the same-sex-marriage cases as of April 9. These briefs are filed by groups, individuals and governments that have an interest in the outcome.<p>This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, …

LGBTQI

Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, which is now legal in about three dozen states.<p>But it's also legal in most states to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — LGBT — people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.<p>So in …

LGBTQI

Russia lashes out at Polish ban on Putin bikers

Foreign ministry in Moscow calls border guards’ refusal to admit Night Wolves “blasphemous”<p><b>Russia</b> has lashed out at <b>Poland</b>’s decision to bar entry to a group of Night Wolves bikers who were trying to ride to Berlin to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the Second World War.<p>Alexander …

Russia

Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday …

LGBTQI

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Debate Puts Ohio Man Jim Obergefell in Center

On Tuesday morning, Jim Obergefell will get to sit inside the Supreme Court and hear nine justices question whether states have the right to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.<p>The front-row seat to history isn't lost on the soft-spoken Cincinnati man whose name adorns the docket at the …

LGBTQI

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.<p>In the film titled <i>The President,</i> Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has …

Russia

Former military officials back same-sex marriage

A group of former military officers and Pentagon officials are calling on the Supreme Court to clear the way for nationwide recognition of same-sex marriages, saying the current<p>patchwork of state laws is a threat to national security.<p>The officials say the assortment of laws on the books now is …

LGBTQI

Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex …

Same-sex Marriage

Putin accuses US of supporting separatists in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia's North …

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Gay marriage opponent defends 'sacred institution'

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- It happened on a family rafting trip in North Carolina.<p>David Fowler's daughter went into the bathroom and was taking a long time to come back out. He sent his wife in to investigate and was later told his daughter had begun menstruation.<p>"For me, at the time, it was a relief my …

LGBTQI

US troops in Europe request bigger guns amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine

One of the last American combat units stationed in Europe is asking the government for bigger guns amid rising tensions over Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.<p>The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is requesting that 81 of its 8-wheel-drive Stryker infantry carrier vehicles be equipped with 30-mm. …

Vladimir Putin’s ‘misinformation’ offensive prompts US to deploy its cold war propaganda tools

Pressure grows from Congress to counter slick Russian media that erodes support for Nato<p>Russia’s sprawling propaganda network may have failed to persuade much of the world that Ukraine is run by Nazis, that Crimea was annexed in a popular uprising and/or that Germany is a failed state. But the …

Russia

Gallup poll finds more gay marriages, domestic partnerships than thought

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, a new poll shows that more American adults are believed to be in gay marriages or domestic partnerships than had been previously thought.<p>A Gallup poll released on Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are part of a same-sex …

LGBTQI

Latvia says Russia's military rhetoric is 'alarming' | Reuters

RIGA (Reuters) - A war of words between Russia and the West could degenerate into something worse, with “devastating” consequences, Latvia’s foreign minister said on Friday.<p>Latvia and its neighbors Estonia and Lithuania were all part of the Soviet Union until 1991 and are now members of the …

Russia

Russia to build Jordan’s first $10bn nuclear power plant

The agreement between Russia's state-run Rosatom and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission was signed on Tuesday in Amman. The contract is for the …

Polish general: Russia is trying to wage hybrid warfare in our country

Polish general Stanisław Koziej, the head of the president's National Security Bureau, has told Newsweek how he is concerned Russia could reproduce the tactics that have led to months of deadly conflict in Ukraine in its NATO-member western neighbor.<p>This hybrid war wouldn't come in the form of …

Moscow says new U.S. national security strategy is anti-Russian

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s federal Security Council on Wednesday criticized as “anti-Russian” the new U.S. national security strategy, which lists Moscow’s aggression in its neighboring Ukraine among most pressing threats.<p>The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to …

Russia

Florida coral restoration may take $250 million, and 400 years

Here's the estimated price for restoring two declining coral species found in South Florida and the Caribbean: about $250 million.<p>How long will it take? 400 years or so (assuming all goes smoothly).<p>No one expected it would be easy to restore elkhorn and staghorn corals, the once-abundant, …

Palm Beach County

Puerto Rico Will No Longer Defend Gay Marriage Ban

SAN JUAN, March 20 (Reuters) - The Puerto Rican government will no longer defend a law that bans same-sex couples from marrying and does not recognize the validity of such marriages performed in other jurisdictions, the U.S. commonwealth's attorney general announced on Friday.<p>The announcement …

Homophobic attacks increase in seemingly gay-friendly Brazil

Sheylla Lopes, a 19-year-old transgender woman, was walking down the street, talking on her cellphone when without warning a man came up from behind and slapped her in the face.<p>Lopes says the daytime attack in central Sao Paulo, which knocked her phone to the ground, was relatively minor, something …

Russia warns Denmark its warships could become nuclear targets

Russia tells Denmark not to join Nato missile shield or face becoming a target for Russian missiles<p>Russia has gone on the offensive in the Baltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack.<p>“I don’t think that …

Russia

Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

There are more than two dozen pens at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif., and no vacancy. They're filled with more than a hundred sea lion pups, grouped by health condition.<p>The pups in the first row of pens are swimming in small pools and sliding across the wet concrete.<p>"These guys …

Sea Lions

Putin makes first appearance in 11 days: 'It would be boring without gossip'

Russian president meets Kyrgyz head of state in St Petersburg after disappearing on 5 March amid speculation of ill-health, childbirth and palace coup<p>“It would be boring without gossip.”<p>That pithy aside, delivered with a wry smile, may well be the only explanation the world will ever get from the …

Russia

Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and a Defense Ministry official said nuclear-capable long-range bombers were being sent to the Black Sea peninsula as part of war games.<p>The huge military exercises, in which the Northern Fleet was put on full alert on …

Russia

Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage once more

Probate courts in Alabama's most populous cities stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday, a day after the state's Supreme Court ordered judges to halt allowing such unions.<p>With the state judiciary now caught between a federal judge's order overturning Alabama's …

Russia's opposition: who is left to take on Vladimir Putin?

Three years ago there were several intelligent, charismatic leaders railing against the Kremlin, but prison, exile and death has thinned the dissenting herd<p>With the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Russia’s beleaguered liberal opposition has lost one of its last audible voices. There was a brief period, …

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