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Gay Marriage Supporters Win Supreme Court Victory

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

The 5-to-4 decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes …


Recovery Crew Reach Site of Deadly Alaska Plane Crash, Victims Identified

Recovery crews in Alaska on Friday reached the site of a sightseeing plane crash that killed all nine people on board, and the victims have been tentatively identified.

The pilot of the single-engine turboprop plane that crashed into a cliff face near Ketchikan during a sightseeing tour Thursday was …


'Dangerous, dangerous men': Escaped murderer fatally shot by officer in NY woods, other on run

MALONE, N.Y. – The shooting death of one escaped killer brought new energy to a weeks-long hunt for a second escaped murderer as helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on a wooded area 30 miles from the prison.

"Of course our preference would always be to capture …


Kurds secure Syria's Kobani as Islamic State targets northeast

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish fighters said they had fully secured the town of Kobani near the Turkish border on Saturday and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants, two days after the hardline group launched an incursion with suicide bombers.

Further east, Islamic State pressed another …

Islamic State (ISIS)

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

Seoul (AFP) - South Korea on Saturday said it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus.

A 70-year-old woman who caught Middle East Respiratory Syndrome while visiting an infected relative in a different …


Tunisia beach attack: 80 'propagandist' mosques to be closed

Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid has announced a clampdown on security after an attack on a holiday resort in which 38 people were killed.

He said …


Sri Lankan leader dissolves Parliament, calls August polls

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Parliament loyal to his predecessor and called fresh elections in August in an attempt to consolidate power and carry out his promise of reforms.

Sirisena issued the notice at midnight Friday announcing the election …

Sri Lanka

Today in History for June 27th

Russia's Sochi hit by floods

Armed Forces Day: Public urged to turn out after 'IS plot foiled'

Police have encouraged the public to attend Armed Forces Day events as normal after reports Islamic State had planned to target a London parade.

IS had plotted to detonate a pressure cooker bomb at a parade in Merton, south London, according to the Sun.

But the newspaper claimed an IS leader in Syria …

David Cameron

Sri Lanka leader dissolves parliament, seeking fresh mandate for reforms

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament on Friday, a government spokesman said, in an effort to consolidate power and push through political reforms.

Two government officials told Reuters elections will be held to elect a new parliament on Aug. 17.

President Maithripala …

Sri Lanka

Tourists exiting Tunisia after deadly attacks

Tourists are now leaving out of Tunisia after a gunmen opened fire at a beach resort killing dozens. CNN's Phil Black reports.


Slacking Chinese officials to face demotion or dismissal: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Underperforming Chinese officials will face demotion or lose their jobs, under new rules announced by the country's elite Politburo, state media said on Saturday.

Officials who break Communist Party rules, or are found to be corrupt, irresponsible or incompetent face …


Smoke Forces Passengers to Evacuate Plane in Houston

Passengers had to evacuate a Southwest flight in Houston on Friday night when passengers and crew noticed smoke and a strange smell.

The Memphis-bound plane had just boarded when a "smoke smell was identified in the cabin," a Southwest spokeswoman said.

Passenger Adam Clemons said he detected smoke …


China proceeds with building artificial islands on reefs claimed by Philippines

China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said, despite Beijing’s pronouncement that some work would end soon.

Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan Islands, …


Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal: France

VIENNA (Reuters) - An accord to curb Iran's nuclear program remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France's foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna, just days before the June 30 deadline for a deal.

Laurent Fabius spoke to reporters upon arrival in the Austrian capital after …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Kuwait mourns after deadly Shia mosque attack

Kuwait is observing a day of mourning after 27 people died in an attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers.

Another 227 people were wounded in the Imam Sadiq Mosque in the capital Kuwait City. Images circulating online show bodies on the floor amid debris.

An Islamic State-affiliated group said …

Middle East

Authorities identify 9 victims in deadly Alaska plane crash

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recovery crew on Friday reached a remote site in southeast Alaska where a sightseeing plane crashed, killing all nine people aboard.

Chris John of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said the aircraft was sitting at a steep angle and three members from his organization had …


Most of 38 killed in beach massacre were British, says Tunisian Prime Minister

Habbib Essid, says UK tourists account for majority of victims in the beach terrorist attack, other victims include Belgians and Germans as Islamic State claims responsibility

• Tunisia attack: gunmen storm tourist beach hotel, with further attacks in France and Kuwait - latest

The majority of …

United Kingdom

Lebanon’s immigrant domestic workers fight for rights

Middle East

Video shows Philadelphia transit policeman push black man with baby

(Reuters) - Philadelphia transit police on Friday released a video showing an officer push by the throat an African-American man who was holding his toddler daughter, after he allegedly evaded a train fare of $2.25.

The incident comes amid a national outcry over police violence against minorities …


Thousands march in Honduras to demand resignation of president

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Thousands of angry, torch-bearing Hondurans marched on Friday to call for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez and demand an independent probe into one of the worst corruption scandals in the country's history.

Some 25,000 protesters chanted slogans against Hernandez …


Tunisia beach attack: 80 'propagandist' mosques to be closed

Tunisia will shut down about 80 mosques accused of inciting violence, Prime Minister Habib Essid has said, after a beach attack that left 39 people dead.

The mosques, which operate outside state control, are spreading "venom" and will close within a week, he said.

On Friday a gunman opened fire on …


Fox News Reporting: Christians find refuge from terror in Jordan

When America leads from behind, who meets our enemies head on? Jordan’s King Abdullah known widely as “The Warrior King” has given Fox News Reporting unprecedented access to his life and country as he fights two wars at once. But the picture he paints of the region and it’s future is a tragic one. …

Foreign Policy

'Hate Won't Win' campaign grabs attention from Obama

Granddaughter of Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., who died in the church shooting in Charleston, started a campaign to spread love instead of hate.


Syrian rescue organi​​sation ​​appeals to UN Security Council over barrel bombs

The head of a Syrian rescue organisation appealed to the UN Security Council on Friday to stop indiscriminate barrel bomb attacks he says have escalated dramatically and are mainly killing civilians.

Syrian Civil Defense searches for survivors but more often finds bodies in the rubble left by what …


In tense talks, EU leaders agree on plan to confront migrant crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Fractious European leaders argued into the early hours on Friday over how to handle over a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, agreeing a plan to share out the care of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.

Determined not to be dragged …

News (Europe)

In Pakistan, Heat Waves and the Holy Month Don’t Mix

KARACHI, Pakistan — WHEN I go to buy my drinking water, I don’t ask for water. I ask for Nestlé. Then I drive home with five 20-liter plastic bottles and make sure that we make every cup of tea, and all our ice, from this water. Like other people in this city, I believe the tap water is poisonous. …


Obama’s previous public statements on race

Barack Obama has seldom addressed race directly during his two terms in office, but his eulogy on Friday for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people murdered in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was highly anticipated as an integral part of his public record on race.