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European council promises to comb U.S. wheat for Monsanto GMO strains

The European Commission said Thursday it has asked EU member states to check imports of wheat from the United States which may be tainted with a genetically modified strain made by US agrochemicals giant Monsanto. The Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said it had informed the 27 member states…

Italian lawmaker promises bill to recognize same sex unions

A lawmaker from Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party said he was submitting a draft bill on Thursday to recognise same-sex unions, a day after France celebrated its first gay wedding. “We are very behind in terms of civil rights in Italy,” the deputy, Giancarlo Galan, told AFP, saying it…

Homeless man bites off Florida man’s ear in sudden attack

A homeless man in Florida was arrested last Thursday and accused of assaulting a complete stranger, biting a portion of the unfortunate man’s ear off in the process. The incident occurred at a grocery store in Immokalee, Florida, according to CBS News. The victim, Rotilio Carranza, claimed he was eating…

Nigerian lawmakers enact same sex marriage ban with penalty of up to 14 years in prison

Nigerian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill to outlaw gay marriage and crack down on gay rights, including criminalising public displays of affection between same-sex couples. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill which provides for jail terms of up to 14 years for gay marriage. A gay rights bill…

El Salvador Denies A Woman’s Right To Life

  So, it looks like El Salvador is going to go ahead and murder-through-neglect a 22-year-old woman who needs an abortion to live. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. The only way this is surprising is if you believe that “pro-life” policies have anything to do with…

Third ricin letter threatens Obama over ‘God-given’ gun rights

The Secret Service on Thursday reportedly intercepted the third in a series of ricin-tainted letters threatening violence over any new gun control measures. Two other letters were received by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday and the Bloomberg-supported Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Sunday. WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst told…

Acne benefits of contraception outweigh blood clot risk: watchdog

An EU medicines watchdog on Thursday endorsed the safety of acne drug Diane-35, also widely used as a contraceptive, despite protests from France, which has suspended its use. The CMDh, which groups EU drug agencies, agreed with a ruling by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) two weeks ago that the…

Tea partier: Way to change Susan Collins’ mind on immigration is to ‘shoot her’

A caller on a tea party-sponsored conference call Wednesday suggested that the way to change Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)’s mind on immigration reform would be to “shoot her.” According to Think Progress, the violent suggestion was not condemned, but met with hoots of laughter by others on the call. Far-right…

Iran amends stoning-for-adultery law to allow judges discretion on type of execution

Iran has amended its internationally condemned law on stoning convicted adulterers to death to allow judges to impose a different form of execution, according to the revision seen by AFP on Thursday. The controversial practice, in which stones are thrown at the partially buried offender, has provoked outcries from human…

Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele sing ‘Epic Church and State Breakup’ in bizarre video

In a bizarre advocacy video published Thursday by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU), comedians Jordan Peele and Jane Lynch sing a 70′s style romance ballad about an “epic church and state breakup,” in what the group’s director called a “clever, amusing way” to reach people.…

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