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First openly gay male soccer player takes the field in Los Angeles

Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay sportsman to play in a major US professional team league when he made his debut for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy in a 4-0 win over Seattle. Los Angeles were already leading the Sounders 4-0 when the 26-year-old Rogers entered the contest in…

U.S. college exam scam leads South Korea to probe ‘cram schools’

South Korean officials on Monday launched a probe into cram schools after a cheating scandal that led to the nationwide cancellation of US college entrance exams earlier this month. The education office in the capital Seoul started the special investigation into a number of private academies suspected of illegally obtaining…

Confronted by little girl, McDonald’s CEO insists: ‘We don’t sell junk food’

Confronted by a 9-year-old girl during a shareholder’s meeting, the CEO of McDonald’s insisted that the company does not sell “junk food” and defended advertising practices that target children with colorful characters. “Something I don’t think is fair is when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that…

Police hunt man who stabbed French soldier in broad daylight

French anti-terrorist police are searching for a man who stabbed a soldier in the neck in a business neighborhood west of Paris before fleeing the scene on Saturday night. The 25-year-old soldier, Private First Class Cedric Cordier, was patrolling in uniform with two other troops in a shopping area adjoining…

Museum exhibit shows ‘Life in the Former European Union’

The year is 2060 and a ramshackle little museum is hosting the first international exhibition ever on “Life in the Former European Union”, a period “when Brussels, not Warsaw, lay at the beating heart of the old continent.” Held in a derelict former boarding school, its rooms fitted with old…

Fake cop scams seniors out of nearly half a million dollars with faux ‘sting operations’

Police in Washington state are searching for a man who they say has scammed seniors out of nearly a half a million dollars by pretending to be a police officer, recruiting unsuspecting victims for faux “sting operations” involving large cash transfers. It begins as a phone scam, police told The…

Rebels wary as Syrian regime indicates willingness to join peace talks

Riven by internal divisions, Syria’s opposition is battling with itself over whether to participate in a US-Russian peace summit, in stark contrast to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which has already indicated it will take part. Forging a united position on the proposed Geneva talks is all the more urgent given…

Georgia man threatens to sue if he can’t tell strangers’ children about Jesus

A Georgia man is threatening to sue the city of Ringgold after he claims his constitutional rights were violated by police last Friday night, when officials asked him to stop bothering strangers’ children about his beliefs in the Christian deity figure Jesus Christ. Cleveland, GA resident Daryl Banther and his…

America’s top Catholic calls for renewed wave of anti-LGBT sentiment

In a bulletin insert delivered to parishioners around the nation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops warned that the Supreme Court could be preparing to affirm marriage equality, and urged an outpouring of anti-LGBT sentiment and sermons to push back against the potential change. “A broad negative ruling could redefine…

Residents flee the ‘Venice of Africa’ as climate change drowns city

Ameth Diagne was asleep when the first waves lapped at his back door, the lukewarm, salty water seeping into his bedroom an impassive portent of the final days of his 650-year-old fishing community. He had kept his two wives and many of his 16 children with him long after the…

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