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Muslim cleric refuses to attend inter-faith conference because Jews will attend

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi boycotted an inter-faith dialogue conference that opened in Doha on Tuesday, rejecting to sit in the meeting also attended by Jewish representatives, a local daily reported. “I decided not to participate so I wouldn’t sit at the same platform alongside Jews who still violate Palestine…

Report: Immigration ‘black hole’ forces hospitals to fly patients home unconscious

Immigration advocates are concerned that the implementation of the Affordable Health Care act will bring with it an increase in “medical repatriation,” the practice of hospitals flying undocumented immigrants to their native countries, often while they are unconscious, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. “It really is a Catch-22 for…

Florida woman accidentally shot in face en route to shooting range

A female passenger in an SUV was shot in the jaw Sunday when a gun inside the vehicle discharged accidentally. According to Miami’s Channel 10 News, the woman was part of a group of people on their way to a shooting range. The Florida Highway Patrol said that the incident…

French lawmakers approve marriage equality bill

French lawmakers on Tuesday extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, making France the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage. The 331 to 225 vote was preceded by months of bitter –and sometimes violent– exchanges on the subject in parliament and in the streets. The National…

Nevada state senator comes out during marriage equality vote

A Nevada state senator announced to his colleagues on Monday evening that he is gay, in comments delivered ahead of a key vote to repeal the state’s ban on same sex marriage. “I’m black. I’m gay,” Sen. Kelvin Atkinson (D) said, in a quote caught by The Las Vegas Sun.…

Drunk Florida man admits shooting up public docks and then poops pants

An Orlando man was recently arrested after he defecated in his own pants while admitting to police that the he shot up a public dock. According to an arrest report published by TCPalm on Tuesday, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired near the…

Greece pulls nude Olympic statutes after Qatar wanted to cover ‘members’ with black cloth

Greece has pulled two ancient statues from an ongoing Olympic Games exhibition in Qatar in a dispute over nudity, a culture ministry source said on Tuesday. “The statues have already returned to Greece,” a culture ministry source told AFP, adding: “Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members…

Boston suspects’ mother says FBI asked about son years ago

The mother of the Boston bombing suspects was called by the FBI years ago to ask if her eldest son had been radicalised, she said in an interview with a British TV station broadcast on Tuesday. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel 4 News that US federal agents had approached her about…

Dutch police release suspect in school shooting threat

Dutch police said Tuesday they had released a former British School pupil arrested in connection with an online threat to carry out a school shooting after ruling him out as a suspect. The threat to “shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can” made on a US-based…

Steubenville football coach renewed for two more years on school board

The Ohio football coach who knew about the gang rape and serial humiliation of a teenage girl by his players but did not report it has had his administrative contract renewed for another two years. According to Atlantic Wire, the Steubenville City Superintendant confirmed Monday that Coach Reno Saccoccia was…

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