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Judge orders Ohio to list deceased gay man’s partner as ‘husband’

A federal judge ordered the state of Ohio on Tuesday to recognize the marriage of two men who went to another state to marry each other. According to the Associated Press, one of the men has died since the marriage and Judge Timothy Black’s order specified that on his death…

Boston mayor under fire after saying he would ‘blow up’ Detroit

Boston Mayor Tom Menino apologized this week after saying that he would like to go to Detroit and “blow up the place.” In an recent interview with The New York Times, Menino had been asked how he would handle Detroit’s bankruptcy if he were mayor. “I’d blow up the place…

Rubio: Syria situation would be different ‘if I had been in charge’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) offered stern criticism of the Obama administration in an interview with Brett Baier of Fox News saying that if he were president, the situation would be very different now. According to Talking Points Memo, Rubio said that he is skeptical of the efficacy of President Barack…

Putin vows no anti-LGBT discrimination at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday vowed there would be no discrimination against gays at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite a storm of controversy over a new law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors. In an interview with Channel One television, Putin dismissed speculation about the…

Leaked season 3 premier of ‘Homeland’ downloaded more than 200,000 times

An unfinished work-print of the hit Showtime series Homeland appeared online yesterday. According to TorrentFreak, the leaked episode is missing the opening credits and some of the “seamless” CGI effects — buildings in the background, cars on closed roads, and a key element of last season’s finale — have yet…

Al-Jazeera accuses Egypt of jamming signal

Qatari-owned news channel Al-Jazeera has accused Egyptian authorities of jamming the network’s satellite signals, as the broadcaster kept up its critical coverage of Cairo’s crackdown on Islamists. “Independent experts” used by Al-Jazeera have determined where the jamming was coming from, the network said on its website late on Tuesday. The…

Qatar announces its first MERS coronavirus death

A woman has died in Qatar after contracting the MERS coronavirus, becoming the first recorded fatality from the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state, local press reported on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Qatari victim, who already had chronic illnesses, died on August 31, a week after she was admitted to intensive…

Secret U.S. documents reveal Al-Qaeda has anti-drone operation: Washington Post

Al-Qaeda’s leaders have set up cells of engineers to try to shoot down, disable or hijack US drones, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday citing top-secret US intelligence documents. The Al-Qaeda leadership is “hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses against the…

100,000 kilograms of dead fish cleared from polluted Chinese river after ‘chemical discharge’

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country’s battered environment. About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, the capital of the…

British soldier tells inquiry board about unit’s ‘degrading’ abuse of Iraqis

Duncan Aston tells al-Sweady public inquiry how sergeant stamped on head of dead Iraqi after firefight in Iraq in 2004 A British soldier engaged in a fierce gunfight in Iraq described on Wednesday how his colleagues punched and kicked a prisoner and stamped on the head of a dead Iraqi,…

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