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Protest outside Egypt’s Republican Guard ends in bloodshed

Emotions ran wild on Monday near an elite military base in Cairo outside which at least 51 people were gunned down in a dawn attack on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. As pitched battles raged on Salah Salem, a boulevard where Morsi supporters hurled rocks at a security…

Church of England restarts process to ordain women bishops

The Church of England voted Monday to restart the process that would lead to ordaining women bishops after traditionalists blocked the idea last year, plunging the church into turmoil. The General Synod, the governing body of England’s state church, will consider the draft measures in November with the aim of…

Fox News contributor blames contraception mandate on ‘extraordinary creeping paganism’

Pagans and uppity feminists are responsible for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2012 contraceptive rule, according to Fox News contributor Liz Trotta. In a Sunday speech on Fox News attacking the Affordable Care Act, Trotta described the so-called contraception mandate as a “brazen violation of the separation…

Massive smelly ‘huge deformed penis’ flower blooms in Brussels

A Titan Arum, one of the world’s largest, rarest and smelliest flowers, is in bloom in a Brussels hothouse for the third time in five years in a rare botanical feat for a plant that generally goes years without blooming. Variously known as a “corpse flower” in Indonesia where first…

BP seeks to dismiss ‘feeding frenzy’ of Gulf oil spill claims

BP asked a US appeals court on Monday to scuttle a “feeding frenzy” of “fictitious” compensation claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The British energy giant reached a $7.8 billion settlement last year with thousands of people and businesses hit by the worst environmental disaster in…

Patients searching for health info online face privacy threats: researcher

Patients searching for health-related information on the Internet may find their privacy threatened, said a research letter published in a major US medical journal on Monday. Marco Huesch, a researcher at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, searched for “depression,” “herpes” and “cancer” on various health-related websites and observed…

Al Jazeera employees in Egypt quit over editorial line

Several Al-Jazeera employees in Egypt have resigned because they disagreed with their employer’s editorial line, an official at the Qatari television told AFP on Monday. They did not say how many resigned, but media have reported that seven have left the company. “Several new employees at the Al-Jazeera Mobasher (the…

Daniel Dennett: New Atheism has changed the face of America

The movement known as New Atheism has changed the political landscape of the United States, according to philosopher and prominent non-believer Daniel Dennett. Atheism isn’t a particularly new idea. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus long ago suggested it would be best to ignore all the various gods and goddesses, since…

Ohio Republican slams ‘intentionally intolerant’ same-sex marriage ban

Former Ohio Attorney General and State Auditor Jim Petro on Monday publicly endorsed a campaign to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At a press conference, Petro said the ban was “inspired by vote getting reasons more than anything.” He said it was “bad for Ohio to take a…

Zimmerman’s mixed-martial arts trainer testifies he was ‘physically soft’

A mixed-martial arts (MMA) trainer testified for the defense on Monday that George Zimmerman “didn’t know how to really effectively punch” even though he had trained the former neighborhood watchmen for over a year. “He was just physically soft,” Adam Pollock told the court. “He was an overweight, large man…

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