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Ireland will put marriage equality on the ballot in 2015

Ireland will stage a referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015, officials said Tuesday, in a move already proving divisive in the historically Catholic nation. Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced that proposals which would amend Ireland’s constitution would be voted on in early 2015. “I am very pleased that in response…

‘WEEEEEEEE’: Internet finds endless entertainment in Fox News website troubles

The website of the Fox News Channel on Tuesday briefly warned of a “World Zombie Day” and encouraged visitors to watch “STUFF YO.” The odd headlines quickly stirred up commotion. Users of the social media outlet Twitter, along with several publications, were quick to question whether the site had been…

Alienating big business: Lack of money for conservative Republicans a trend across the country

A clutch of disparate local elections on Tuesday were threatening to turn conventions on their heads across the US and force a revaluation of a Republican national strategy that has alienated big business. In Virginia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was heading for defeat at the hands of his…

‘Anonymous’ pledges more cyber attacks against ‘corrupt’ Philippine government

Some 100 masked members of the hacking group Anonymous Philippines marched on parliament Tuesday, denouncing corruption and pledging more cyber attacks, a week after 30 government websites were paralysed. The hackers — wearing Guy Fawkes masks — faced off with dozens of riot police outside the House of Representatives in…

Gandhi’s spinning wheel up for auction in Britain

A spinning wheel used by Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi when he was in prison in the 1920s is up for auction in Britain on Tuesday. Gandhi used the wheel, called a charkha in Hindi, to make his own clothes while he was imprisoned by the British colonial government of…

North Korea allegedly ‘making progress’ on intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea is making progress on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a first-generation nuclear warhead to the continental United States, a leading US think-tank said Tuesday. The closely followed 38 North website of the Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea Institute argued that ICBM mock-ups seen at recent military parades…

Pasta maker Barilla launches diversity campaign to make up for CEO’s anti-gay remarks

Italian pasta maker Barilla has called in experts to help overhaul its image and promote diversity in its ads after its CEO sparked outrage by saying he would never use gay couples in commercials. American gay rights activist David Mixner and Italian Paralympics cyclist and ex-Formula One driver Alex Zanardi…

Pentagon chief sees opportunity to ‘reform and reshape our entire defense enterprise’

The US military must reshape its role in the face of deep budget cuts while avoiding a turn towards isolationism after a decade of war, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. The security threats facing the United States could not be solved by military power alone and the country “will…

Pope Francis asks bishops: How can the Church help same-sex couples?

The Vatican on Tuesday launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of Pope Francis’s efforts to reform the Catholic Church. A questionnaire has been sent to bishops around the world asking them for detailed information about the “many new situations…

Toronto mayor’s brother calls for police chief to resign over crack video

The brother of Toronto’s embattled Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday called for the city’s police chief to step aside over his handling of a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced last week that investigators have gotten hold of the infamous video as part…

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