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European Union says U.S. spying claims could affect free trade

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on Sunday warned that landmark negotiations with the United States to create a vast free trade zone could be affected if media reports that Washington had bugged EU premises proved true. “There should be no spying between partners. We can’t negotiate a large transatlantic market…

Mike Huckabee: I’m no homophobe, but same-sex marriage like polygamy and prostitution

Fox News host Mike Huckabee lashed out at the U.S. Supreme Court on his show Sunday morning, claiming the justices were “extremist” for their landmark marriage rulings. He falsely claimed that same-sex marriage was “newer than Google or the iPod,” ignoring the fact that the Roman empire didn’t outlaw same-sex…

Sightseeing helicopter makes emergency landing in Hudson River

(Reuters) – A sightseeing helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City on Sunday and all five people aboard were rescued unharmed, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Bell 206 helicopter landed in the river near West 79th Street about noon EDT, police said. The…

Senator Charles Schumer: GOP-led House will pass immigration reform

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday. Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the…

Pope’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks ignite questions about ‘bunga bunga’ scene

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis’s claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See’s walls. The new pope’s private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which…

Egyptians flood streets to demand President Mursi’s resignation

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that opposition leaders hope will number into the millions by evening and persuade Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to resign. Waving national flags, tens of thousands gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, seat of the 2011 uprising against his predecessor…

Gay marriage opponents ask California court to reinstate ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony. Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples…

President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell

President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon. The US leader will fly to Cape Town and then visit the…

More than 80,000 march for gay pride in Mexico City

Clad in colorful costumes — or nothing at all — more than 80,000 people participated in Mexico City’s gay pride march, officials said. Amid the procession of people dressed as butterflies, clowns and Indian warriors, were a dozen floats, including one featuring topless transsexuals dancing. “This is our way to…

United Nations: Revised guidelines on HIV show millions need earlier drug treatment

Nearly 10 million more people infected with the AIDS virus now meet medical standards for receiving HIV drugs, according to revised UN guidelines released on Sunday, which experts say could avert 6.5 million deaths or new infections by 2025. But achieving this goal will be a challenge, as it will…

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