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Support for same-sex marriage at record high in U.S.

Support for same-sex marriage in the United States has hit a record high just days after landmark US Supreme Court rulings on the issue, a poll showed Tuesday. According to a survey published by the USA Today newspaper, 55 percent of participants against 40 percent said they believed same-sex marriages…

Despite opposition, Ireland passes bill to expand abortion access

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – Four lawmakers from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s party came out on Tuesday against a move to legalize abortion under certain conditions but are unlikely to be able to scuttle the measure or threaten his comfortable majority. Kenny’s government is proposing access to abortion…

UN: Abortion rights are under attack in Eastern Europe

Women’s right to abortion is under increasing attack behind the former Iron Curtain, a UN-mandated expert group said Tuesday, amid renewed pressure from Catholic groups and falling birth-rates. “The gap between the eastern part of Europe and the western part of Europe is growing, especially when the issue has to…

Two arrested in Canada over terror bomb plot: police

MONTREAL — Canadian police said Tuesday they had arrested two people “inspired by Al-Qaeda” who allegedly plotted to bomb the provincial legislature in western British Columbia. John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody — who were detained Monday, Canada Day — allegedly planned to use pressure cooker devices on the…

French competition watchdog raids Apple stores

French competition authorities last week raided several stores of US tech giant Apple following a complaint by failed local firm eBizcuss of unfair trade practices, officials said Tuesday. Officials from the Autorite de la Concurrance confirmed the raids but did not say where they took place and how many outlets…

Deaths from prescription painkillers spike in a decade

US women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at an alarming rate, with five times more deaths in 2010 than 1999, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. A total of 6,631 women died from taking pills like Vicodin and Oxycontin in 2010, four times as…

Prosecutors call last witness in Bradley Manning court-martial

By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Court-martial prosecutors called their last witness on Tuesday against the soldier charged with providing a trove of secret material to WikiLeaks in the biggest leak of classified files in U.S. history. Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, faces 21 charges, including espionage,…

German court jails KGB couple for spying during the Cold War

A German court Tuesday jailed a married couple for spying for the Russian secret services for more than 20 years in one of the country’s biggest espionage cases since the Cold War. The pair, identified only by the code names Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, were planted in the former West…

Long John Silver’s packs 3,700 milligrams of sodium into America’s ‘worst’ restaurant meal

WASHINGTON — A batter-laden fried fish dish packs two weeks worth of harmful trans fat in a single serving and was named worst restaurant meal in America Tuesday by a US consumer advocacy group. The Big Catch meal, sold at the fast food chain Long John Silver’s, contains 33 grams…

Sen. Mark Udall’s brother missing in Utah after back-country hike

DENVER (Reuters) – Aerial and ground crews searched the rugged mountains of western Wyoming for the younger brother of U.S. Senator Mark Udall who was overdue from a week-long back-country hike, authorities said on Monday. James “Randy” Udall, 61, was on a solo hike in the Wind River Range mountains…

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