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Coming out in Cameroon leaves gay people at risk and isolated

When Fabrice was brutally outed by his uncle, the young Cameroonian was immediately evicted from his rented room in the port city of Douala. “I had always managed to hide my homosexuality until the day my uncle beat me up in public,” he said, after seeing Fabrice with his gay…

Israel launches air strikes near Syrian capital

Israeli strikes hit a military target outside Damascus on Sunday, the Jewish state’s second reported raid on Syria in three days, with residents saying the attack felt like an earthquake and turned the sky red. A senior Israeli source said the aerial assault took out Iranian weapons destined for the…

Republicans name witnesses for May 8 Benghazi hearing

Republicans pursue probe of Benghazi attacks, name witnesses for hearing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington in October 2012. On Saturday, Issa named three witnesses who will appear at a May 8 hearing on…

Study shows kids eat healthier with shared family diet

Sitting down to the same meals as Mum and Dad found to have a bigger impact on health than class or snacking habits Children who eat the same meals as their parents are far more likely to have healthy diets than those who do not, according to research. Eating the…

‘Orb’ wins 139th Kentucky Derby

Orb powered through on the home stretch to win the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first winner in the first leg of the Triple Crown. Joel Rosario piloted Orb to the victory in the $2 million, 1 1/4-mile race on a muddy…

Malaysia prepares for national election after bitter campaign

Malaysians vote Sunday in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. Voting gets under way at 8:00 am (0000 GMT) with tensions high after a bitter campaign in the multi-ethnic country…

First new U.S. slaughterhouses since 2007 slated for 2013 openings

Americans don’t want to eat horse meat and Congress is trying to forbid its sale and export. Yet for the first time since 2007, new horse slaughterhouses are set to open in the United States. While Europe has been embroiled in a horse meat scandal since January, five new US…

Denmark and Finland latest countries to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status

Denmark and Finland plan to upgrade the status of their respective Palestinian representative offices in Copenhagen and Helsinki to that of an embassy, the Danish foreign ministry said Saturday. “It is with satisfaction that we announce our joint intention to work with the Palestinians to be able to upgrade the…

Yemen separatist quits constitution talks over government ‘plot’

A leader of Yemen’s Southern Movement said on Saturday he was withdrawing from talks to draft a new constitution in protest at a “plot against the southern cause,” he said. In a statement obtained by AFP, Ahmed bin Farid al-Suraimah said he had pulled out of the talks, which began…

U.S. tightens student visa rules after Boston bombing arrests

Boston bombing fallout: US moves to close security gap on student visas (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Dias Kadyrbayev (l.), with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at an unknown location. Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, two college buddies of Tsarnaev from Kazakhstan, were jailed by immigration…

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