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Santa Fe’s city attorney: Same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico

Santa Fe officials on Tuesday urged county clerks to provide same-sex couples with marriage licenses, claiming that same-sex marriage was legal in New Mexico. In a legal memo, City Attorney Geno Zamara explained that the state’s definite of marriage was gender-neutral and therefore did not prohibit same-sex marriage. He also…

U.S. investigates Microsoft for bribery in China, Italy and Romania

US authorities are investigating whether Microsoft or its partners bribed officials in China, Italy and Romania to get software contracts, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Microsoft responded to the reports by calling for a full review of the facts. “We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and…

Florida investment adviser charged with selling $8 million of fake Facebook shares

A Florida investment adviser was charged Tuesday with selling $8 million of fake Facebook shares ahead of the social network’s highly anticipated public offering, officials said. The Justice Department said Craig Berkman, 71, was arrested on two separate securities fraud schemes involving Facebook shares. Berkman received a total of at…

Lululemon Athletica recalls too-sheer yoga pants

Lululemon Athletica designs clothes suited to rolling, stretching and other yoga moves. But the company itself took a tumble Tuesday after announcing its yoga pants were too sheer. The Canadian company on Monday recalled its trademark black yoga pants made with a certain batch of luon, a combination of nylon…

Cyprus overwhelmingly reject tax on deposits to fund bailout

Cyprus MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a tax on bank deposits demanded by international lenders as a condition for a bailout deal, with a vote of 36 against, 19 abstentions and none in favour. “The bill has been rejected,” said house speaker Yiannakis Omirou, as thousands of protesters outside the…

U.S. will slash its presence in Iraq by two-thirds this year

The US mission in Iraq — the biggest in the world — will slash its numbers by two-thirds by the end of this year from its peak figure of over 16,000, the American ambassador to Baghdad said. Overall staffing levels at the US’s embassy in Baghdad and its consulates in…

Philippine Supreme Court suspends law requiring free condoms and sex ed

The Philippines’ highest court suspended on Tuesday a controversial birth control law that had met fierce opposition from the powerful Catholic Church. Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court issued a four-month freeze against the law, which requires government health centres to hand out free condoms and schools to teach sex education,…

New film retells story of Soviet hikers meeting mysterious death

A new film by a Hollywood director has revived a mystery of how a group of Soviet hikers met their grisly deaths on a Russian mountainside in unexplained circumstances more than 50 years ago. The film, “The Dyatlov Pass Incident”, loosely retells the true story from 1959 when nine students…

Genocide trial against former dictator begins in Guatemala

A genocide trial started Tuesday against former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who is accused of presiding over one of the bloodiest chapters of his country’s brutal civil war. Judge Jazmin Barrios opened the proceedings despite attempts by the defense team to postpone the trial against the 86-year-old former strongman,…

Marine biologists: Small fish trawling leads to more jellyfish

Marine biologists say they have proof that excessive trawling of small fish species leads to proliferation of jellyfish, a worsening phenomenon whose causes have been unclear. The scientists monitored ecosystems in two ocean zones a thousand kilometres (600 miles) apart, traversed by the same current. One zone was off Namibia,…

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