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Scotland will legalize same sex marriage

Scotland plans to bring forward legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, making it the first part of the UK to do so, the government announced on Wednesday. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the decision as “the right thing to do”, saying the government was “committed to a Scotland that…

International Crisis Group: No sign of North Korea seeking reforms

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un faces no threat to his rule despite the sacking of his military chief, but also shows no sign of seeking reforms or easing confrontation, a leading think-tank said Wednesday. “He could well be around for decades — and with a growing nuclear arsenal,” the International Crisis…

U.S. Olympic shooter misses training camp because ‘my dog ate my ticket’

History-chasing US shooter Kim Rhode has had a rough and lonely build-up to her Olympic bid after flight cancellations forced her to miss her team training camp… before her puppy ate her ticket. Rhode, seeking to become the first American to win individual medals at five Summer Games in a…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un married ‘mystery woman’

North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-un has married, state broadcasters announced late on Wednesday. The statement followed extensive speculation about the identity of a young woman repeatedly pictured with Kim in recent weeks – who had been variously identified as his wife, sister or possibly a married singer he was…

German court wants fugitive activist Paul Watson extradited

A German court Wednesday called for the extradition to Costa Rica of Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, as he had skipped bail and apparently left the country. The higher regional court in Frankfurt said Watson’s lawyer had informed it that he had left Germany “for…

Mystery lady ‘likely North Korea leader’s wife’

A mystery woman who has accompanied North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-Un to recent public events appears to be his wife, South Korea’s top official on cross-border affairs said Wednesday. Unification Minister Yu Woo-Ik said that “in my judgement she appears to be his wife”, in response to a question…

Tony Blair denies praying with George Bush

Former PM said he never prayed with Bush before the invasion of Iraq, but he did pray with the Salvation Army Tony Blair never did pray with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq, he said on Tuesday. “It wouldn’t have been a wrong thing, but it didn’t happen”, he…

WHO launches action plan against ‘hidden epidemic’ of hepatitis

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday measures to fight the “hidden epidemic” of hepatitis which kills more than one million people a year. The virus, which settles in the liver causing inflammation, affects 500 million people worldwide but can go unnoticed for years and even decades, the UN…

UN arms treaty gives too many ‘loopholes’: NGOs

The International Red Cross has joined opponents of a draft arms trade treaty out Tuesday that critics said contains only “ambiguities and loopholes.” Following the release of the first draft, the 193 UN members must now race to agree on a text to regulate the $70 billion a year arms…

Celebrated Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon to head Julian Assange’s legal team

Famous Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon will lead the legal team representing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the whistleblower website announced on Tuesday. Assange is currently at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, seeking political asylum in the Latin American country, after losing his legal battle to avoid extradition…

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