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Gaza 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire truce begins

A 12-hour ceasefire entered into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 0500 GMT on Saturday, the 19th day of a conflict that has killed hundreds. Israel and the Islamist movement said they would observe the temporary ceasefire, after US Secretary of State John Kerry was unable…

Alaska Supreme Court says same-sex couples entitled to death benefits

Same-sex couples in Alaska should be eligible to receive death benefits when a partner dies despite a state ban on gay marriage, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday in its second decision in four months to favor granting benefits to gay couples. In ruling that a 1998 amendment to…

Shipwreck excavation may explain 349-year-old mystery of how warship blew itself up

Cotswold Archaeology and local divers hope to solve mystery of how the warship London sank off the Southend coast A major underwater rescue excavation is being mounted this summer by English Heritage to solve a 349-year-old mystery: how warship the London managed to blow itself up without firing a shot…

French mayor ditches anti-gay marriage stance to preside at son’s wedding

Raymond Bardet, mayor of Haute Savoie village of Ville-la-Grande, says he made exception for son, but ‘it won’t happen again’ For mayor Raymond Bardet, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, the question pitted parental love against principle. However, when asked to officiate at the union of his son and another…

First case of ebola death reported in Africa’s most populous city of Lagos

Death marks new and alarming cross-border development in world’s biggest epidemic spreading across three countries A man has died of ebola in Lagos, the first confirmed case of the highly contagious and deadly virus in Africa’s most populous metropolis. Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian civil servant, collapsed on arrival in…

Sigourney Weaver hankering for fifth instalment of Alien saga

The actor has hinted at the possibility of a final outing as Ellen Ripley after reiterating her view that the Alien story is unresolved Although the second half of the Alien ”quadrilogy” is remembered with mixed feelings by fans of the Ridley Scott and James Cameron movies, it seems the story may not quite be over.…

Central American leaders meet Barack Obama to criticize US border policy

Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador say combination of US policies is seriously harming their countries Three Central American leaders met President Obama on Friday to tell him that billions of dollars poured into attempting to prevent migrant children crossing the US border would be better spent addressing the…

Thank you for your service: How one company sues soldiers worldwide

Timothy Dorsey, vice president of USA Discounters, said the company provides credit to service members who would not otherwise qualify and sues only after other attempts to resolve debts have failed. …

Australian researchers pioneer ‘Google Street View’ of galaxies

A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibers is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos — incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies. …

Men with wide faces seen as untrustworthy yet competent

Think quickly now of the most obnoxious man you know — a car salesman, boss, spouse. Does he have a wide face? A new study shows that men with wider faces are seen from two sides: aggressive and deceitful, but also competent and victorious.…

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