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Gay marriage in the U.S.: Facts

Washington - Gay marriage is now legal in 37 U.S. states and the capital Washington, but it cannot be officiated and is not recognized in 13 other states.

Venezuelan opposition leader transferred from military prison

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities moved a prominent opposition leader from a military prison to a private clinic and eventual house arrest early Saturday, officials and the politician's family said.

Britain's highest court to hear Malaysia massacre case

London - Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain's highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said.

Forest killings put India's 'fake encounters' in spotlight

Tirupati - Kanagarani last saw her husband when he left their village on a mountainside in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to look for work.

Texas executes inmate after restocking lethal injection drug

Washington - The US state of Texas killed its sixth death row inmate of the year, prison officials said, after replenishing a lethal injection drug that some manufacturers have refused to sell for executions.

40 percent of hate crimes in Spain targeted gays

Madrid - Forty percent of the 1,285 hate crimes reported to police across Spain last year targeted gays and lesbians, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Dozens go on trial over Turkey's worst mining disaster

Kayseri - Dozens of suspects, including former top company managers, went on trial Monday over modern Turkey's worst mining disaster that left 301 miners dead in the western town of Soma and exposed major safety shortcomings in the industry.

Turkey opens trial over Soma mining disaster

Soma - Dozens of suspects will stand trial on Monday over the mining disaster last year in the Turkish town of Soma that left 301 miners dead and tarnished the image of the government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Spain jihadists suspected of planning kidnaps, execution: Judge

Madrid - A gang suspected of links to the Islamic State group planned possible kidnappings, an execution and attacks on Jewish shops and public buildings in Spain, an investigating judge said Friday.

Environmental activists risk jail over Istanbul protests

Istanbul - Fifteen Turkish ecological activists could face up to seven-and-a-half years in jail after prosecutors charged them with public order offences over protests against the construction of a mosque in Istanbul last year, judicial sources said Thursday.

Nicaragua rejects gay marriage, adoption

Managua - A new legal definition of what constitutes a family took effect in Nicaragua on Wednesday, drawing ire from gay groups who say it massively impacts their rights.

Turkey frees suspects held over football club attack

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday released two suspects held for almost two days on suspicion of being behind the gun attack on top flight football team Fenerbahce that shocked the game in the country.The pair, named only as Nihat S. and Emre A.

Litvinenko suspect says death was 'accidental suicide'

Moscow - One of the suspects in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko claimed Wednesday that the ex-spy accidentally poisoned himself.

Turkish prosecutor requests acquittal of Dutch reporter

Diyarbakir - A Turkish prosecutor on Wednesday requested the acquittal of a Dutch journalist specialising in Kurdish issues who was accused of spreading "terrorist propaganda" for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Nicaragua prostitutes study law to help others in trouble

Matagalpa - Cony's usual work clothes are tight-fitting outfits that show off her curves as she waits for clients at the bar.

U.S. prosecutors seek death in Muslim college student murders

Washington - A judge in North Carolina ruled Monday that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting his three Muslim neighbors, U.S. media reported.

France to free Rwandan genocide suspect

Paris - France will release a man accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda massacre after the Paris appeal court ruled in his favour on Friday, his lawyer said.

U.S. man exonerated after 30 years on death row

Washington - A man in Alabama who has been on death row for nearly 30 years for murder and robbery charges will be released after his case was dismissed, lawyers said Thursday.

Turkey police raid militants after leftist attacks

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ultra-leftist group in Istanbul, after two deadly shootouts blamed on the militants that sent a wave of fear through the city.

Nervous Istanbul rocked by new deadly shoot-out

Istanbul - Turkish security forces on Wednesday shot dead a female assailant after she and an accomplice sought to attack the Istanbul police headquarters, as the city reeled from its second deadly shoot-out in two days.

Turkey hostage drama ends in deadly shoot-out

Istanbul - A senior Turkish prosecutor and his two hostage-takers were killed when security forces launched an operation to free the official in a bloody end to a six-hour standoff in Istanbul.

Armed leftists take Istanbul prosecutor hostage

Istanbul - An armed leftist group took hostage Tuesday a Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met.

Who killed Kercher? Knox acquittal leaves murder mystery unsolved

Rome - Who killed Meredith Kercher? While Amanda Knox and her ex-lover celebrate their shock acquittal, the grisly case of the British student's murder is far from solved.

Judge looks to build 'new society' in Ukraine rebel bastion

Donetsk - Even as he breaks down in tears, judge Alexander Klyanoshkin admits no regrets about ending a decade on the bench in his government-held hometown in eastern Ukraine to serve in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Donetsk.

Two Albania MPs arrested over murder plot claims

Tirana - Police arrested on Thursday two Albanian lawmakers charged with false statements for alleging that the parliament speaker was plotting the murder of one of them.

Woman who spent 23 years on U.S. death row cleared

Washington - A woman who spent 23 years on death row in the United States over the killing of her young son saw her murder charge dismissed and the case against her closed.

Utah brings back firing squad option for executions

Los Angeles - Utah became the only US state to restore the firing squad as a method of execution on Monday, as its governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on the emotive issue into law.

Russia fines Sakharov rights centre as 'foreign agent'

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday fined the prominent Sakharov Centre, a human rights group seeking to preserve the legacy of a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet-era dissident, for failing to declare itself a "foreign agent".

Spain ruling party ran secret slush fund: judge

Madrid - A judge found Monday that Spain's ruling party ran a secret slush fund for 18 years, reviving a corruption scandal that has embarrassed the government ahead of a general election.

Salvation Army failed to halt child sex abuse: Australian inquiry

Sydney - The Salvation Army failed to protect children from brutal sexual and physical abuse in four of its Australian homes, and instead punished them for complaining, a national inquiry ruled Tuesday.
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