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Church of Scotland just voted to allow same-sex marriage


The church's decision specifies that clergy who don't wish to preside over same-sex weddings won't be compelled to do so "against their conscience". Campaigners in Scotland have already received requests from gay Church of England worshippers asking to marry in an Anglican church north of the border. Read More »

Church bus crashes in Atlanta area; several injured

Harnering was one of several on a bus carrying students on their way to the airport for a mission trip to Botswana. Images from the site showed the bus had completely overturned by the side of the road and numerous emergency responders had arrived at the scene. Read More »

Arab powers add people, groups with Qatar links to terrorism lists

Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy on Thursday, defying calls from the emirate's Gulf neighbours despite an escalating crisis. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Emir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who played a pivotal role in mediating a compromise in a 2014 diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states, flew to Qatar Wednesday night and met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Read More »

Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead


Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1 , a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957. Read More »

Notre Dame attacker had pledged allegiance to ISIS


France is part of the US-led global coalition fighting ISIS and has carried out air strikes against militants in Syria . The 40-year-old married a local woman in Sweden in 2005 and published a number of university papers on migration, asylum seekers and the treatment of alleged jihadi militants while studying there. Read More »

British police name third attacker from Saturday's rampage in London

His mother was said to have told police past year that he had asked her for money to travel to Rome before he left on his attempted trip to Syria. Cressida Dick, the commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, said on Monday that she wanted more resources to counter the terror threat. Read More »

Accusations Fly After Attacks on Tehran

In a statement, the Revolutionary Guard said that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the actions carried out by the Sunni jihadist group and referenced the recent meeting between Trump and Gulf Arab leaders during which Saudi Arabia called for a tougher stance against Iran. Read More »

Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Twitter hurting cause

Legal challenges to the executive order contend that it amounts to an unconstitutional religious test, something borne from Trump's campaign when he repeatedly called for a Muslim ban . He was considered a contender for a top job in the Justice Department before removing himself from consideration. Trump tweeted about the ban following Saturday's terror attacks in London . Read More »

North Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles


The UN Security Council last Friday unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new targeted sanctions on a handful of North Korean officials and entities, a move Pyongyang said was "mean". The short range missiles flew for some 200 kilometres (124 miles) at an altitude of two kilometres before falling into the Sea of Japan, the ministry added. Read More »

Death toll rises to 13 in Iran twin terror attacks

According to the reports, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed regional Sunni rival Saudi Arabia, a UAE ally. Iranian police said they had arrested five suspects. As Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ouster of the shah. Read More »

US Suspects Russian Hacking Led to Qatar Crisis

He said the "progressive and modern" country believes in diplomacy and promoting peace in the Middle East.
"We are not a superpower here, we are not believing in solving things with confrontation", he said.
Al-Thani insisted his country was combating terror financing and "protecting the world from potential terrorists". Read More »

Trump criticizes London's mayor, again


Iraq was removed from the list of banned countries in the second order and an indefinite halt to entry from Syrian refugees was replaced by a temporary pause. Trump and Khan have traded criticism since before the real estate mogul was elected United States president. To huge applause, Mr Khan told those gathered for the service in Potters Fields Park, near London's City Hall: "As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. Read More »

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh, destroys refugee homes

All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong worldwide airport and the Cox's Bazar airports. Chittagong and Cox's Bazar districts, bordering Myanmar, is also home to refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homeland in northwest Myanmar. Read More »

Activists looking into Ivanka shoe firm go missing

A man investigating abusive working conditions at the Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump-brand shoes has gone missing, and two others have been arrested, according to an advocacy group. Still, labor abuses in China go much deeper that Ivanka Trump brand shoes , applying to numerous household products that USA consumers purchase on a daily basis. Read More »

Syria warns United States coalition over 'escalation', tells it to stop strikes

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told news agencies that "as far as we understand" the pro-regime forces hit on Wednesday "posed no military threat" to coalition troops. "If regime forces had been able to launch an operation for Raqqa they would have done it". He wouldn't indicate how many pro-regime forces made up these groups but US officials have previously said that they numbered in the low hundreds. Read More »

'61 killed' in Al-Shabab attack on Somalia military base


One witness, Abdibasit Hassan, said women were among those beheaded. The exact causalities behind the attack are unclear, but reports said that over 30 are feared dead, while others are believed to be captured by the militants. In January, it said it had killed 50 Kenyan soldiers in an assault on their base in Kolbiyow town in the south of the country. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, says al-Shabaab issued the claim via its Shahada News Agency. Read More »

Brazil court resumes Temer, Rousseff hearing


The results of the 2014 presidential elections are being questioned by the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democrat Party) that allege there were some irregularities in the winning ticket's donations, including suspicion that the Rousseff-Temer campaign received funds from the mega-corruption scheme dubbed Operação Lava Jato (Car Wash Operation). Read More »

Leo Varadkar: Ireland set to have first gay PM

He will be replacing Enna Kenny, who served in the position for six years. The 38-year-old leader will be taking over as the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), later this month when the new session of the parliament begins. In his leadership campaign, "Taking Ireland Forward", Varadkar's fiscally conservative politics took center stage. NY [U.S.], June 3: Leo Varadkar, an openly gay Irish minister of Indian-origin, is widely tipped to become the next prime minister of Ireland, thus giving the ... Read More »

Malaysian flight forced to land over bomb scare

He was quickly overpowered by the crew and other passengers who wrestled him to the floor and tied him up before the plane made an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport. After waiting for almost an hour a half, heavily armed officers took over the plane. The passenger was holding onto a device during the incident which was found to be non-threatening, according to police. Read More »

Trump suggests Iran bears some blame for attacks

Reza Seifollhai, the deputy head of Iran's National Security Council, told state TV late Wednesday that the attackers were Iranians who had joined IS. During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump also called for a harder line against Iran advocating for the isolation of the country which he said had "fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". Read More »

Trump heading to Ohio to talk infrastructure

It will be Trump's first visit to Cincinnati as president, and his first stop in the Queen City since he kicked off his nationwide victory tour at U.S. But shortly after 9 a.m., the White House issued a new schedule that indicated, just like the first two days of " infrastructure week ", there were other things on Trump's mind. Read More »

Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar

Qatar says it intends to take legal action against those responsible. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, traveled from the UAE to Qatar on Wednesday after visiting Saudi Arabia the day before to resolve the crisis. Read More »

Trump Renews Twitter Attack on London's Mayor

The British government stood by an invitation for US President Donald Trump to make a state visit to the United Kingdom as London Mayor Sadiq Khan under attack from the White House said the offer should be scrapped. Khan says that London residents should expect to see an intensified police presence in the wake of the attacks. A weird thing for the mayor to say ... Read More »

Man, 30, arrested in London Bridge terror attack probe


On Tuesday, London police appealed for the public's help in finding French national Xavier Thomas, 45, who has been missing since Saturday's attack. NBC News reported that an American man who was shot in the head by a stray police bullet was expected to survive. Wednesday's announcement comes as United Kingdom authorities face new questions over how one of the London Bridge attackers was let into Britain despite being on a security watch list. Read More »

RNC Rolls out Efforts to Combat Comey Testimony


For several weeks now, we've been updating a timeline of the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and how it overlaps with the election, transition and administration of President Trump . During a January 27 dinner between the two men, Mr Comey wrote that "the president returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6 , and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them". Read More »

Crusaders braced for Lions backlash


Conor Murray, George North , Jonathan Davies and Sean O'Brien will all start for the first time on the 2017 tour as head coach Gatland fields a potent XV to take on the runaway Super Rugby leaders. There are places on the bench for loosehead prop Jack McGrath, back row CJ Stander and fly-half Johnny Sexton, who also featured in the first two matches, starting the win over the Provincial Barbarians and coming off the bench for Dan Biggar in the 35th minute of Wednesday night's loss to the ... Read More »

US condemns attacks that killed 12 in Iran

Iran blamed the Wednesday attacks on Saudi Arabia, though no link has been established. Scott Peterson picks up the story from there. He's a correspondent with The Christian Science Monitor, has traveled many times to Iran. So symbolically, these were very big attacks at the heart of Iran's establishment. PETERSON: Precisely. And of course, that's probably the reason why, you know, they were high on the target list. Read More »

Trump vows to do whatever is necessary to protect US


Trump made the comments on Sunday evening in Washington at a gala for Ford's Theater, the historic theater where president Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865. Trump reacted to the attack on Twitter, saying the United States. would do anything it could to help the UK and that people "must stop being politically correct". Read More »

Parents insist accused leaker not a flight risk


She worked for Pluribus International Corporation at a government facility in Georgia and held top security clearance according to The Guardian . In her spare time , victor lifted weights and taught the occasional yoga class. She wrote in March of her weightlifting abilities: "If my thighs were as big as Beyonce's, I could probably add 60-70 lbs to my back squat". "It took someone young like her to bring it out". Read More »