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Slovak vote on gay rights curbs not binding due to turnout

Slovakia vote on gay rightsA nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out.

In Saturday's vote, Slovaks were asked whether they agree to three points: that marriage can only be called a union between a man and a woman; that same-sex partners must be barred from adopting children; and that it's up to parents to decide whether their children receive sex education.


Ahead of curfew ending, bombs kill 37 in Iraq's capital

Iraq bombingAhead of Baghdad ending a decade-old nightly curfew, bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital Saturday, killing at least 37 people in a stark warning of the dangers still ahead in this country torn by the Islamic State group.

The deadliest bombing happened in the capital's New Baghdad neighborhood, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a street filled with hardware stores and a restaurant, killing 22 people and wounding at least 45, police said.


Islamic State claims U.S. hostage killed in Jordanian airstrike

Kayla MuellerThe Islamic State says U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller was killed in a Jordanian airstrike in Syria, though neither U.S. nor Jordanian officials are confirming the claims.

The terror group's claims of Mueller's death were posted to social media Friday. The posts included photos of a collapsed building in Raqqa, Syria, along with text saying the 26-year-old was inside the building when it was fired upon.

Unlike previous announcements when captives have been killed, IS did not post photos or videos of Mueller to prove her death.


Internet surveillance illegal, British tribunal rules

UK bans internet surveillanceMass Internet surveillance by a British government intelligence agency was ruled illegal Friday by an investigative court.

Britain's Investigative Powers Tribunal (IPT) said access and use of information gathered from the Internet by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) between 2007 and 2014 and shared in bulk with Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the government and military intelligence and security agency, was unlawful.


5 key points about the Canada Supreme Court ruling on doctor-assisted suicide

Canada SCIn a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada voted unanimously on Friday to allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients suffering “grievous and irremediable medical conditions.”

Here are five key points about Friday’s ruling:

1. It’s a total victory for advocates of doctor-assisted suicide. The top court voted 9-0 and the decision was signed by “the Court” rather than individual judges.


Furtive finance of settlements a top Israeli election issue

settlementsIsraeli taxpayer support for an organization fueling investment in West Bank settlements rose by more than $100 million last year, making it a top recipient of money being furtively channeled into politicians' pet projects, according to an Associated Press analysis.

The AP examination of national budget figures found that the settlement building unit of the World Zionist Organization received a bigger funding boost last year than nearly any other government-backed project. The figures provide a rare glimpse behind the smoke screen of bureaucracy that finances one of Israel's most widely condemned practices.


Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on IS

Jordan bombs ISISJordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets on Thursday, state TV said, after the country's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the militants who control large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The military confirmed the airstrikes, but did not provide details. Jordan TV, quoting military officials, reported that the strikes targeted Islamic State positions, but did not say in which country.


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