A deeply divided Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live.
The court's action rewarded years of legal work by same-sex marriage advocates and marked the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation's jurisprudence.
Marriages began Friday in states that had previously thwarted the efforts of same-sex couples to wed, while some states continued to resist what they said was a judicial order that changed the traditional definition of marriage and sent the country into uncharted territory. As of the court's decision Friday morning, there were 14 states where same-sex couples were not allowed to marry.
By Tom Porter - International Business Times
At least 30 people have been killed after gunmen attacked an African Union military base in Somalia.
The attack on the base in Leego, southern Somalia, has been claimed by Islamist group al-Shabaab, which claims that its fighters have taken control of the base and raised their black flag over it.
The BBC reports that 30 are believed to have been killed, with scores more injured.
The fighting was the heaviest ever around this area. "The al-Shabaab fighters took full control of the base and killed many soldiers," Alinur Mohamed, an village elder from Leego, told AFP.
The base was manned by 100 Burundian soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).
According to BBC, an Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head of Kano's religious police, Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, told the BBC.
The trial was speedily done in secret after a section of the court was burnt down by angry protesters last month.
It is not known if they will appeal against the sentence.
The alleged offence was committed last month at a religious gathering in honour of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa.
A man has been decapitated and several others injured at a factory in France in what President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack
According to BBC, two men drove into the Air Products gas factory near Lyon, officials said, before several explosions were heard.
One of multiple suspects arrested over the attack was investigated by police in 2006 it has emerged.
The dead man was found with Arabic inscriptions on him and an Islamist flag was found near the site.
At a press conference from Brussels, Mr Hollande confirmed that two attackers had targeted the chemicals factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, crashing into it in a car.
At least 27 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the interior ministry.
According to BBC, officials say one gunman has been shot dead and another is being pursued.
Sousse is a popular tourist destination.
Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militants killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis.
The interior ministry told the BBC "a terrorist attack" was ongoing. Officials say six people have been injured in the attack.
A British man on holiday told the BBC that he heard the attack on a neighbouring hotel. From his room, he saw a man with a pistol but did not know whether this was an attacker or a member of the security forces.
According to NY Post, ISIS jihadis are testing out horrific new methods of execution, according to a horrifying video released Tuesday by the terror group that shows the drowning of five prisoners who are locked inside a steel cage and slowly lowered to their deaths in a pool.
The Hollywood-style video shows the accused spies packed into the cage and screaming for their lives as high-definition underwater cameras capture the contraption being submerged.
The heavy cage is then lifted back into the air and the prisoners are seen foaming from their mouths as their lifeless bodies lie inside. One man takes a desperate last gasp for breath.
The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza
An atheist mother in Tennessee says she's been getting threats on social media afterher complaint led to the cancellation of school visits by a preacher nicknamed "Bible Man."
Horace Turner, aka "Bible Man," had been visiting the Coalmont Elementary School in Altamont, Tennessee for years, where he would have "baby Jesus displays, sermons proclaiming that 'Jesus died on the cross for our sins,' bible readings, discussions about the meaning of bible stories, and distributions of religious literature," according to a complaint filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The district has put the "Bible Man" sessions on hold, with one administrator telling WRCB-TV in Chattanooga that he might come back as part of an after-school club activity rather than a school assembly.
But that has apparently angered some parents, and the mother who initiated the complaint told the station she has been getting threats on Facebook as a result. One included the words: "He was an outsider and against the Bible Man coming to our schools, so we threw him a house warming party," along with a picture of a burning home.
Fox News Pundit Calls Pope Francis 'The Most Dangerous Person On The Planet' For Suggesting Climate Change Is Real
The Huffington Post | By Antonia Blumberg
Pope Francis's newly released papal letter on outlining the moral imperative of protecting the environment has upset some Catholics and conservatives who say the pontiff should stay out of the "political realm." But one conservative pundit went a step further by calling the pope "the most dangerous person on the planet."
Pope Francis earned such a title in Fox New pundit Greg Gutfeld's eyes for "seeking strange new respect" from his "adversaries" -- among whom, Gutfeld presumes, are liberals who might disagree with the pontiff's more conservative perspectives on gay marriage, women's ordination and contraception.
The pope opened the leaked draft of the encyclical by saying climate change is the Earth's way of protesting "irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God placed in her."
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