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Gay Rights Set For Blockbuster Week In Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is poised to hear two blockbuster cases on gay rights this week, with historic implications for a cause that is advancing politically at lightning speed.

Anti-Gay Marriage Protest Turns Violent In Paris

PARIS (AP) — Paris police used tear gas and batons to fight crowds who pushed their way onto the landmark Champs-Elysees avenue and toward the presidential palace as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Spring Is Just A State Of Mind As Wintry Weather Wallops Much Of Nation

The calendar says one thing, but the snow, slush and ice coating the nation from the Central Rockies through parts of the Midwest and on into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast say something else entirely.

US shale gas to heat British homes within five years

Nearly 2m homes in the UK will be heated by shale gas from the US within five years, under a deal agreed on Monday that is likely to be the first time major exports of the controversial energy source are used in the UK.

Jordan closes main border crossing with Syria

(Reuters) – Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria on Monday after two days of fighting there between Syrian troops and rebel fighters, Jordan’s information minister said.

Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

(Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for talks with President Hamid Karzai, an official said, with both sides hoping to stabilize the country before most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014.

China’s Xi tells Africa he seeks relationship of equals

(Reuters) – China’s new president told Africans on Monday he wanted a relationship of equals that would help the continent develop, responding to concerns that Beijing is only interested in shipping out its raw materials.

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