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Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law

(Reuters) – Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, presenting the possibility of a major change in a few months in gay marriage law.

Boeing 787 faces new risk: limits on extended range: sources

(Reuters) – As Boeing works to regain permission for its 787 Dreamliner to resume flights, the company faces what could be a costly new challenge: a temporary ban on some of the long-distance, trans-ocean journeys that the jet was intended to fly.

Cyprus to limit cash, credit-card use abroad

(Reuters) – Cyprus is set to restrict the flow of cash from the island and may curb the use of Cypriot credit cards abroad as it tries to avert a run on itsbanks after agreeing a tough rescue package with international lenders.

North Korea to cut all channels with South

(Reuters) – Reclusive North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with the South because war could break out at “any moment”, it said on Wednesday, days of after warning the United States and South Korea of nuclear attack.

Anti-drones activists plan month of protest over Obama’s ‘kill’ policy

Military bases, universities and companies involved in Barack Obama‘sdrones programme are to be targeted in a month-long series of protests by activists keen to build on the renewed public focus over the president’s controversial policy.

Rebuff of missile request helps Assad – Syria opposition leader

(Reuters) – The refusal of international powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday

Berlin Wall section removed despite protests

Construction workers backed by German police have removed a section of the Berlin Wall to make way for a building project, despite calls for the historic site to be preserved.

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