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Supreme Court delivers wins for gay marriage movement

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory for gay rights on Wednesday by forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in states where it is legal and paving the way for it in California, the most populous state.

Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision may take weeks

(Reuters) – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted Russian-U.S. wrangle over his fate.

Rudd returns as Aurstralia PM after toppling Gillard

(Reuters) – Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election.

Senate backs border amendment to immigration bill

(Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $46 billion plan to increase federal law enforcement efforts at the U.S. border with Mexico, a move aimed at winning bipartisan passage this week of a comprehensive immigration bill.

Barack Obama pledges to bypass Congress to tackle climate change

Barack Obama has taken an historic step forward in confronting climate change, asserting his power as US president to cut carbon pollution and protect future generations from catastrophic global warming.

Nine die in shoot-out after Rio favela protest

At least nine people were killed on Monday in a shoot-out between Brazilian riot police and suspected drug traffickers after a protest in a favela.

Wendy Davis’s remarkable 11-hour speech to deny passage of abortion bill

At 11.18am on Tuesday, a little-known Texas senator named Wendy Davis stood up and began a passionate speech against a bill that would severely restrict access to abortions in America’s second-largest state.

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