Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours.

House Republicans raise stakes and propose one-year delay of Obamacare

Republicans on Saturday mapped out a collision course towards the first US government shutdown in 17 years, making fresh demands for Barack Obama‘s heathcare reforms to be postponed that are almost certain to be rejected by Democrats.

Hassan Rouhani greeted with cheers and protests on return to Iran

Hassan Rouhani returned to Tehran from New York on Saturday after his historic phonecall with Barack Obama to a mixture of cheers from supporters and protests from hardliners who threw eggs and shoes at his car.

Pakistan hit by second major earthquake in a week

At least 15 people were killed when a major earthquake hit Pakistan‘s south-west on Saturday, days after another quake in the same region killed 515 people.

Exxon to offer benefits to married same-sex couples

Exxon Mobil Corp. said on Friday that it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the United States starting next week.

Malala Yousafzai honoured at Harvard for humanitarian work

A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University‘s humanitarian of the year.

New Jersey superior court judge orders state to allow same-sex marriage

New Jersey has been ordered to allow same-sex marriages after a judge ruled that its system of civil unions violated the state’s constitution.

NSA employee spied on nine women without detection, internal file shows

A National Security Agency employee was able to secretly intercept the phone calls of nine foreign women for six years without ever being detected by his managers, the agency’s internal watchdog has revealed.

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