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As U.S. Support For Same-Sex Marriage Rises, Activists Go Global

U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.
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Militants Push Ahead With Vote, Despite Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Sunday separatists in eastern Ukraine will hold their own parliamentary election, which Ukrainian officials call illegal. Meanwhile, a supposed cease-fire in the region appears to exist in name only.
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Sweden Recognizes Palestine, Drawing Sharp Israeli Criticism

Israel's foreign minister says diplomacy is "more complicated than ... furniture from Ikea." His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs "a partner ... [and] a manual."
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So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.
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The Place Where Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal

The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.
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Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.
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Palestinians Condemn Closure Of Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem

Israel closed the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews, following an assassination attempt against a Jewish activist who wants Jews to be able to pray at the site. The site will be open Friday.
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Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

Angered at an impending vote to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-old rule, protesters also reportedly set fire to the ruling party's headquarters in the capital, Ouagadougou.
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Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.
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Thief In Canada Tries To Make His Getaway In Red Canoe

In Nova Scotia a burglar tried to get away in a canoe. Cops watched from both sides of the harbor until the culprit paddled into a park and tried to run off into the woods. The stolen item: a sword.

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