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Republicans in knots over gay marriage ahead of supreme court decision

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Republicans face a dilemma amid soaring public support for gay marriage: how to give tacit approval with one hand, but deny legislative approval with the other The Guardian - Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington and Nicky Woolf in Nashua, New Hampshire As the US supreme court prepares to weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Republican presidential contenders insist they have no problem with gay ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments

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Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

Watch Barack Obama’s historic handshake with President Raul Castro

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US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between two Cold War foes Leon Siciliano, and AP, video source APTN The Telegraph With a cordial evening handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a groundbreaking meeting ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Who’s to Blame for California’s Drought?

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The view from where I’m sitting, in San Francisco, is of the small patio in front of the house whose bottom floor my husband and I rent. The New Yorker - By Vauhini Vara Beyond the patio stands a fence hugged by a plant sprouting delicate white-and-purple flowers, and beyond that, there’s a terraced garden where our former landlords planted shrubs ... Read More »

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One morning last week, as Washiqur Rahman, a shy, boyish-looking twenty-six-year-old Bangladeshi, left his house in Dhaka and started walking to the travel agency where he worked, three men set upon him with machetes and hacked him to death. The New Yorker – George Packer * The blows rendered his face unrecognizable. Two of the killers were captured by a ... Read More »

U.S. War on Terror has reportedly killed 1.3 million people in a decade

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Independent U.S. journalist Nir Rosen noted that “the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis are not better off, […] the children who lost their fathers aren’t better off, […] the hundreds and thousands of refugees are not better off” in the wake of a war that has lingered on. Australian National Review – Fourteen years after the United States started an ... Read More »

Republicans Warn World That Obama UN Climate Plan Could be Undone

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he Obama administration’s plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. rsn – By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be negotiated ... Read More »

US Announces Carbon Emission Reduction Targets. We’re Still Working On Ours

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The world’s wealthiest nation – and one of the biggest polluters – has mapped out how it will reduce its carbon emissions. Thom Mitchell reports. New Matilda - Thom Mitchell The United States has formalised the emissions reductions targets they will take to the United Nations Paris climate talks in December this year, committing to an economy-wide reduction of at least ... Read More »