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Irish gay marriage vote 'defeat for humanity'

Irish gay marriage vote 'defeat for humanity'

The Irish vote to allow same-sex marriage was a "defeat for humanity", a senior Vatican official has said in the first high-level reaction from the Holy See to last week's landmark referendum.

Taliban claim attack on Kabul guesthouse

Taliban claim attack on Kabul guesthouse

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on a guesthouse in the diplomatic enclave of the Afghan capital that ended after a stand-off with Afghan government forces.

California oil spill takes toll on wildlife

California oil spill takes toll on wildlife

More than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds have been collected dead and alive from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials say.

Queen to unveil EU referendum plan

Queen to unveil EU referendum plan

Britain's Queen Elizabeth will set out the government's plans for a European Union membership referendum as Prime Minister David Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants before then.

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket lands near port

Israeli aircraft have struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip from the air, residents and the Israeli military say, after a rocket that Palestinian militants fired from the enclave landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

Danish DJ kills rabbit live on air

Danish DJ kills rabbit live on air

A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers.

At least 15 killed in US flooding

At least 15 killed in US flooding

Torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including two in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials say.

Cleveland to limit police use of force

Cleveland to limit police use of force

The Cleveland police department in the United States has agreed to train officers to minimise racial bias and the use of excessive force in a deal with the  Department of Justice.

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