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US Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders, employees

The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization.

Large quake shakes Indonesia

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Irian Jaya, Indonesia, today the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Autopsy sheds little light on Bobbi Kristina Brown death

Autopsy sheds little light on Bobbi Kristina Brown death

An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown has found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January.

Turkey, US aim for IS-free zone

Turkey, US aim for IS-free zone

Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and providing a safe haven for civilians.

Lord to leave parliament under drugs video cloud

A senior British lord embroiled in a scandal over allegations by a tabloid newspaper that he used cocaine and hired prostitutes says he will not return to Britain's parliament until investigations into his actions have been completed.

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger 'denied right to testify'

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger 'denied right to testify'

The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger from claiming a US prosecutor gave him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by preventing him from testifying at his 2013 racketeering trial, Bulger's lawyer says.

21 killed by wedding gunmen

Armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight, provincial officials said on Monday.

Whitney Houston's daughter dies

Whitney Houston's daughter dies

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in an incident at her suburban Atlanta home, her family said in a statement.

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