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A Big Week for the Supremes

This has been a busy week for the Supreme Court, which came down with three much-anticipated decisions. The first was the decision on same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges ). As a libertarian, I have absolutely no problem with gay couples enjoying the same legal rights as heterosexual ones. Show More Summary

Hungarian police battle protesters in migrant camp

Police fire tear gas after hundreds of migrants began fighting each other in an overcrowded migrant camp in Debrecen.

US Supreme Court upholds use of disputed execution drug

Judges rule 5-4 that controversial drug midazolam does not violate a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

SCOTUS rules against Oklahoma inmates challenging execution with midazolam

The SCOTUS held today by a vote of 5-4 in Glossip v. Gross, that three Oklahoma inmates awaiting execution failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the use of midazolam as the first drug administered in a three-drug execution cocktail violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and...

Greece on brink of default in debt crisis

With the nation on the brink of default on its international loans, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum and the government announced banks would remain closed

Congress Wants the Pentagon to Empower Taiwan

Claire Chu Security, Asia In the face of China's growing power and aggressiveness, Congress wants the Pentagon to beef up Taiwan's military. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 (H.R. 1735) was passed in the House and the Senate on June 18, and now awaits approval of Senate-made changes. Show More Summary

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades. And while Mozambique's economy remains one of the most dynamic on the continent it is unclear how its main development driver - extractive...Show More Summary

Syriza, Tsipras, Playing with Fire

One of the main purposes of modern governments is to maintain social and economic stability. The degree of uncertainty and uproar that currently characterizes Greece from a social and market standpoint reflects Syriza's despicable job of doing what it was elected to do. Show More Summary

Bringing Peace and Ending Violence for Women and Girls

©Cherry Stoltenberg/HEAL Africa Deep inside the sprawling HEAL Africa Hospital complex in the Eastern Congolese city of Goma is a small ward where women recover from injuries they suffered during complicated births and violent sexual attacks. Show More Summary

Jordan Seeks Buffer Zone to Keep Syrian Islamists at Bay

Jordan would be prepared to send troops into southern Syria to prevent radical Islamists from menacing its frontier.

To Save NATO, Don't Enlarge It

Evan Gottesman Security, Europe "The staying power of NATO’s founding principles is no guarantee that the alliance will endure." U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter embarked on a weeklong European tour on June 21 to reaffirm America’s commitment to the NATO alliance. Show More Summary

Here Are Places Women Can’t Take Their Husband’s Name When They Get Married

In many countries, a woman taking her husband's surname is a breach of local custom, or even illegal

What if Iran nuclear talks fall apart?

The latest deadline in international negotiations will be missed, and the alternatives to no deal are all unappealing

Don't Blink, Greece

The international game of chicken, being played out for the last five years, is reaching its climax. Alexis Tsipras has played a very bad hand extremely well, despite what doomsayers suggest. ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...Show More Summary

U.S. wants to train Syrian rebels - but volunteers are scarce

Main problem has been finding enough Syrian recruits untainted by extremist affiliations or disqualified by physical or other flaws

Denmark’s Liberals Take Office Without Allies

After coalition talks with other right-wing parties collapse, the Danish liberals form a government on their own.

On Al Jazeera: Tunisia pays tribute to resort victims

A new daily segment from our correspondents on the ground, all over the world.

Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands.Show More Summary

Greece: A Nation Divided -- Will Russia Take the Initiative?

The Greek referendum set for July 5, 2015, is about "yes or no to Europe." The nation is divided. One camp for the Euro, for membership of the European Union (EU), and ultimately for Europa; the other one against the Euro, against EU membership and ultimately against Europe. Show More Summary

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