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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases

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US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage.

Members of a Palestinian family break their fast with the "Iftar" meal during the holy month of Ramadan at a United Nations school, where hundreds of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

For Muslims In Gaza, end of Ramadan marred by fighting

The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

Hank Johnson displays his Glock handgun, inside his home in Springboro, Ohio. D.C. lawmakers had hoped to maintain a ban on carrying handguns in public, but a district court last week overturned it.

Judges overturns DC ban on handguns in public

A district court judge says the law that prohibited people from carrying handguns outside their homes violates the Second Amendment.

US: Satellite images show Russian rockets hitting Ukraine

The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.

The long history of the Gaza tunnels

Alexander the Great complained about the tunnels under Gaza during his siege of the area in 332 BC. They are still an issue today as the Israelis and Palestinians slug it out.

Ukraine: Fighting near MH17 crash site thwarts investigators

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine, says government forces appear to be gaining ground against rebels who control the wreckage site.

Netanyahu: Hamas violating its own cease-fire

A proposed 24-hour extension to Saturday's humanitarian cease-fire didn't last past Sunday morning. Hamas, which rejected that truce, says it is now willing to accept a new cease-fire.

Libyan conflict rages after US shuts embassy

Fighting in the country's east has killed at least 38 people since the U.S. on Saturday temporarily closed its embassy in the capital, citing security concerns.

Hamas fires rockets on Israel, ending 12-hour lull

Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

The Israeli military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time.

Israeli media: Security cabinet rejects Kerry truce proposal

The worst round of cross-border fighting in more than five years has killed 828 Palestinians and wounded more than 5,200, according to Palestinian health officials.

Australia sending 190 police to secure MH17 wreckage

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

US: Russia-based artillery targeting Ukrainian troops

The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.

Central American Presidents say US shares responsibility for migration crisis

The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala also called for more aggressive cooperation with the U.S. to curb the violence and poverty they say is driving child migrants to the U.S.

Despite Mideast turmoil, more French Jews are moving to Israel

Anti-Semitism in France and across Europe is fueling emigration, Jews say. One father whose son is leaving says, "France is no longer the beautiful country it was."

U.S. database glitch delays passport, visa processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.