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Around the World
EU finance ministers edge toward bank plan - Irish Times
European finance ministers meet this evening in Brussels in an effort to hammer out agreement on bank resolution legislation ahead of tomorrow's summit of EU leaders.
UN diplomat: 10 incidents of chemical use by Syria - Times of Israel
Britain and the United States have notified the United Nations of 10 different incidents of alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a U.N. diplomat said Wednesday.
Jordan's King Abdullah warns of regional conflict over Syria - Reuters
Jordan's King Abdullah said Syria's war could ignite a regional sectarian conflict unless global powers helped to convene peace talks soon, a pan-Arab newspaper reported on Wednesday.
All personnel withdrawn from Russian navy base in Syria - EU Times
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister says all personnel had been evacuated from the navy resupply base in Tartus, Syria, adding that not a single Russian military serviceman remained in the country.
Yaalon: Combat Units 'Likely to Be Called Up Soon' - Arutz Sheva
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon hinted Wednesday that Israel may call up its combat soldiers for a major operation in the near future.
Abbas: We will only negotiate based on 1967 lines - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Al Jazeera Wednesday that the Palestinians would return to the negotiating table only if Israel accepts the vision of two states based on the 1967 borders. His comments came a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in the region in an attempt to revive peace talks.
Netanyahu says Israel will withstand any challenge to its security - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon attended a Golani Brigade war drill on the Golan Heights on Wednesday, and issued stern warnings to potential attackers on the other side of the border of severe consequences that would stem from violations of Israeli sovereignty.
Israeli leaders warn against Syria attacks - AP
Israeli leaders have warned against attacks from Syria while visiting a military drill held near the border with the country in the Golan Heights.
Inside the United States
Perry renews Texas abortion battle with special session - CNN
A day after a filibuster and a raucous crowd in the state Capitol foiled passage of a bill that would have imposed strict new regulations on abortion in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry vowed Wednesday to try again.
Wall St. climbs as GDP data eases fear of Fed pullback - Reuters
Stocks rallied for a second day on Wednesday, recouping some recent losses on reduced concern that the Federal Reserve will begin to withdraw its stimulus in the near future.
National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage - CBS News
The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage.
Supreme Court hands double win to gay-marriage backers - Washington Times
In a banner day for supporters of gay marriage, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal provision that denied benefits to legally married same-sex couples and, in a separate case, cleared the way for California to resume offering marriage licenses to gay couples.
IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions over Same-Sex Marriage - Breitbart
Based on Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, in which the Court majority determined that the Defense of Marriage Act's federal definition of marriage had to incorporate state-based same-sex marriages, Internal Revenue Service regulations could be modified to remove non-profit status for churches across the country.
Barack Obama to cut emissions in vow to save planet - UK Telegraph
Barack Obama today unveiled the most ambitious plan to counter climate change ever put forward by a US president, saying he would not condemn future generations "to a planet that is beyond fixing".
Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens - Washington Examiner
According to Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate's Gang of Eight, criminals will not be legalized under the proposed bipartisan immigration bill.
In Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision, Justices Reach for Equality - National Journal
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court made history by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in the Windsor v. United States case, ruling it unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito were in dissent.
Gay marriage ruling: Supreme Court finds DOMA unconstitutional - LA Times
The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.
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