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Broken-hearted but not broken: New Zealand prays together

Broken-hearted but not broken: New Zealand prays togetherCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain — an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken.



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Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevatorCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.



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Gay couples in Japan join together on Valentine's Day to sue government over same-sex marriage ban

Gay couples in Japan join together on Valentine's Day to sue government over same-sex marriage banThirteen gay couples filed Japan's first lawsuit challenging the country's rejection of same-sex marriage on Valentine's Day, arguing the denial violates their constitutional right to equality. Six couples holding banners saying "Marriage For All Japan" walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo. Plaintiff Kenji Aiba, standing next to his partner Ken Kozumi, told reporters he would "fight this war together with sexual minorities all around Japan." Mr Aiba and Mr Kozumi have held onto a marriage certificate they signed at their wedding party in 2013, anticipating Japan would emulate other advanced nations and legalise same-sex unions. That day has yet to come, and legally they are just friends even though they've lived as a married couple for more than five years. So they decided to act rather than waiting. "Right now we are both in good health and able to work, but what if either of us has an accident or becomes ill? We are not allowed to be each other's guarantors for medical treatment, or to be each other's heir," Mr Kozumi, a 45-year-old office worker, said in a recent interview with his partner Mr Aiba, 40. "Progress in Japan has been too slow." Politician Mizuho Fukushima has spoken out in favour of gay rights in Japan Credit: AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi Ten Japanese municipalities have enacted "partnership" ordinances for same-sex couples to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, among other things, but they are not legally binding. Japanese laws are currently interpreted as allowing marriage only between a man and a woman. In a society where pressure for conformity is strong, many gay people hide their sexuality, fearing prejudice at home, school or work. The obstacles are even higher for transgender people in the highly gender-specific society. The Supreme Court last month upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents. The LGBT equal rights movement has lagged behind in Japan because people who are silently not conforming to conventional notions of sexuality have been so marginalized that the issue hasn't been considered a human rights problem, experts say. "Many people don't even think of a possibility that their neighbors, colleagues or classmates may be sexual minorities," said Mizuho Fukushima, a lawyer-turned-politician and an expert on gender and human rights issues. "And the pressure to follow a conservative family model, in which heterosexual couples are supposed to marry and have children, is still strong." Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ultra-conservative supporters have campaigned to restore a paternalistic society based on heterosexual marriages. The government has restarted moral education class at schools to teach children family values and good deeds. "Whether to allow same-sex marriage is an issue that affects the foundation of how families should be in Japan, which requires an extremely careful examination," Mr Abe said in a statement last year.



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U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab statesBy Lesley Wroughton and Justyna Pawlak WARSAW (Reuters) – A U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday. Foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries were gathering for the conference in Warsaw, which was starting on Wednesday evening and whose agenda included Iran, conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Israeli-Palestinian peace. …



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New Picture Reveals Ultima Thule Is Made of Two Asteroids That Got Stuck Together

New Picture Reveals Ultima Thule Is Made of Two Asteroids That Got Stuck TogetherNew Horizons' latest target has never been more clear.



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New Horizons unveils a new world. Actually, it's 2 worlds smashed together.

New Horizons unveils a new world. Actually, it's 2 worlds smashed together.It's a new, weird world.  The deep space exploration craft New Horizons has sent back the first detailed images of an ancient world floating more than 4 billion miles from Earth, formally known as 2014 MU69. The clearest glimpse yet of MU69 shows that it's shaped like a snowman, with two roundish lobes that have been fused together.  It is by far the most distant world a spacecraft — and by extension humanity — has ever explored. "What this spacecraft and this team accomplished is unprecedented," Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, said from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Wednesday. Image: jhapl/nasaNew Horizons — which previously revealed the majesty of Pluto in 2015 — swooped just 2,200 miles from the surface of MU69, which has been temporarily nicknamed Ultima Thule (the International Association of Astronomers will eventually endow MU69 with its official name). These images, though, are not of that absolute closest approach. Over the coming days and weeks, New Horizons will continue to transmit back more images that will reveal greater detail, and closer views of the object. "So stay tuned," Jeff Moore, the New Horizons geology team lead, said on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Queen rockstar unleashes badass space song about mysterious world of Ultima Thule MU69 is of profound interest to scientists. This world lies in a far-off group of objects, called the Kuiper Belt, that ring the solar system. Temperatures here approach absolute zero (minus 460 degrees Fahrenheit), which is as cold as it gets. Consequently, scientists suspect that these ancient objects have been preserved in relatively pristine condition since the beginnings of the still-forming solar system, some 4 billion years ago.  Seeing MU69, then, is like peering into the solar system's past.  Moore believes MU69 is composed of small icy bodies that are about 4.5 billion years old. Over time, these objects likely coalesced, and eventually two of these objects began to spiral close to one another. One day, they touched. Now, they're stuck together. The formation of MU69.Image: jhapl/nasaViewing MU69 is like looking at some of the "only remaining building blocks of the solar system" said Moore.  And as the New Horizons team suspected, this world is indeed reddish, and likely made up of different ices that have been subjected to space radiation for billions of years. "Now we can definitely say that Ultima Thule is red," said Carly Howett, a New Horizons planetary scientist. A reddish MU69.Image: jhapl/nasaAs the New Horizons team still awaits more detailed images of MU69, New Horizons will continue to journey deeper into space.  Perhaps scientists will spot another faint, distant object, and send New Horizons that way. The craft itself, while now 13 years old, won't hold them back "The spacecraft is in peak health," said Stern.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?  



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'My second family': French protesters band together for Christmas

'My second family': French protesters band together for ChristmasThe protests against President Emmanuel Macron may have eased in the run-up to Christmas, but dozens of demonstrators camped out at roundabouts across France are vowing to keep up the pressure, with no plans to head home for the holidays. Devilled eggs, foie gras and a traditional buche de Noel cake for dessert: “We wouldn’t have all this if we celebrated Christmas at home,” said Xavier, a 44-year-old at a roundabout in Somain, northern France.



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Melania Trump puts together care packages for U.S. troops

Melania Trump puts together care packages for U.S. troopsMelania Trump teams up with Red Cross.



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Grandma And Teen Who Connected By Wrong Text Enjoy Third Thanksgiving Together

Grandma And Teen Who Connected By Wrong Text Enjoy Third Thanksgiving TogetherOne Arizona grandmother's accidental text has turned out to be the gift that



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Pittsburgh comes together to mourn victims, and protesters turn their backs on Trump

Pittsburgh comes together to mourn victims, and protesters turn their backs on TrumpAs the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill began to bury its dead Tuesday from the massacre in the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday, President Trump paid his respects, in a visit few had requested and many opposed. A line stretched far down the block for the funeral of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, one of the 11 killed by a gunman whom police have identified as a 46-year-old man, whose social media posts indicate he was enraged by what he perceived as Jewish support for immigration. Rabinowitz, 66, was known for his compassionate treatment of AIDS victims.



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