World Topics

Jun 2, 2015

Muslims find peace in New York hamlet

Just beyond the gated entrance to the tiny Catskills community of Holy Islamberg, population 200, cows graze and ducks glide on a tranquil pond. Modest houses of wood and cinder block sit along the hamlet’s single thoroughfare, a rutted dirt road without traffic signs. ...

Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

May 24, 2015

Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how ...

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

May 23, 2015

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still under way. Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, ...

May 22, 2015

Indiana approves first U.S. needle-exchange program

The central state of Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. State health Commissioner ...

End ban on U.S. Boy Scout leaders, BSA chief urges

May 22, 2015

End ban on U.S. Boy Scout leaders, BSA chief urges

The head of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the organization’s ban on gay adult scout leaders, describing the policy as unsustainable in a fast-moving climate of social change. Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, national president of ...

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

May 16, 2015

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

An alliance of Asian-American groups Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for ...

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

May 13, 2015

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America’s most marginal neighborhoods. For the 200 or so battered souls lining up outside the aging street-corner edifice housing the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene, however, this one will seem neither ...