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2:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Russia Loses Bid To Deny Benefits To Spouses Of Gay U.N. Staff

Flag of the United Nations
Steve Allen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:04 pm

The United Nations has approved a plan to give family benefits to the spouses of same-sex employees if they are legally married.

Russia had led an effort to derail the plan, which was announced by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in July. But the U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80-43 against Russia's proposal.

There were 37 abstentions, and 33 countries did not vote. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria and China were among the countries that supported Russia.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Will Slow Down Withdrawal Of Troops From Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:14 am

President Obama says the U.S. will slow the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan.

In a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. will maintain about 9,800 troops through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the U.S. force to 5,500 as planned.

The Associated Press adds:

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Reproduction of a letter to the National Commission of Human Rights from criminals, drug dealers, murderers and kidnappers in "El Altiplano," Mexico's highest-security prison.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:13 am

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission is dealing with a new case of alleged violations by federal officials. This complaint, however, comes from the country's most vicious and notorious criminals — more than 100 of them.

Nearly 140 prisoners at Mexico's maximum security prison say they're being housed in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:19 pm

A congressional panel on Tuesday released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

A volunteer fighter with a Shiite militant group known as Jihad Brigades fires his weapon during clashes with Islamic State militants outside Tikrit, Iraq, on Saturday.
AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:01 pm

The U.S. is providing surveillance flights over the besieged Iraqi city of Tikrit, where militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State remain holed up, protected by a defensive network of explosives and snipers.

NPR's Alice Fordman reports that a senior military official from the U.S.-led coalition against the militants, also known as ISIS, says the U.S. has been conducting reconnaissance missions over Tikrit since Saturday.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:39 pm

Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt says she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Tue March 24, 2015

As Night Falls, Officials Call Off Search Operation For German Plane

Family of passengers on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday arrive at Barcelona airport.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:00 am

This post was last updated at 5:35 p.m.

An Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary, crashed in the French Alps today, likely killing all 150 people on board, French officials said. Germanwings said Flight 4U 9525 was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany.

As night fell on the area, French authorities called off the search operations.

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The Two-Way
5:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Report: Israel Spied On U.S. Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:20 pm

Israel spied on talks the U.S. and its allies are having with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Espionage among friends is not exactly new. In fact, the newspaper reported that the White House discovered the operation when U.S. intelligence agencies "spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks."

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The Two-Way
7:51 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Mo'ne Davis Says Player Who Sent Offensive Tweet Deserves Second Chance

Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers a pitch in the fifth inning against Tennessee at the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Mo'ne Davis, the Little League phenom who broke gender barriers last year, is proving that she is a class act off the field, too.

According to ESPN, she has decided to take the high road, after Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman for Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, sent an offensive tweet about her.

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