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Before US, gay marriage accepted in parts of world

Before US breakthroughs, gay marriage has been accepted by some countries around the world
Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

LONDON - The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal this month to review rulings that overturned bans on same-sex marriage marked a milestone in gay rights in the United States. Around the world, many countries have come to accept such unions as part of the tapestry of everyday life. But there are still pockets of resistance. Here is a look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice:

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Gov. eases New York policy for Ebola quarantine

Governor outlines Ebola policy for New York that revises restrictions for mandatory quarantine
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday.

Cuomo said Sunday night that the health care workers who have had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals if they have no symptoms. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization.

US disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

US expert warns quarantine could cripple fight against Ebola; governors defend tough measures
Frank Eltman, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from travelling to the danger zone.

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine parliamentary vote in major political earthquake
Peter Leonard And Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic's drift away from Russia.

Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko's party will secure a narrow win in the parliamentary election, falling substantially short of an outright majority. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Popular Front followed close behind.

Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on what to do next

Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on the next step in their monthlong street occupation
Jack Chang And Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

HONG KONG - The leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Sunday cancelled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn't properly consulted with the demonstrators before calling the referendum.

Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

Tunisians express hope as they vote for new parliament in Arab Spring democratic transition
Paul Schemm And Bouazza Ben Bouazza, The Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisians expressed tentative hope for the future as they lined up Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.

3 states issue stronger Ebola quarantine

NY, New Jersey, Illinois issue quarantine for travellers with Ebola contact in West Africa
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - New Jersey, New York and Illinois have issued a mandatory quarantine for travellers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.

Officials in all three states say any person travelling from the three hard-hit West African nations who had contact with infected or possibly infected people will be quarantined for 21 days. That includes doctors.

Egypt leader: Foreign hands behind Sinai attack

Egypt's president: Foreign hands behind attack that killed 30 troops in Sinai
Maggie Michael And Maamoun Youssef, The Associated Press

CAIRO - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.

Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder

Ebola-stricken doctor seen as globe-trotting do-gooder driven to join global health fight
Jake Pearson, David B. Caruso And Colleen Long, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Newly released Ebola-free Dallas nurse receives Obama's thanks and a hug at the White House
Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press

BETHESDA, Md. - A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.

Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where she had been since last week, she got hugs from the nation's infectious disease chief, who oversaw her care.

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