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Thai legislature passes same-sex marriage law
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Thai legislature passes same-sex marriage law

More news - Recent news Thai lawmakers voted to pass a marriage equality bill on Tuesday, a move that puts the country on track to become the first in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Thailand's Senate passed the bill on Tuesday afternoon, nearly three months after it passed the House of Representatives. The legislation would come into force after being considered by a Senate committee and the Constitutional Court and receiving royal assent from the king, a formality widely expected to be granted. The bill's passage highlights Thailand's status as a relative haven for gay couples in Asia. Only Taiwan and Nepal have legalized same-sex marriage. Last year, just as India neared the finish line, the Supreme Court sent the decision back to Parliament. In some Asian countri...
William H. Donaldson, the Lion of Wall Street who led the SEC, dies at 93
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William H. Donaldson, the Lion of Wall Street who led the SEC, dies at 93

More news - News 24 hours William H. Donaldson, who made an early fortune as co-founder of the innovative securities firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and later pushed for tougher financial regulation as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom accounting scandals , died Wednesday at his home in Westchester County, New York, at the age of 93. The cause was leukemia, his son Adam said. Mr. Donaldson also briefly served as undersecretary of state under Henry A. Kissinger, ran the New York Stock Exchange and was chief executive of the insurance company Aetna Inc. In 1975, he was named the founding dean of Yale University's School of Organization and Management, now known as the School of Management, whose mission to train leaders for both...
Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge
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Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge

Related media - Breaking news Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened further military action against Hezbollah in Lebanon on Wednesday, amid growing talk of another full-scale war, even as Israel battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Two days after Hezbollah militants fired a barrage of rockets and explosive drones from Lebanon into northern Israel, setting off several fires, Netanyahu visited soldiers and firefighters in the area and said the Israeli army was ready to strike . “Whoever thinks they can harm us and that we will respond by sitting on our hands is making a big mistake,” he said, according to the Israeli government. “We are prepared for very intense action in the north. One way or another we will restore security in the north." Other Israeli officials have threa...
BTS’s Jin completes military service
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BTS’s Jin completes military service

More news - Breaking news K-pop juggernaut BTS is one step closer to a reunion. The first member of the boy band to enlist in South Korea's army, Jin, 31, was discharged Wednesday morning, BTS' label said. Over the next year, his bandmates are expected to complete their military service, which is required of nearly all South Korean men. BTS shocked their own army – as the seven-member group's fervent following is collectively known – in June 2022 when they said they would take time off to enlist. Jin, the group's oldest member, whose birth name is Kim Seok-jin, began his 18-month stint in the army that December. His enlistment came after a long public debate over whether BTS should get an exemption from the draft, as Olympic medalists and some classical musicians do. However, the ...
Modi in India, humiliated by voters, faces serious economic difficulties
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Modi in India, humiliated by voters, faces serious economic difficulties

Related media - Breaking news The humiliation of Modi's party resonates in part as an expression of popular frustration that India remains a land of economic peril for hundreds of millions of people, as well as a country characterized by startling contrasts in wealth. In big cities, five-star hotels boasting luxurious spas look down on teeming, toilet-free slums. In rural areas, malnutrition prevails under many roofs and families struggle to find the money to send their children to school. Even though its working-age population numbers about a billion, India has only 430 million jobs, according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, an independent research institute based in Mumbai. And most of those considered employed are stuck in precarious circumstances as day laborers a...
FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder
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FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

More news - News 24 hours What is the framework for approval? In 2017, the FDA granted “breakthrough” status to MDMA-assisted therapy. Status, the recognition of a drug's therapeutic promise, aims to shorten regulatory times. The original application was sponsored by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which earlier this year created a for-profit entity, Lykos Therapeutics, to commercialize MDMA if it gained approval. FDA approval. The request presents an unusual challenge for the FDA, which typically does not regulate drug treatments associated with talk therapy, an essential part of Lykos' regimen for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. On June 4, an expert advisory panel will review Lykos' clinical data, along with public comments and staff ...
Crisis in the Middle East: Blinken defines some Hamas changes to the ceasefire proposal as “unacceptable”.
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Crisis in the Middle East: Blinken defines some Hamas changes to the ceasefire proposal as “unacceptable”.

More news - News 24 hours A United Nations commission investigating the October 7 attacks on Israel and the resulting conflict in Gaza accused both Palestinian armed groups and Israel of committing war crimes, and the commission said Israel's conduct of the war included crimes against humanity.In a report released on Wednesday, the three-person commission – led by Navi Pillay, a former UN human rights chief – provided the UN's most detailed examination yet of the events since 7 October. The report itself does not entail any sanctions. , but presents a legal analysis of actions in the Gaza conflict that is likely to be evaluated by the International Court of Justice and other international criminal proceedings. Israel did not cooperate with the investigation and protested the commis...
Black baseball history is the focus of the Hall of Fame
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Black baseball history is the focus of the Hall of Fame

More news - Recent news After the reinstatement, Major League Baseball executives established an unwritten quota system that limits the number of Black players on rosters, Shieber said. “This led to unbalanced trading,” he added. “It's not just a one-to-one exchange. Like, “We have enough black player trades.” Toward the end of the exhibit, Shieber pointed out the locker once used by Willie Mays, who Barry Bonds took over as a player for the San Francisco Giants. One of Stewart's fondest early memories involves meeting Mays, his favorite player, when he was 5 years old. But Stewart might also look up to Gibson, Aaron, Frank Robinson and a host of other black stars. Today, he said, kids probably emulate Betts. He struggled to name another current American-born black star. Below th...
Google restores AI search functionality after errors and flaws
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Google restores AI search functionality after errors and flaws

More news - Latest news Liz Reid, Google's recently promoted head of search, wrote in a blog post Thursday that the company has pared back its AI overviews in certain ways, implementing "additional opt-in refinements" to provide more health-conscious responses, disabling misleading advice and limiting the inclusion of satire and user responses from forums like Reddit. “We will continue to improve when and how we show AI insights and strengthen our protections,” he wrote, adding that Google is working on updates to improve broad sets of search results. Ashley Thompson, a spokeswoman for Google, said in a statement Friday that the company has made more than a dozen technical updates to its systems. “AI overviews help people answer large numbers of search queries today, serving as a sta...
In the European elections the center holds, but the far right still wreaks havoc
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In the European elections the center holds, but the far right still wreaks havoc

Related media - News 24 hours The biggest losers of the election appear to be the Greens, who have seen their support plummet by a quarter compared to five years ago. However, the Greens, with their 53 seats, could play an important role by strengthening centrist majorities as an alternative to far-right parties. Final data from all 27 EU countries is expected to be made public early Monday morning. The results appear to have largely maintained the balance of power in the European Parliament, which approves legislation, the bloc's budget and its top leaders, including the president of the powerful European Commission, the EU's executive branch. The first test for the weak centrist majority will be the approval of the new president of the European Commission, expected in July. Von de...