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Marina Silva, presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party

Fight For Growing Pentecostal Vote in Brazil

Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

UK Leader Promises Tax Cuts, EU Battle

By Jill Lawless | Oct 1
Squeezed between insurgent anti-Europeans, a skittish party and suspicious voters, Britain's prime minister promised a tough stance on the EU and tax cuts for millions in a bid to bolster support for his Conservative Party before a national election.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo Withdraws Support for Brazilian Candidate Over LGBT Views

By Jason St. Amand | Oct 1
Actor Mark Ruffalo took to his Tumblr Monday to alert his followers that he's withdrawing his support for Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Kim Jong-un

Did High Heels and Swiss Cheese Sideline North Korean Leader?

By Jason St. Amand | Oct 1
North Korea's leader has been out of the public eye for weeks, allegedly recovering from ankle surgery. Reports say they broke because of his weight and because he's been wearing high heels to boost his height.

For Some Gays Abroad, Social Networking Poses Risk

INTERNATIONAL | By David Crary | Sep 30
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

Expecto patronum, bitch!

Christian Rewrites 'Harry Potter' So Kids Don't 'Turn Into Witches'

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Sep 30
Worried that reading the popular 'Harry Potter' series will turn her children into witches, a Christian mother has rewritten the popular books with less spells, more prayers and a straight Professor Dumbledore.

Levy Fidelix, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Labour Renewal Party

Anti-Gay Remarks at Debate Spark Anger in Brazil

INTERNATIONAL | By Adriana Gomez Licon | Sep 30
A minor character in Brazil's election race faced a firestorm of criticism on Monday after saying during a presidential debate that the country needs to stand up against gay people who should receive psychological help far away from the general population

Luka Magnotta (center)

Trial Underway for Gay Porn Star Accused of Murdering Boyfriend

INTERNATIONAL | By Benjamin Shingler | Sep 30
A Canadian man accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country admitted to the killing but pleaded not guilty Monday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Mystery Over N. Korean Leader Fuels Health Rumors

INTERNATIONAL | By Foster Klug | Sep 29
What's going on with North Korea's authoritarian leader, Kim Jong Un?

President Barack Obama

Obama: US 'Underestimated' Islamic State Threat

INTERNATIONAL | By Ken Dilanian | Sep 29
President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.

U.S. President Barack Obama (righ) meets with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left)

Nigerian Court Postpones Ruling on Anti-Gay Measure for 2nd Time

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 29
A Nigerian court last week delayed its ruling, for the second time, on a case that aims to repeal the country's anti-gay law.