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Edith Windsor, marriage equality pioneer, dead at 88

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NEW YORK: Edith Windsor, the lady who fought for the same-sex marriage nationwide, died in Manhattan today. She was 88.

Windsor moved the bill in the Supreme Court in 2010, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. Her bill struck down parts of a federal law in 2013 that banned same-sex marriage.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed her death but did not specify her cause of death.

“I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life,” Kasen-Windsor said in a statement.

“She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back,” she added.

According to an LGBTQ activist, Windsor was 81 when she sued the federal government following the death of her first spouse, Thea Spyer. They legally married in Canada in 2007 after being together for more than 40 years.

“Windsor said the marriage law meant she faced a huge estate tax bill she wouldn’t have to pay if the law didn’t discriminate against same-gender couples,” the activist said.

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Hafiz Saeed should be arrested and charged for his crimes: US

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LAHORE: US has said today that JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed should be arrested and charged for his crimes.

According to details, on learning that JuD leader has been released, State Department held:   “The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan.

“The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes.”

It is pertinent to mention here that by means of Executive Order 13224 he had been termed Specially Designated Global Terrorist US Department of Treasury.

Today, while delivering a Khutba before Friday prayers at  Jamia Maslid Al-Qadsia here, Hafiz Saeed said that he was fighting for the freedom of Pakistan and Kashmir.

 

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Militants kill over 235, injure 100 namazis in a Sinai mosque

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SINAI (EGYPT): A bomb and gun attack by militants has killed over 235 namazis converged at Al-Rawdah Mosque for Juma prayers in Bir-al-Abed, near Arish city here today.

According to details, following the explosion, gunmen opened fire at namazis who were leaving the mosque.

The militants were not only targeting armed forces personnel gathered there for prayers but at the ambulances too!

It is pertinent to mention here that they also target Sinai tribes reckoning them traitors and abettors of LEAs.

Attackers blocked escape routes by blowing-up cars. Due to resulting burning wreckage LEAs’ personnel failed to follow them.

While President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called an emergency security meeting, Egyptian government has announced three days of national mourning. 

 

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Sino-N.Korea Friendship Bridge is being closed temporarily!

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BEIJING: Sino-N.Korean Friendship Bridge will be closed during repairs on North Korean side.

This was stated here today by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson during a regular briefing: “The bridge will be closed temporarily because the DPRK (North Korean) side needs to carry out some repair and maintenance work,”

According to details workers would carry out repairs on North Korean side during closure that will take place within days.

Cynics go haywire wondering why the closure was announced following Air China’s suspension of flights between Beijing and N. Korea.

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