The Brief

Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, known by his stage name as Panti Bliss arrives at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin on May 23, 2015

Vatican Calls Irish Gay-Marriage Vote 'Defeat for Humanity'

Ireland's recent referendum approving same-sex marriages has drawn sharp condemnation from the most senior Vatican official after the Pope. The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said he "was deeply saddened by the result"

Hamas security officers, front, stand guard as Egyptian soldiers are posted in the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, as seen from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 26, 2015

Israeli Jets Launch Air Strikes on Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. The rocket hit an open area in the Lakhish regional council, and no injuries were reported

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LeBron, Cavaliers Earn NBA Finals Spot by Sweeping Hawks

LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games, and Cleveland reserved a spot in the finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title

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No More Outside Food for Guantánamo Inmates

New military regulations will prevent attorneys from bringing food to inmates being held in custody at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Effective this week, the ruling will reverse a long-standing policy that allowed lawyers to bring food during legal conferences

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The Radical Education of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the populist and self-proclaimed socialist running for President, has a solid shot at second place in the Democratic nomination fight. Win or lose, he will force the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, to take a serious look at his progressive platform

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Newer Birth-Control Pills Raise Clot Risk

Blood clots have been a known risk of oral contraceptives since the 1990s, but for most women the chances seemed small enough to justify taking the Pill. A new study puts a number on the risk of developing potentially fatal clots after using it

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rick Santorum Starts Presidential Run Looking Back

Leaning on Republican traditions, Rick Santorum makes the case that 2016 is his turn to shine for the GOP. But history alone is not going to overcome Santorum’s significant obstacles as he seeks the White House for a second time

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4 Militants Die in Attack in Upscale Area of Afghan Capital

A siege in Kabul ended in the early hours of Wednesday with the deaths of four armed attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in tweets on a recognized account

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Texas Searches for People Missing in Floods

Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding motorists and inundating the congested highways of the nation's fourth-largest city. The search goes on for at least 13 missing people

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Cleveland Okays New Cop Rules

The police agreed to close oversight from an independent monitor, pledged to overhaul its use of force regulations, and said it would develop a recruitment policy to attract a more diverse force after the Justice Department found it had regularly used excessive force