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Australia, Scotland and Finland tightened their gun laws following mass shooting tragedies. GlobalPost takes a closer look. Read more»

In July, South Sudan celebrated its second year of independence. Just five months later, analysts warned the country could be sliding toward civil war. Violence began to spread from the capital of Juba. Read more»

The Supreme Court decided Wednesday that supporters of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, lacked standing to appeal a lower court's decision. By default, the decision allows Californian same-sex couples to get married again. However, it does not make a decision on gay marriage as a whole. Read more»

Phoenix native David Baker, 24, an openly gay member of the Mormon Church, awaited the rulings in front of the Supreme Court beginning Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, ruling it unconstitutional. The ruling does not legalize gay marriage in America. What it does do is afford same-sex couples who are legally married the same treatment as married heterosexual couples. Read more» 1

A UN commission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria said it has "not reached conclusive findings" on the issue, contradicting an earlier claim by UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte. The White House weighed in on Monday afternoon, with spokesman Jay Carney saying there was evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, but not conclusive proof. Read more»

President Barack Obama delivered a moving speech of remembrance and resilience in Boston on Thursday honoring the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. "We may be momentarily knocked of our feet," the president said, "But we will pick ourselves up. We will finish the race." Read more»

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's last words were reportedly: "Yo no quiero morir, por favor no me dejen morir." In English, they read: "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die." Read more»

After a prolonged battle with cancer, the polarizing socialist leader Hugo Chavez has died. Chavez leaves behind a country in deep economic and political crisis. What's next for the people of Venezuela? Read more»

The US Senate approved FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Friday, reauthorizing the Bush era's warrantless wiretapping. Read more»

How much do the laws and social norms surrounding guns — in other words, "gun culture" — influence how violent a society is? Read more»

Chained CPI has been touted as a possible solution to the fiscal cliff impasse. What is it? Read more»

Venezuela's vice president Nicolas Maduro has been named as Hugo Chavez' preferred successor.

Who is Nicolas Maduro, the man chosen as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's successor? Read more»

A gay pride march in Mexico City, June 30, 2012.

Mexico's supreme court struck down a law in Oaxaca that banned same-sex marriage, paving the way for gay marriage to become legal. Read more»

Law enforcement efforts against the drug trade have not been able to stop violence, which has killed more than 55,000 people in Mexico since 2006.

Government documents show that nearly 25,000 adults and children have gone missing in the past six years of Mexico's drug war. Read more» 1

Thousands of soldiers have been deployed across Mexico to fight the powerful drug cartels.

The Mexican navy arrested 35 police officers on Monday for alleged links to the Zetas drug cartel. Read more»

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