Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated. And versions of this marriage equaity bill include so-called religious freedom exemptions that attack LGBT rights, reports Al Jazeera . Cormann said thought the Smith bill was "a good starting position" but thought it would need improvement to "strengthen religious protections". Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.
But in the more isolated and worst-hit Sunni localities, Sunni charities-including those of Islah and Dawa Group, an Iranian Islamist group close to the Muslim Brotherhood-were said to have arrived on the scene first with tents and water. For more on these we turn to our Ro Aram... Thousands of homes were destroyed in the quake, which rocked a region spanning Iran's western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.
The announcement came at the heels of a morning-long House hearing on sexual harassment where some members of Congress brought up concerns about sexual harassment in the legislative branch and reviewed the institutions in place for reporting and addressing such behavior.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.
Now-sacked vice president Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on November 6. eNCA's Zimbabwean correspondent Pindai Dube confirmed the tanks were visible in the streets of Harare , with sources indicating it was a "show of force" rather than a coup.
PT at Rancho Tehama School on the outskirts of Corning, California . Mercy Dignity Health confirmed that the hospital has received three patients. On the way, he said, he saw an apparent gunshot victim and police at another scene. No information about their conditions was immediately available, according to a spokeswoman for the facility, located about 45 miles from the school.