Arizona Republicans urge governor to veto anti-gay bill

Arizona Republicans urge governor to veto anti-gay bill | World news
Jo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins gay rights supporters protesting SB 1062 at the Arizona Capitol. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gay people sent a letter to governor Jan Brewer on Monday urging her to veto the legislation.

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From Lemberg to Lvov to Lviv | @guardianletters |

Watching the Ukrainian revolution unfolding, especially in Lviv, my mind goes back to 1960s Edinburgh and my elderly Polish landlady telling me about growing up in what was then Lemberg in Austro-Hungarian Galicia. When the Emperor Franz Josef died, her primary-school teacher put black crepe round his portrait on the classroom wall and she cried because he reminded her of her grandfather. After the first world war, she found herself a citizen of Lwów in the new republic of Poland, but it reverted to Lemberg in 1940 when the Nazis marched in. By the time the Russians arrived and turned it into Lvov, she was reunited with her soldier husband in Scotland. She didn't live to see it become the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

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Virginia counter-terror training by anti-Muslim activist sparks outcry

Virginia counter-terror training by anti-Muslim activist sparks outcry | World news
The event has prompted an outcry from Islamic groups, which warn that Guandolo is a notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist. Photo: Christopher Thomond

A former FBI agent who believes that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government and that John Brennan, the director of the CIA, is a secret follower of Islam is poised to begin three days of counter-terrorism training with law enforcers in northern Virginia.

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