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AFP: Putin wants God and heterosexual marriage affirmed in constitution changes

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The AFP report notes

Ahead of a second and key reading set for next week, Putin submitted 24 pages worth of new proposals, said State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

“The president’s amendments are the result of his dialogue with representatives of all factions (and) civil society,” he said in comments released by the State Duma.

The amendments enshrine the mention of Russians’ “faith in God” and also stipulate that marriage is a heterosexual union, said Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy.

(ICYMI) REUTERS: Meet the Kalashnikov Kids

This Reuters’ video documents how young Russians — some as young as 6 — are learning how to disassemble and reassemble a Kalashnikov rifle.

BREAKING: TIME: Saudi Arabia, Iran issue orders affecting potentially millions of Muslims

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 8Jan2017

According to Time,

The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities.

The decisions in Riyadh and Tehran affected both Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike.

SPLC: Student government members accused of stealing, trashing VCU student newspaper

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According to the Student Press Law Center,

The CT staff stayed up until 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, to publish their weekly print edition. At 5:30 p.m. the same day, Hannah Eason, the news editor at The CT, received a direct message through The CT’s Instagram account from a student who claimed people were stealing papers from kiosks around campus.

She called her editor right away and, while on the phone, saw two people steal newspapers from the building she was just in. Eason said she told them to stop, but they didn’t listen and left with the stacks.

Suspensions? Expulsions? Fines?

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3Jan2016 Photo: Anthony Moretti

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