By Steve Bittenbender GRAYSON, Ky. (Reuters) - Around 200 supporters gathered outside a Kentucky jail on Saturday to support a county clerk held there for defying a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused the licenses due to her Christian belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said. On Saturday, a white banner spray-painted with the black letters "Kim Davis POW" was placed near the jail entrance and a bagpipe and drum corps from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property played "You're a Grand Old Flag" and marched to the detention center.
By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants al Shabaab seized control of two towns over two days in southern Somalia and attacked two African Union (AU) convoys in the same region, a spokesman for the group and a local official said on Saturday. Both captured towns were on routes towards Indian Ocean ports south of the capital Mogadishu and came after al Shabaab fighters attacked an AU base in the same area on Sept. 1. Last year, African Union peacekeepers known as AMISOM drove al Shabaab back in the south and seized the port of Barawe in October, a coastal town used by the Islamist militants to bring in arms and fighters from abroad for years.