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(Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law intended to allow people who object on religious grounds to same-sex marriage and believe gender is determined at birth to refuse wedding and other services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves found late Thursday that the wide-ranging law adopted this spring unconstitutionally allowed "arbitrary discrimination" against the LGBT community, unmarried people and others who do not share such views. "The state has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others," wrote Reeves, who issued an injunction halting the law that was to take effect on Friday.
VIENNA (AP) — In a potential new challenge to European Union unity, Austria's highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country's presidential election, giving a right-wing euroskeptic candidate a second change at the office after his narrow loss last month.
A French prosecutor on Friday said IMF chief Christine Lagarde should stand trial for her handling of a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was France's finance minister. The prosecutor recommended the rejection of a challenge by Lagarde to a December court order for her to stand trial for negligence in the affair, which saw Tapie receive 404 million euros ($433 million) in taxpayer money.