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A US county at the center of a firestorm for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays handed out its first certificate to a same-sex couple on Friday, local television reported. The reversal comes after the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky was ordered jailed for contempt of court Thursday after refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's June 26 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage. Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian, made headlines for insisting it was against her religious beliefs to do so, ultimately landing her behind bars.
The UAE said 45 of its soldiers engaged in a Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen were killed in an accidental explosion that the insurgents claimed was caused by rocket fire. In what was the deadliest day for the coalition since it was formed in March, Bahrain said five of its soldiers guarding the Saudi border with Yemen were also killed. The Yemeni government said an "accidential explosion" at an arms depot at a military base in the eastern province of Marib killed the Emiratis, but the rebels said their fighters fired a rocket that caused the blast.