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  • Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest nail-biter

    Sweden narrowly beat Russia on Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe's annual anything-goes music extravaganza. Forty-one years after Swedish superstars ABBA took the title, chiseled Mans Zelmerlow won 365 points from voters and…

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  • Labour to back EU referendum bill

    Labour will support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times. "The British people want to have a say on the UK's membership of the European Union," the party's acting leader Harriet…

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  • Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

    VIENNA (AP) — Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.

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  • Polish presidential race too close to call, spells trouble for ruling party

    By Wiktor Szary WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles vote for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but already spells trouble for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw…

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  • Monaco claims final Champions League birth

    PARIS (AP) — Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored the winner as Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 to secure a third-place finish in the French league on Saturday and claim the final qualifying birth for the Champions League.

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  • Valencia grabs Spain's last CL spot; Almeria, Eibar go down

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia fought back twice to earn a Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win that relegated Almeria on a dramatic final day of the Spanish league Saturday.

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  • Media organizations condemn attack on Macedonian journalist

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian and international media organizations have strongly condemned an attack on a journalist who has been critical of government, warning that the tense political situation in the country could provoke more violence against journalists.

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  • Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

    Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent "Yes" vote, further denting the once all-powerful Irish Catholic Church. Supporters packed into the grounds of Dublin Castle hugged, kissed and waved rainbow flags in a…

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  • Gay marriage around the world

    Paris (AFP) - Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, official results showed on Saturday, joining 18 countries which have made, or are in the process of making the change, 13 of them in Europe.

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  • Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck

    At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said. "A migrant boat carrying dozens capsized on Saturday off the coast of Monastir ... Naval forces rescued 49 Tunisian migrants and recovered five bodies of Tunisian…

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  • Eurovision Song Contest starts in Vienna

    Vienna (AFP) - The Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's often outrageous and enduringly popular annual pop fest now in its 60th year, kicked off in Vienna on Saturday night.

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  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them — that was the message coming…

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  • Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago. After one of the largest turnouts…

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  • What will get Europe's economy rolling again?

    SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going?

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  • Libyans arrest 600 Europe-bound illegal migrants

    Libyan authorities on Saturday arrested about 600 illegal migrants from African countries who were planning to sail to Europe, a coastguard official said. The migrants were rounded up during a huge crackdown in the Tripoli region during which telecommunications equipment was also seized, the…

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  • AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the logistical burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.

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  • Paderborn, Freiburg relegated from Bundesliga on final day

    BERLIN (AP) — Paderborn and Freiburg were relegated from the Bundesliga on the last day of the season Saturday, while Hamburg clinched the relegation playoff spot and Stuttgart stayed up.

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