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  • Global ocean racers heading for another tight finish

    ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — The six boats of the Volvo Ocean Race are heading for another very close finish in the seventh leg, with Dutch competitor Team Brunel holding a tiny lead early Sunday.

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  • 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."

    Associated Press
  • Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and civil war…

    Reuters
  • The European center-left's quandary

    By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labour party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's center-left. Now they do -- to Syriza, the National Front, UKIP and Podemos to name but a few.

    Reuters
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  • Horn of Africa's Djibouti dreams of becoming 'new Dubai'

    For years the Horn of Africa nation Djibouti was seen by foreign powers as a far-flung military outpost overlooking the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti offers an African base across from the Arabian Peninsula at the crossroads for cargo traffic between Asia and Europe. It may be a tiny country of around…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

    Thousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The third annual March Against Monsanto -- begun by the Occupy movement -- was held in upwards of 400 cities in…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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…

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters