• 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…

  • Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

    By Praveen Menon and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister said on Sunday. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said officials are…

  • Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes

    By Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their safety. Thousands of…

  • California farmers agree to cut water use. Enough to stem the drought?

    As drought-stricken Californians came under orders to curb urban water use – up to 36 percent in some communities, thank you very much Gov. Jerry Brown – all eyes turned to farmers. On Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the…

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  • On the field and online: How the fight against ISIS is a battle on two fronts

    For Islamic State fighters, the battle for dominance continues both on the ground and online: The extremists’ capture of the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra this week came with a Twitter-circulated photo of the group’s black flag flying over the city’s hilltop castle. “A war of words continues, as…

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  • Cleveland officer Michael Brelo not guilty: How policing weighs on justice

    Michael Brelo, a white Cleveland police officer indicted for jumping on a car hood to fire a deadly volley of gunfire at two unarmed motorists in 2012, has been found not guilty by a county judge in Ohio, reiterating the complex dynamics that make it hard to find police officers guilty of crimes…

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  • Senate blocks House bill on NSA surveillance. What happens next?

    The surveillance standoff in Congress continues. The Senate’s continued struggle to find common ground on a critical security issue highlights the fractured and polarizing nature of the debate around government surveillance, even as lawmakers face increasing pressure to find compromise over…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

    CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Sunday they have discovered mass graves in more than a dozen abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand, where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. "These graves are believed to be a part of human trafficking…

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  • Man United won't take it easy on Bruce's Hull, says van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal has assured Newcastle that Manchester United won't take it easy on Hull in the final day showdown that will play a major role in deciding the relegation battle. Manchester United legend Steve Bruce is facing relegation as Hull manager with his third bottom club trailing Newcastle by…

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  • Wenger insists FA Cup final is no distraction for Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger says the FA Cup final won't distract Arsenal from ending their Premier League season on a high against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Wenger's side bring the curtain down on their league campaign at the Emirates Stadium with a third-place finish appearing all but assured. Only an…

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  • Rodgers pleads with Liverpool fans to lay off Sterling

    Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Brendan Rodgers has urged Liverpool supporters not to abuse Raheem Sterling at Stoke on Sunday as the Reds boss slammed the player's agent for a tumultuous week of speculation about his future. Sterling has come under fire over the past seven days after his…

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  • Cowboys win 8th in a row to move into 1st place in NRL

    SYDNEY (AP) — North Queensland winger Antonio Winterstein scored a try with three minutes remaining to help clinch an 8-0 victory over the Wests Tigers, the first-place Cowboys' eighth consecutive win in the National Rugby League.

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  • Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles were voting Sunday in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger.

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  • US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple

    A white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter. Six officers have been charged. Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who opened fire on Timothy…

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