• Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls…

  • Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi'ite mosque, many dead or wounded

    By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50, local residents and a hospital officials said. The attack could further harm relations between…

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  • Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore

    By Tim McLaughlin and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy has brought ashore 200 Bangladeshis found in a boat off its coast, after its military chief said some of the thousands of migrants that have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to get…

  • NBA playoffs: Post-season stars populate All-NBA first team

    Recommended: How much do you know about the NBA? This year, James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors were unanimous vote getters, capturing all 129 first-team votes. As a sign of his importance, the Cavs went just 3-10 when James didn't play.

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  • Ethiopia goes to the polls: What's at stake?

    The Blue Party, which emerged in 2013 with great enthusiasm after organizing a major demonstration – the first by a political party since 2005 – has been stymied by the government. Its members have been arrested and the government has refused them permits to protest in prominent places. Other…

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  • Kenya says it repelled Al Shabab militants in town north of Garissa

    It took place in Yumbis, about 40 miles north of Garissa, where the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil occurred in early April. Masked militants rounded up villagers on Thursday, leaving only after placing black flags across the village, a resident told Al Jazeera. The militants were…

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  • Rift grows between nuclear haves, have-nots. What can be done?

    The nuclear nonproliferation order that for decades has kept the world remarkably free of the spread of nuclear weapons is at risk of breaking down. Challenges to the global regime enshrined in the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, include widening access to the technologies that…

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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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  • Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

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  • Dutch government to sell off nationalized ABN Amro bank

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government says it will sell off ABN Amro bank in phases beginning later this year, seven years after the state took over the ailing bank amid the turmoil of the global financial crisis.

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  • Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."

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  • Guinea families transport bodies on public buses

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been…

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  • 'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban

    European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga. The right-wing Orban has angered and infuriated his European Union peers for years, carrying out…

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  • Resident says 19 Shiites killed in Saudi suicide attack

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, the Interior Ministry and residents said.

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