• EU, ex-Soviet neighbors patch over rifts with eye on Russia

    By Alastair Macdonald and Gederts Gelzins RIGA (Reuters) - Looking over their shoulders at Russia, the European Union and six former Soviet neighbors patched up their differences to renew vows of cooperation in the interests of peace and security at a summit on Friday. Meeting in Riga 18 months…

  • Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 39: officials

    At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a fight between suspected gang members and security forces, two government officials said, the latest bloodshed in an area that has been plagued by violent drug gangs. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 37…

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  • Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child…

  • Alabama gay marriage ruling: legal, but not yet

    Gay couples will be able to marry in Alabama, a federal judge ruled on Thursday – but not yet. State bans against gay marriage began falling in October as appeals court judges found them unconstitutional in a series of rulings, rapidly raising the number of states where same-sex couples can…

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  • @POTUS tweets draw record followers – and many nasty comments

    President Obama’s new, personal Twitter account has been up for three days now and it’s making lots of news, good and bad. On the good side, @POTUS (President of the United States, in case you don’t know the acronym) has attracted lots of followers. A record number, in fact: In its first five…

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  • What the security industry can learn from the World Health Organization

    As soon as the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike announced its discovery last week of a computer vulnerability it dubbed "Venom," the ominous headlines began. "Venom vulnerability: Serious computer bug shatters cloud security," wrote Fortune. "Blinked and you may have missed [Venom]," The Wall…

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  • Fiercely critical of NSA, Germany now answering for its own spy practices

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovered in 2013 that the National Security Agency had been snooping on her countrymen, and even tapping her own cellphone, through the media leaks by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Now, in something of an ironic twist, Germany is coming to terms with…

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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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  • Polish presidential run-off a razor-edge race

    Poland's presidential run-off on Sunday, pitting liberal incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski against conservative populist challenger Andrzej Duda, is on a knife-edge with opinion polls and analysts unable to call it. Sunday's outcome is also seen as a harbinger of things to come in an autumn general…

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  • Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

    A Kiev court on Friday ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian troops in the separatist east to be placed in pre-trial detention until July 19. Ukraine has charged Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov with involvement in "terrorist activity"…

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  • California water board approves voluntary cutback program by growers

    California water regulators on Friday said they had approved a plan by some of the state's most senior water rights holders to voluntary cut back water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not face further cuts during the growing season. "This proposal helps Delta growers…

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  • Gunfight kills 39 in troubled Mexican state

    At least 37 people were killed Friday in a gunfight with federal police in a western Mexico region hit by cartel violence, in one of the bloodiest clashes in the country's drug war. Two police officers also died in the shootout with armed civilians in the municipality of Tanhuato, in Michoacan…

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  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

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  • Turkey arrests 43 in new sweep against Erdogan foes

    Turkey on Friday arrested 43 people in the central city of Konya in new raids against suspected supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch foe, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, reports said. The detentions, which come just two weeks ahead of legislative elections on June 7, are just…

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  • IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge

    A suicide bomber from the extremist Sunni IS also attacked a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, raising sectarian tensions in the region. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" by seizing Syria's Al-Tanaf crossing on the…