• Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Peace activists and Gloria Steinem ready to cross Korea DMZ

    An unusual international peace march by feminists who will trek from North to South Korea appears set to go Sunday after organizers agreed they would not cross the border at Panmunjom village in the demilitarized zone. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? Both North…

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  • With all its political bluster, Anonymous can't shake its 'prankster' past

    Can a prankster ever grow up and become an activist? The loosely organized online network has been involved in political causes since 2008, but a recent media study printed in National Communication Association’s Communication Monographs found that Anonymous, try as it might, can’t shake its…

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  • 'Conservative' Ireland set to approve same-sex marriage. What changed?

    A referendum held today will, if passed, make Ireland the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Every Irish political party supports same-sex marriage and opinion polls say up to 70 percent of voters agree. Recommended: Forget Irish cliches: How much do you…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over 'insult' to Muhammad

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.

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  • Colombian rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid kills 26 insurgents

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid kills 26 insurgents.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 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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  • US envoy on NKorea heads for talks in Seoul, Beijing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy will hold joint talks about North Korea next week with Japan and South Korea, and then with China.

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  • New Zealand 173-2 against England

    London (AFP) - New Zealand were 173 for two in reply to England's first innings 389, a deficit of 216 runs, at tea on the second day of the first Test at Lord's on Friday.

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  • Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays

    DUBLIN (AP) — Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and…

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  • Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees from Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.

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  • Army removes WWII bomb near London's Wembley Stadium

    LONDON (AP) — British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London's Wembley Stadium.

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