DUBLIN (AP) — Some of Ireland's gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced Monday that the bill to legalize gay marriage, following its landslide approval in Friday's referendum, should be passed before lawmakers' planned July 16 summer recess.
She says as part of the law, those gay couples already scheduled to be wed in civil partnership ceremonies...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans' disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it's El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.
Rodriguez is trying to beat the odds by running as an independent for governor of Nuevo Leon, a wealthy and strategic state bordering Texas.
The June 7 midterm election is the first time the country has allowed unaffiliated candidates, thanks to an...
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname's President Desi Bouterse is betting that elections to choose the South American country's next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years.
Most recent polls conducted in Suriname give a comfortable majority to Bouterse's party. The 69-year-old was dictator of Suriname twice after leading coups, but was elected democratically to his current term.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left at least seven dead after a fight between two gangs escalated and led to about 70 people, many visiting family members, being held hostage for several hours.
It's not yet clear if all seven killed were inmates.
Prison officials in Bahia state, where the riot took place, say they negotiated an end to the standoff on Monday and all hostages have been released.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday the drills will involve air force and air defense units of the Central, Western and Southern Military Districts totaling 12,000 servicemen. Combat aircraft will deploy to temporary bases and air defense systems will be sent to the Ashuluk and Kapustin Yar shooting ranges in southern Russia for training with live...