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May 25, 2015 - 2:09pm
9 min 32 sec ago

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Ecuador's Galapagos National Park administration said the mile-high (1.7 kilometer-high) Wolf volcano began spewing fire, smoke and lava before dawn Monday.

The volcano lies on the northern tip of Isabela Island, the archipelago's largest. It's far from the...

May 25, 2015 - 1:32pm
9 min 32 sec ago

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...

May 25, 2015 - 12:31pm
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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...

May 25, 2015 - 12:29pm
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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.

Bouterse promises a landslide victory in...

May 25, 2015 - 11:49am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany is protesting Russia's decision to turn away an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Conservative lawmaker Karl-Georg Wellmann was denied entry into Russia when he arrived at Moscow airport on Sunday, and returned to Germany on Monday.

Wellmann has been an outspoken critic of Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatist rebels are fighting government forces.

Germany's Foreign Ministry...

May 25, 2015 - 11:37am
9 min 32 sec ago

El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian army official says extremists have killed a conscript and wounded an officer in clashes in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

The fighting on Monday near the town of Sheikh Zuweyid pitted troops against Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, militants who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group last year.

The long-restive northern Sinai has seen a spike in attacks targeting security forces since the military...

May 25, 2015 - 11:13am
9 min 32 sec ago

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said Monday that the Ansarullah Bangla Team was banned in response to a request by police because it has threatened and killed bloggers, writers and other activists.

Junior Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the decision was made under the anti-terrorism law.

A...

May 25, 2015 - 10:59am
9 min 32 sec ago

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.

Several...

May 25, 2015 - 10:41am
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado has hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna and officials say at least 10 people are dead.

A spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of Coahuila says Monday's twister destroyed houses.

Rosario says 10 people had been confirmed killed so far.

May 25, 2015 - 10:34am
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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...

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