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May 23, 2015 - 3:02pm
2 days 8 hours ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Electoral figures announced today show that Irish voters have approved legalizing gay marriage by a landslide. Figures from yesterday's referendum show 62.1 percent of Irish voters said "yes."

Outside Dublin Castle, where the figures were announced, thousands of gay rights activists cheered, hugged and cried. The unexpectedly strong percentage of approval surprised both sides.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny welcomed the outcome, saying the...

May 23, 2015 - 2:57pm
2 days 8 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies have reported the killing of a prominent separatist commander in eastern Ukraine when his vehicle was ripped apart by a bomb and then strafed by gunfire.

The reports, citing a prosecutor in the separatist Luhansk region, said Saturday's attack killed commander Alexei Mozgovoi and at least six other people. Prosecutor Sergei Gorenko said the identities of the others were not yet known.

The reports gave no suspected...

May 23, 2015 - 2:09pm
2 days 8 hours ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents have arrested a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."

Spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency says agents put Buruji Kashamu under house arrest at his Lagos home Saturday. He says Kashamu, 56, will appear in court Monday to start extradition proceedings to the United States.

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May 23, 2015 - 1:31pm
2 days 11 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has signed a law giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the move as part of an "ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society." The law is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012....

May 23, 2015 - 12:31pm
2 days 11 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — German Green party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, once known as the youthful firebrand "Dany the Red," has been granted French citizenship — nearly a half-century after being expelled from France during the May 1968 student uprising.

Cohn-Bendit, in an email to friends obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had called him a day earlier to pass on the news.

In April, shortly before his 70th...

May 23, 2015 - 12:10pm
2 days 11 hours ago

MILAN (AP) — Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago.

Alitalia said in a statement Saturday the strike is falsely evoking the threat of layoffs and that it was called based on issues that had already resolved with other unions representing the majority of pilots and flight attendants....

May 23, 2015 - 11:45am
2 days 11 hours ago

LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as the small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.

They are among a group of about 600 Burundi refugees evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency Saturday from a makeshift refugee camp at the fishing village of Kagunga, Tanzania. The small town has hosted thousands of refugees and has now been hit by a cholera...

May 23, 2015 - 11:29am
2 days 19 hours ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali military official says dozens of Islamic extremists attacked two towns in southern Somalia early Saturday and clashed with government troops in which 18 militants and soldiers were killed.

Mohamed Abdullahi, a Somali military commander in Lower Shabelle region, said the fighting happened in Awdhegle and Mubarak towns and the militants were later repulsed. He gave no further details on the causalities.

Despite major...

May 23, 2015 - 10:58am
2 days 20 hours ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The commander of international forces in Afghanistan says the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.

General John F. Campbell said on Saturday the group's sophisticated social media campaign is attracting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are disgruntled with the lack of progress in more than 10 years of fighting to overthrow the Kabul government.

He says...

May 23, 2015 - 10:06am
2 days 20 hours ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines are canceling flights as a months-long fuel shortage is aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa's biggest oil producer.

Vehicles also are grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed Saturday. One station owner said strikers are threatening to set fire to any stations selling fuel.

Police are arresting black marketeers...

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