VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity."
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said he personally was saddened by the landslide decision, in which more than 62 percent of voters in the Roman Catholic country voted "yes," despite church teaching that marriage is only between a man and woman.
In comments to reporters Tuesday evening, Parolin referred to remarks by the Archbishop...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say they have detained 19 people, most of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, in coordinated raids that spread into neighboring Belgium and Germany.
The cross-border operation early Wednesday involved riot police, specialist arrest squads and a police helicopter. They targeted 30 locations in the southern provinces of Limburg and Brabant. Searches of the properties were expected to last throughout the day....
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ask the government to provide a private jet to the country's top Muslim cleric, ignoring criticism caused by his earlier promise to give the cleric a Mercedes.
Erdogan told NTV television late Tuesday that Mehmet Gormez, who heads a government body that regulates religious affairs, was a respected Islamic religious leader who deserved the same conveniences as the pope.
PARIS (AP) — In a rare ceremony, France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum.
The highly symbolic two-day event is aimed at uniting the French against extremism and anti-Semitism after deadly attacks earlier this year. French President Francois Hollande will speak later Wednesday at the Pantheon, resting place of the nation's heroes.