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May 27, 2015 - 4:36am
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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...

May 27, 2015 - 4:28am
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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani security official says investigators have detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees.

Shahid Hayat said on Wednesday that authorities also seized hundreds of thousands of fake degrees from an Axact company office in the southwestern port city of Karachi.

Pakistani authorities are investigating the company and its owner, Shoaib Sheikh, on charges of...

May 27, 2015 - 4:18am
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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....

May 27, 2015 - 4:11am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish government sources say Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is likely to call parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

The prime minister's office says she is expected to "make the announcement" during a news conference scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT).

The Social-Democratic Party-led government's four-year term ends Sept. 14. The opposition center-right bloc, led by former Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen...

May 27, 2015 - 4:02am
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BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials say the crew of a freighter carrying fertilizer has abandoned the ship off the German coast because of the risk of explosion.

Residents along the North Sea coast in the region around Bremerhaven had reported a strong smell, likely caused by fumes from the ship.

Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said in a statement Wednesday that residents should keep windows and doors shut as a precaution....

May 27, 2015 - 3:58am
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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.

Erdogan...

May 27, 2015 - 3:45am
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation.

Vucic's arrival on Wednesday follows Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's visit to Belgrade in November, the first by an Albanian head of government to Serbia in 68 years.

Both countries have applied for EU membership. Albania is a NATO member while Serbia is still on the waiting list.

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May 27, 2015 - 3:42am
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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.

Coffins representing the two women and...

May 27, 2015 - 3:38am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media that shows lawmakers arguing over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers.

The video, which surfaced Monday, shows Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and hard-line lawmaker Mahdi Kouchakzadeh in a heated exchange, apparently during a closed session of parliament.

The hard-liner calls Zarif a "traitor," claiming he speaks for Supreme Leader Ayatollah...

May 27, 2015 - 3:12am
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KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a women's college.

Manabi Banerjee will head the Krishnagar Women's College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

According to local official Dipak K. Kar, Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9.

India's transgender activists have hailed the decision as a proud day for the community that usually faces discrimination...

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