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  • Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change…

  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said…

  • UN concerned over human rights, democracy in Macedonia

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A top United Nations human rights official expressed concern Friday over the political crisis that has triggered mass protests in Macedonia. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said he…

  • UN agency passes new standards on prisoner treatment

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights. The revisions were passed Friday by the Vienna-based U.N. Commission on…

  • US appeals court upholds delay in Alzheimer’s drug swap

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a drug manufacturer’s appeal and affirmed a judge’s order that Actavis PLC keep distributing its widely used Alzheimer’s medication until after its patent expires this…

  • EU chief Juncker calls Hungary’s Orban ‘dictator’ _ in jest

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly called Hungary’s leader a “dictator” upon his arrival for a European Union summit. The gibe targeting Prime Minister Viktor Orban was picked up by TV…

  • UK tabloid reporter found guilty in bribery case

    LONDON (AP) — A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct. Anthony France, a crime reporter for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun…

  • Lufthansa to propose unannounced drug checks for pilots

    BERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of German airline Lufthansa says unannounced tests to check pilots for prescription drugs might help improve air safety. Carsten Spohr made the comments in an interview with the Frankfurter…

  • Eiffel Tower disrupted amid workers’ anger about pickpockets

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The…

  • Balkan foes find common ground in bid to join 28-nation EU

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Foreign ministers and senior diplomats from several Balkan countries — many with troubled relations stemming from wars in the 1990s — met Friday in the Albanian capital of Tirana to try…

  • Dutch govt eyes limited ban on face-covering clothing

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government announced plans Friday to introduce a limited ban on “face-covering clothing,” widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only…

  • Poland presidential vote could bring return to turbulence

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his right-wing party held power. Duda, 43, is the…

  • NATO announces next summit will be July 2016 in Warsaw

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says its next summit will take place July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland as the alliance continues to reshape itself to meet new security challenges. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who made…

  • Army removes WWII bomb near London’s Wembley Stadium

    LONDON (AP) — British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London’s Wembley Stadium. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb was discovered Thursday by workers at a construction site…

  • Dutch government to sell off nationalized ABN Amro bank

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Friday it will sell off ABN Amro bank in phases beginning later this year, seven years after the state took it over to prevent its collapse…