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Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is launching a hunger strike and calling for a mass anti-government protest next week in a new video leaked Saturday.... 5/24/2015 3:01 AM

Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of people have fled villages and towns along a mountain river in in northwest Nepal after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods.... 5/24/2015 2:49 AM

Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent `yes' to gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.... 5/24/2015 2:44 AM

Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."... 5/24/2015 2:16 AM

Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed
VIENNA (AP) -- Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.... 5/24/2015 1:03 AM

Myanmar president signs off on contested population law
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.... 5/24/2015 12:39 AM

CANNES WATCH: Going out In style
CANNES, France (AP) -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale.... 5/24/2015 12:34 AM

Defending 100-meter champion Magnusssen out of swim worlds
SYDNEY (AP) -- Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery.... 5/23/2015 11:12 PM

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer.... 5/23/2015 10:55 PM

Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help.... 5/23/2015 10:37 PM

'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."... 5/23/2015 10:23 PM

Nigerian troops kill extremists as militants slay villagers
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian troops killed scores of Islamic extremists and rescued 20 women and children from captivity even as reports came in Saturday of Boko Haram fighters slitting villagers' throats and chopping them to death.... 5/23/2015 10:05 PM

Local media: Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation's capital, Bujumbura, local media reported.... 5/23/2015 9:20 PM

Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.... 5/23/2015 9:09 PM

Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested'
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."... 5/23/2015 8:35 PM

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.... 5/23/2015 8:08 PM

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town - the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs.... 5/23/2015 7:50 PM

Marion Cotillard is queen of red carpet at Cannes' 'Macbeth'
CANNES, France (AP) -- Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet.... 5/23/2015 7:31 PM

BlackBerry lays off unspecified number of employees globally
TORONTO (AP) -- BlackBerry says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees globally as it makes changes to the operations responsible for making its smartphones.... 5/23/2015 7:25 PM

Palme d'Or up for grabs ahead of Cannes Film Festival finale
CANNES, France (AP) -- A week and a half of French Riviera frenzy comes down to, as it always does, wild conjecture.... 5/23/2015 7:11 PM

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