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AP PHOTOS: Safe on land, migrants eager to phone home

AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — The Asian migrants and asylum seekers wanted to go to Malaysia, where family, friends and, in some cases, menial jobs awaited them. But human traffickers commandeering their wooden boats abruptly changed plans following a...
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170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia

AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted...

Burundi opposition figures go into hiding following killing

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Many of Burundi’s opposition figures have gone into hiding after the killing of an opposition leader, said an opposition politician Sunday. Opposition politicians, journalists and civic activists are hiding in Bujumbura, the capital, because...
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Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest

AP Photo/Fernando Llano CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend. The former Caracas area mayor accused authorities in a video leaked to news media on Saturday...
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Women’s walk across Koreas’ DMZ denied; they cross on bus

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) — International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates on Sunday were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but were allowed to cross...
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Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

AP Photo/Jerome Delay 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 their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. “We are thanking God for...
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At Mideast forum, officials seek world’s help

AP Photo/Nasser Nasser SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the...
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Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent `yes’ to gay marriage

AP Photo/Peter Morrison 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. As the official ballot...
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Notable quotes from the Irish referendum on gay marriage

AP Photo/Peter Morrison DUBLIN (AP) — Some reaction Saturday to Ireland’s national vote on legalizing gay marriage: “A little island at the end of Europe on its way to America has shown that such a small nation can be a beacon of light throughout the...

Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

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...