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Maui's dolphin of New Zealand nearly extinct, humans at fault

The world's smallest dolphin, the Maui's dolphin, is on the verge of extinction. Some analysts now put the number of surviving Maui's dolphins at under 50, with only 10 of those mature females.

Europe must do more to help migrants: UN chief

Dublin - Europe must do more to help migrants crossing the Mediterranean, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday ahead of a visit to Brussels, as a planned EU naval operation awaits UN Security Council approval.

Ronda Rousey takes a shot at Floyd Mayweather — and lands it

Ronda Rousey is making huge strides in the sporting world, increasing her stature, her earnings potential and her place in the world of mixed martial arts. Rousey is also becoming a good quote.

Church unnerved by Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

Dublin - The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" to connect to people.

Ireland 'changed utterly' by gay marriage vote

Dublin - Ireland's newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage.

65-year-old German woman births 4 babies, premature but alive

A 65-year-old German woman gave birth to four babies on Tuesday in Berlin but it didn't go as hoped. The quadruplets all survived but were born premature at 26 weeks. The newborns now make Annegret Raunigk a mother of 17.

Ireland celebrates after huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times.

Cheers and tears as Ireland approves gay marriage

Dublin - Cheers rolled around Dublin Castle on Saturday as jubilant "Yes" supporters jumped for joy and waved rainbow flags to celebrate Ireland's vote to allow gay marriage.

Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

Dublin - Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent "Yes" vote, further denting the once all-powerful Irish Catholic Church.

Ireland expected to allow gay marriage in historic vote

Dublin - Ireland looked to have voted in favour of gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.

In Wilde's shadow, shyness and pride in Irish gay marriage vote

Dublin - While many voters in Ireland's referendum on introducing same-sex marriage were strolling around Dublin wearing "Yes" badges Friday, many "No" voters were keeping it to themselves.

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.

Prince Charles visits great-uncle's IRA murder site

Cliffony - Britain's Prince Charles spoke of "anguish" at the murder of his godfather by IRA paramilitaries in 1979 as he became the first royal to visit the assassination site in Ireland on Wednesday.

Rural Ireland wary of same-sex marriage vote

Knock - In the village of Knock in the west of Ireland, support for a "No" vote in Friday's same-sex marriage referendum is strong, as it is in many rural areas where the Catholic Church still holds sway.

Irish gay marriage vote reflects Church in decline

Dublin - Friday's vote on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland is a further sign of the waning influence of the once-dominant Catholic Church, experts said.

Irish burglars find corpses in home they're robbing, call police

A traveling gang of burglars found themselves in a tough spot. The group broke into a home in Limerick, Ireland, with hopes of finding some valuable stuff to look. Instead, they found a pair of dead bodies.

Prince Charles to visit great-uncle's IRA murder site

Sligo - Britain's Prince Charles will on Wednesday visit the site where his beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten was murdered by the Irish Republican Army paramilitary group in 1979.

Online gambling site 888 poker looking to grow even larger

Reports have it that the popular online gambling site, 888 Poker, may soon be connected to the Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment gambling site. That's because the parent company of 888 Poker is taking a run at buying up Bwin.Party.

Britain's Prince Charles meets Irish republican leader

Galway - Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA.

Church of Scotland to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships

As Ireland prepares to vote on allowing gay marriages, progress on LGBT rights is also making headway in nearby Scotland. The Church of Scotland has voted to allow gay ministers in civil marriages to serve the church and its parishioners.
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