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AP Top International News At 12:26 p.m. EDT

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
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....

Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Huge crowds of Salvadorans filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis....

Fierce gun battle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch....

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby....

AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores....

AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday....

UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday....

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."...

AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever....

Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there....

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Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified

Middle East
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