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Spain's ruling party projected to lose in local polls

Grassroot parties make strong gains as ruling party fails to keep absolute majority in most regions, exit polls show.

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EU slams #Russia over new anti-NGO law

Law allowing prosecution of NGO employees seen as "worrying step" in series of restrictions on freedom of speech.

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Balloon space launch system could open space to all

A Spanish company is working on a balloon launch system that could slash the cost of putting small satellites into space.

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#Poland votes in presidential runoff too close to call

After nearly eight years in power, incumbent Komorowski is challenged by conservative newcomer Duda.

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

With an overwhelming 62 percent of "Yes" votes, Ireland now world's first country to approve gay marriage by referendum.

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Turnout high in #Ireland gay marriage referendum

State broadcaster predicts higher than 60 percent turnout as vote exposes division in traditionally Catholic country.

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#France to ban food waste in supermarkets

Stores will be forced to donate unsold but still edible food to charity or for use as animal feed or farming compost.

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#Ireland votes in referendum on gay marriage

Vote on same-sex marriage has exposed divisions between communities in the traditionally Catholic country.

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The #Netherlands approves partial niqab ban

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says ban on face-veils in public buildings and transport does not target religious groups.

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Soldier dies as fighting erupts in Ukraine's east

Ukraine military and separatists trade accusations of deadly shooting as OSCE warns of "worrisome" spread of violence.

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