Argentina OKs gay marriage

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina on Thursday became the first nation in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, turning aside protest from the Roman Catholic Church.

The Senate approved the measure in a hard-fought 33-27 vote, with three abstentions. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has indicated that she will sign it into law quickly.

The 4:05 a.m. vote came after an exhaustive debate that dragged on for more than 14 hours.

Pillow fight draws ire of Belarus leaders

MINSK, Belarus — In Belarus, an authoritarian, former Soviet nation, even a pillow fight can be seen as a threat to national security.

On Thursday, club-wielding police dispersed about 400 pillow-wielding youths who gathered in Minsk, the capital, to humorously commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald. It stopped an invasion of German Catholic crusaders in Eastern Europe 600 years ago.

Some 50 of the youths were detained.

Authorities often crack down on rallies and protests in Belarus, a country regarded by many as medieval in its suppression of opposition and independent media.