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After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 10:07 am

Ireland Set To Say ‘Yes’ To Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Set To Say 'Yes' To Same-Sex MarriageEarly patterns from polling centres suggest Ireland will make history by becoming the first country in the world to introduce gay marriage after a popular vote. In the capital Dublin, a landslide in favour of gay marriage is expected. There are no postal votes in Ireland, but some emigrants felt so passionately they caught the boat home to vote.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 10:06 am

Final preparations begin for Eurovision Song Contest

Elhaida Dani representing Albania performs the song 'I'm Alive' during a dress rehearsal for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)VIENNA (AP) — Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest — except for the weather.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 10:02 am

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015. Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution. Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment should be approved by the required majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN (AP) — Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:58 am

Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

Men walk past a Yes vote campaign graffiti in central Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriageBy Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results are not expected until later in the day in a vote that would make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality. State broadcaster RTE said the victory appeared to be overwhelming and government minister Kevin Humphreys predicted the margin would be two-to-one.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:43 am

Pacific-Atlantic railroad will respect environment: Chinese premier

Pacific-Atlantic railroad will respect environment: Chinese premierChina's Prime Minister Li Keqiang delivers a speech during a ceremony with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala (out of frame) at the presidential palace in Lima on May 22, 2015

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:41 am

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra’s museum

FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which they have captured days earlier, but have not harmed its contents.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:34 am

Woman, 65, Gives Birth To Quadruplets – Report

Woman, 65, Gives Birth To Quadruplets - ReportA 65-year-old woman has given birth to quadruplets, German media has reported – making her a mother to 17 children. Annegret Raunigk had been criticised by doctors for her decision to have fertilised eggs implanted abroad, amid concerns her body would be physically incapable of bearing the children. Although the quadruplets have a strong chance of survival, complications cannot be ruled out because they were born prematurely at 26 weeks.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:34 am

‘At Least 44′ Killed In Huge Mexico Gunfight

'At Least 44' Killed In Huge Mexico GunfightThe incident happened in Tanhuato, in Michoacan state, after a convoy of police and soldiers was ambushed, according to a government official. Almost all of the dead are suspected criminals, said the official – speaking anonymously, but several police officers are also thought to have been killed. The area between Michoacan and Jalisco states is a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Mexico's newest and fastest-growing cartel.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:34 am

Shi’ite militia approach Islamic State-held areas from base near Ramadi

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of FallujaA convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday toward areas held by Islamic State insurgents, an eyewitness and a local official said. Pro-government forces are seeking to retake the capital of the sprawling western province of Anbar after the ultra-radical Islamic State overran it last weekend in a significant defeat for the Baghdad government. The fall of Ramadi is the most serious setback for Iraqi forces in almost a year and has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the U.S. strategy of air strikes to help Baghdad roll back Islamic State, which controls about a third of Iraq.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:12 am

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More than 40 die in Mexico shootings – Irish Times


Irish Times

More than 40 die in Mexico shootings
Irish Times
More than 40 people have been killed in what authorities said was a fierce battle between suspected drug gang gunmen and government forces on a ranch in western Mexico. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one police officer, who died trying …
More than 40 people killed in fierce gun battle between drugs gang and police in Irish Independent
43 killed in Mexican drug gang shootoutThe Times (subscription)
Mexican gunfight kills 43 as police and drug cartels battle on ranchThe Independent
The Yucatan Times
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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:37 am

‘Yes’ Side Joyous as Count Starts in Irish Gay-Marriage Vote – New York Times


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'Yes' Side Joyous as Count Starts in Irish Gay-Marriage Vote
New York Times
DUBLIN — Irish political observers from both sides said the first ballot boxes to be opened Saturday pointed to a strong victory for legalizing gay marriage, as the nation began counting results from a national referendum. Observers from parties and both sides' …
Ireland awaits outcome of landmark same-sex marriage referendumCNN
Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers sayReuters
Ireland same-sex referendum: Vote counting beginsBBC News
Wall Street Journal -Irish Independent
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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:13 am

Shi’ite militia approach Islamic State-held areas from base near Ramadi – Reuters


Reuters

Shi'ite militia approach Islamic State-held areas from base near Ramadi
Reuters
BAGHDAD A convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday toward areas held by Islamic State insurgents, an eyewitness and a local official said. Pro-government forces are seeking to retake the capital of …
Iraq crisis: UN concern over Ramadis displaced by IS advanceBBC News
Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State's biggest win this yearWashington Post
ISIS expands its 'state'Jerusalem Post Israel News
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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 9:13 am

No US-Cuba deal on embassies, talks to go on – The Sun Daily


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No US-Cuba deal on embassies, talks to go on
The Sun Daily
WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba failed Friday to nail down an agreement on reopening their embassies and more discussions to restore long-frozen diplomatic ties will be needed, both sides said. "Both delegations agreed to continue our …
US and Cuba Extend Talks on Reopening EmbassiesNew York Times
US, Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcementThe State
Progress in Cuba-USA RapprochementPrensa Latina

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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 8:51 am

Obama: Israel’s government should live up to the nation’s founding ideals – Washington Post


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Obama: Israel's government should live up to the nation's founding ideals
Washington Post
President Obama made an impassioned appeal to American Jews on Friday, arguing that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values that he has adopted as guiding principles in his own life. The 29-minute …
Obama: Everybody is a child of GodYnetnews
US president signs Iran nuclear review bill into lawJerusalem Post Israel News
Obama's message: I represent American Jewish values better than NetanyahuHaaretz (blog)

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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 8:45 am

ISIS says it bombed Saudi mosque; 21 reported dead – CNN


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ISIS says it bombed Saudi mosque; 21 reported dead
CNN
People search through debris after an explosion at a Shiite mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, May 22. The militant group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to tweets from ISIS supporters, which included a formal statement from …
REFILE-UPDATE 5-Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic Reuters
Nationwide outrage over Qatif carnageArab News

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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 7:55 am

David Cameron tells EU leaders: I will talk about reform until deal is done – The Guardian


The Guardian

David Cameron tells EU leaders: I will talk about reform until deal is done
The Guardian
David Cameron has warned fellow European leaders that he wants to get on with EU reform and will bring it up at every summit for the foreseeable future, while dismissing the objections of foreign politicians as “noise”. The prime minister said he was not …
Cameron in Riga voices determination to deliver EU reform for BritonsXinhua
David Cameron must fight for bold, comprehesive EU reformTelegraph.co.uk
David Cameron hints at early EU referendum during Riga visitThe Independent
euronews
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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 7:47 am

Eiffel Tower closed as workers strike over pickpocket concerns – The Independent


The Independent

Eiffel Tower closed as workers strike over pickpocket concerns
The Independent
The Eiffel Tower has closed to the public as workers protest a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout has come a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital …
Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpocketsTampabay.com

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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 7:41 am

US threatens peace in South China Sea, Beijing says – CNN


CNN

US threatens peace in South China Sea, Beijing says
CNN
China is reportedly building an airbase in the disputed waters of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Island. (CNN) — The Chinese government is calling U.S. surveillance flights over the South China Sea a threat to peace in the region and warning that they could …
US Flies Over a Chinese Project at Sea, and Beijing ObjectsNew York Times
China-US tensions rise over man-made islandsSky News Australia
Beijing strongly protests against US spy plane encounterecns

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Posted on 23 May 2015 | 6:52 am

Bangkok: students protest against military rule – Channel 4 News


Channel 4 News

Bangkok: students protest against military rule
Channel 4 News
Students stage protests against the Thai authorities, a year after the army seized power from an elected government. Please wait while this video loads. If it doesn't load after a few seconds you may need to have Adobe Flash installed. Video: Channel 4 News …
Detained Thai students 'merely invited for talks': policeBusiness Standard
Detained Thai students "merely invited for talks"The Sun Daily
PM insists shelters will be temporaryBangkok Post
The Straits Times -Chandigarh Tribune
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Posted on 22 May 2015 | 4:19 pm