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High turnout seen favouring Yes in Irish gay marriage vote 22 May 2015

DUBLIN - Irish voters turned out in droves to cast ballots in a gay marriage referendum on Friday, with the high turnout likely to favour the Yes side seeking equality just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality. | Video

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Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

22 May 2015

DUBAI - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. | Video

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Shell CEO backs fossil fuels, climate change warnings - Guardian

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- The world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said on Friday.

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Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane - Yellen

22 May 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was clearer than ever on Friday that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year, as the U.S. economy was set to bounce back from an early-year slump and as headwinds at home and abroad waned.

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Activists damage habitat in Seattle bay during Shell oil protests

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SEATTLE - Environmental activists who fanned out in small boats across a Seattle bay over the weekend in a protest over Royal Dutch Shell 's plans for Arctic oil exploration in the have damaged "precious habitat" on the sea floor, a state official said on Friday.

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China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'

22 May 2015

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

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Bloodbath in Mexico

More than 40 people are reportedly killed in Mexico's western state of Michoacan in a shootout between authorities and suspected gang members. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.