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High turnout seen favoring Yes in Irish gay marriage vote

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

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Eyeing competitiveness, Nordics debate more 'latte pappas' 22 May 2015

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Vienna shakes off fusty image as Eurovision carnival hits town 22 May 2015

VIENNA - Vienna hopes the final of the Eurovision Song Contest will show a new liberal and light-hearted side to the opulent Austrian capital when the jamboree of glitter, capes and power ballads hits town this weekend.

Ireland's gay referendum null

The Irish vote on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after they became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality.

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