Ireland

UPDATE 2-Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

* For Take A Look, please click on: (Updates with reports of high turnout)

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Ireland threatens to penalise banks unless mortgage rates cut 2:38pm BST

DUBLIN - Ireland is considering penalising Irish banks if they don't cut mortage rates deemed too high by the government in coming weeks, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Ireland threatens to penalise banks unless mortgage rates cut 2:19pm BST

* Fin Min says banks have agreed to reduce costs by July (Adds details, quotes)

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Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum 21 May 2015

DUBLIN - Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.

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Ireland looks set to back gay marriage in landmark referendum 21 May 2015

DUBLIN - Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.

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Charles talks of murdered 'grandfather I never had' 21 May 2015

SLIGO, Ireland - Prince Charles spoke on Wednesday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him "the grandfather I never had."

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QPR striker Austin gets first England call-up 21 May 2015

LONDON - Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin received his first England call-up on Thursday when he was named in their 24-man squad for next month's friendly against Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Soccer-QPR striker Austin gets first England call-up 21 May 2015

LONDON, May 21 - Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin received his first England call-up on Thursday when he was named in their 24-man squad for next month's friendly against Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Ex-Irish Central Bank head says regulation couldn't have stopped crisis 21 May 2015

DUBLIN - The former head of Ireland's central bank on Thursday said he regretted his failure to foresee the country's 2008 financial meltdown, but in his first public appearance since the crisis said financial regulation alone could not have prevented it.

Ex-Irish Central Bank head says regulation couldn't have stopped crisis 21 May 2015

DUBLIN, May 21 - The former head of Ireland's central bank on Thursday said he regretted his failure to foresee the country's 2008 financial meltdown, but in his first public appearance since the crisis said financial regulation alone could not have prevented it.

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

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.