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Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

Video: A hyper-lapse look at the rows and rows of marriage referendum ballot-counters at Dublin's RDS Arena - @rtenews

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Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

Editor's note: Counting is under way in Ireland following yesterday's national referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, and lawmakers, ministers and activists on both sides are making statements suggesting it will pass. With 30 to 50 percent of ballot boxes recorded in parts of Dublin and Galway, tallies reported by @Independent_ie have the measure passing easily, while in areas including Louth and Donegal early results show a closer vote. If the referendum succeeds, Ireland will become the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage via a popular vote. - Tricia

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Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

Photo: A pallet of uncounted ballot boxes is wheeled into Dublin's RDS Arena as officials tally the outcome of same-sex marriage referendum - @Independent_ie

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

PM Dmitry Medevedev says Russia will adopt toughest possible position, defend national interests if Ukraine defaults on previous government's debts - @Reuters

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Britain's relationship with European Union

Bank of England confirms it is looking into risks of UK exiting the EU, after accidentally sending email to newspaper - @BBCNews

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Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

Director of Ireland's Iona Institute, which campaigned against legalizing same-sex marriage, tweets as early vote counts come in, 'Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done' - @Independent_ie

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Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen, TH

Detained student protesters in Khon Kaen, Thailand, released; activists were freed on condition they won't violate ban on political gatherings, local media reports - @BPbreakingnews

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United States

US Senate approves stopgap highway and transit funding bill - @thehill

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Japan

Japan pledges $450 million in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations - @nytimes

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NSA reform proposals

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Senate to reconvene May 31 after mutliple attempts to pass Patriot Act extensions fail; provisions in Patriot Act set to expire June 1 - @ChadPergram

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Peru

Peru suspends civil liberties in Tambo valley region after 4th death in anti-mining protests; suspended rights include freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and protection warrant-less searches, official says - @AP

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NSA reform proposals

US Senate blocks House bill aimed at overhauling NSA's contentious phone-surveillance program - @WSJbreakingnews

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Rohingya boat refugees

Indonesian officials tell Australian foreign minister most migrants stranded at sea in South Asia are illegal laborers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya - @STForeignDesk

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Texas, US

Texas State Senate approves bill allowing open carry of handguns; proposal now heads to House - @abc13houston

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NSA reform proposals

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says no agreement yet on NSA reform; next vote expected to come at 1 am ET - @Reuters

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks

President Obama calls US Senate's passage of fast track trade bill an 'important step toward ensuring the US can negotiate and enforce strong, high-standards trade agreements' - @Jordanfabian

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks

US Senate votes 62-37 to pass trade fast track bill; proposal now heads to House - @markknoller, @AP

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China

Senior official in southern China under investigation by anti-graft unit - @XHNews

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London, England, GB

Report: Brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is spotted in London at Eric Clapton concert - @SkyNews

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New Orleans, LA, US

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to quit using gmail for official business, will use city-issued account - @wdsu

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