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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
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A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritize saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.
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The U.S. Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy Friday and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Intense gunfight kills 43 in troubled Mexico region
Mexican federal forces killed at least 42 suspected cartel members Friday during a three-hour gunfight on a ranch in a violence-torn western region, marking one of the drug war's bloodiest battles.
IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21
An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions.
Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet
The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.
Taiwan -- Taipei Dome partially resumes construction
Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min (林洲民) said yesterday that partial construction has resumed on the south side of the controversial Taipei Dome project.
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Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat
Myanmar's navy Friday said it had carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat after mounting international pressure, as the U.N. warned the impending monsoon rains imperil thousands still stranded at sea.
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Beijing's top official in charge of cross-strait affairs is set to meet his Taipei counterpart today in Taiwan to discuss mostly economic matters.
China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a U.S. surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings.
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army: OSCE
KIEV - European mediators in the Ukrainian crisis said Thursday that two men captured by Kiev's troops had confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces sent in to back up pro-Moscow separatist fighters.
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Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage
DUBLIN - Ireland goes to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.
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Washington - The United States hopes to continue its close cooperation with Taiwan achieved in recent years, a U.S. State Department official said Thursday, stressing that an important ingredient of that close cooperation is the stable development of ties across the Taiwan Strait.
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Taiwan -- Ko talks graft cases with DPP councilors
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday visited Taipei City councilors from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to present a report on five major ongoing corruption scandals.
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