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The Latest on IS: US Promises 2,000 Rockets to Iraq

May 26
The U.S. military says it will provide some 2,000 anti-tank rockets to Iraq "within the next week" to help it fight the Islamic State group.

How Does Ireland's Vote to Approve Gay Marriage Relate to Debate Over Issue in US?

By David Crary | May 26
Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

Ireland's First Gay Marriage Possible by July, Minister Says

May 26
Some of Ireland's gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.

California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

By Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer | May 25
California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

Irish Gays Wake Up to Whole New World: When's the Wedding?

By Shawn Pogatchnik | May 24
Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

Putin Signs Russian Law to Shut 'Undesirable' Organizations

May 24
President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.

Sweden Wins Eurovision Song Contest While Russia is Booed

By George Jahn | May 24
Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.

Notable Quotes from the Irish Referendum on Gay Marriage

May 24
Some reaction Saturday to Ireland's national vote on legalizing gay marriage:

Ireland Backs Legalizing Gay Marriage by a Landslide

May 23
Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation.

Final Preparations Begin for Eurovision Song Contest

May 23
Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest - except for the weather.

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