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Ireland legalizes gay marriage

Nation has voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.”

Japan’s push to revise its constitution isn’t a bid to deny history, Abe ally says

But worries are growing that the government is trying to amend the U.S.-drafted charter by stealth.

Nigerian senator-elect wanted by U.S. for alleged drug smuggling is arrested

Buruji Kashamu is suspected of being the kingpin whose scheme set off events in “Orange Is the New Black.”

Shiite militia, Iraqi army launch counteroffensive at Ramadi

Iraqi prime minister had been reluctant to send in militiamen out of fears of raising tension with Sunnis.

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NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, U.S. general says

NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, U.S. general says

Civilians would lead the post-2016 NATO mission, but some troops would also remain in Kabul.

Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State’s biggest win this year

Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State’s biggest win this year

The fall of Ramadi also showed the limited impact of U.S. airstrikes.

In El Salvador, beatification of slain archbishop reopens old wounds

In El Salvador, beatification of slain archbishop reopens old wounds

Two decades after the end of the civil war, Archbishop Romero still faces criticism in his home country.

Yes or no? Catholic Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

Yes or no? Catholic Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

Polls suggest that the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage will be approved. But activists expressed caution.

Officials: Mexico shootout leaves dozens dead

Officials: Mexico shootout leaves dozens dead

The shootout in the western state of Michoacan involved a drug cartel and security forces.

Islamic State asserts responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State asserts responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Health Ministry reported 21 dead in the first attack claimed by the militant group in the country.

Wary of Russia, Europe now tiptoes when it comes to expansion

Wary of Russia, Europe now tiptoes when it comes to expansion

In a victory for the Kremlin, ex-communist nations find the door to Europe has slammed in their faces.

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Preparing for tourists, Havana gets a facelift

Ahead of what is expected to be a large surge of American travelers, a real estate market is emerging in Cuba.

Escaping the rat race in Japan

Some Japanese towns are taking steps to draw young people to a new kind of rural life.

Lt. Col. Michael B. Baka honors the dead during ‘Flags In’ ceremony

He will become deputy commander of the “Old Guard,” which performs horse-drawn funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

Supporters cheer referendum on gay marriage in Ireland

In the world’s first national vote on the issue, people turned out across the country to cast their ballot.

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U.S. Naval Academy plebes mark the end of the school year, oil coats a California coast and more from the week’s news.

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Flags for Memorial Day, Joan Baez receives human rights award, a solar halo over Mexico City and more.

Day in photos

A preview of the One World Trade Center observation deck, Letterman’s last show and more from top news.

Islamic State at the gates of Palmyra

Reports indicate that militants are positioned near a famous Roman-era city in Syria.

Thailand, Indonesia face migrant crisis

More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh have tried the dangerous boat crossing.

Day in photos

Oil on the California coast, saving honeybees, ducklings rescued from a storm drain and more.

Animal views

Alpacas that produce wool, a bear up a tree, a baby gorilla and owlets huddling together.

Protesters, soldiers face off in Burundi

Violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek another term despite a constitutional limit.

An underground city of the dead in Jerusalem

As a result of dwindling burial space, a giant network of tunnels is being built with 22,000 crypts for the project’s first phase.

Day in photos

Herndon Monument Climb, the face of Shakespeare discovered, Ireland to vote on same-sex marriage and more.

Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia

An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 58.

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Chelsea Flower Show, Vienna Life Ball, Preakness Stakes and more.