Ireland Says ‘Yes’ to Marriage Equality
Full Article The Daily Beast
23 May 2015

Jubilant scenes on a historic day for Ireland, as the country votes by a sweeping majority to legalize same sex marriage. It’s all over bar the singing. Ireland has become the first country in the world to introduce same sex marriage on the basis of a popular vote, after the ‘Yes’ side scored a stunning victory in the referendum held yesterday. The...

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Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015. Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution.
photo: AP / Peter Morrison

updated 09 Feb 2015; published 09 Feb 2015
The Yank Movie is a Hilarious Comedy Smash!
updated 19 Feb 2015; published 19 Feb 2015
The Making Of The Yank: The Yank Behind The Scenes. **Exclusive** video
updated 15 Jan 2015; published 15 Jan 2015
The Yank Trailer
updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum 'Yes' Campaign Poised for Victory
updated 17 Feb 2015; published 17 Feb 2015
The Yank Movie Behind The Scenes Footage Ireland **Exclusive**
updated 27 Mar 2013; published 04 Dec 2012
Lynette Callaghan Ireland Footage Exclusive Leaked Video
US Senate blocks bill to end NSA phone data collection
Full Article BBC News
23 May 2015

23 May 2015 From the section US & Canada The NSA has come under increased scrutiny since the Snowden revelations The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have ended the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). It also failed to authorise a temporary extension of the current legislation. Senators are...

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File - Edward Snowden, shown on a livestream from Moscow, is awarded the Right Livelihood Award ceremony at the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Monday Dec. 1, 2014.
photo: AP / TT, Pontus Lundahl

updated 16 May 2015; published 16 May 2015
House of Representatives Approves Bill To End NSA Data Collection
updated 02 Jul 2014; published 01 Nov 2013
Senate NSA reform gives agency even more spying powers
updated 14 May 2015; published 14 May 2015
Senate faces pressure on NSA spying
updated 07 May 2015; published 07 May 2015
PBS NewsHour full episode May 7, 2015
updated 16 May 2015; published 16 May 2015
House of Representatives Approves Bill To End NSA Data Collection
updated 07 May 2015; published 07 May 2015
Senate Leaders Battle Over NSA Ruling
Islamic State seizes Iraq-Syria border post consolidating 'caliphate'
Full Article The Siasat Daily
23 May 2015

May 23: The Islamic State group today kept up a counteroffensive that has rocked US strategy, seizing a key border crossing after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a renowned Syrian heritage site. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier “caliphate” with the capture of the Al-Tanaf...

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have reinforced their self-declared "caliphate" with the capture of the Al-Tanaf to Al-Walid crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway.22 May 2015.
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updated 27 Sep 2014; published 27 Sep 2014
US-led strikes hit jihadists attacking Syria Kurd town on Turkish border
updated 12 Oct 2014; published 12 Oct 2014
Syria - No Place Like Home
updated 11 Oct 2014; published 11 Oct 2014
Amazing Khmer - Iraq's Wars Against ISIS; On the frontline with Islamic State
updated 19 Jul 2014; published 19 Jul 2014
Assad Seeks To Recapture Syrian Oil Field.
updated 27 Sep 2014; published 27 Sep 2014
ISIL forces bombed near besieged Kurdish town
updated 19 Jun 2014; published 19 Jun 2014
Syrian Extremists drive Humvee captured by the ISIS from the Iraqi Army
43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west Mexico
Full Article Deccan Chronicle
23 May 2015

Ecuandureo, Mexico: At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security...

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Mexican state police stand guard at the entrance of Rancho del Sol, near Vista Hermosa, Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015.
photo: AP / Refugio Ruiz

updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west
updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
43 Killed in Mexico Drug Cartel -- Biggest official Death Toll Yet from a Mexican security forces
updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
Mexican officials: 43 killed in major offensive against drug cartel
updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard
updated 23 May 2015; published 23 May 2015
Gun battle on Mexican ranch leaves at least 42 cartel members dead in THREE HOUR bloody stand-off w
updated 12 May 2014; published 12 May 2014
Cops Investigating Death Threats By Bundy Ranch Militia
Islamic State and the battle for Iraq
Full Article The Irish Times
23 May 2015

The seizure of the central Iraqi town of Ramadi by the forces of Islamic State raises crucial questions for the government of Iraq and the international community. The jihadists’ advance, together with their capture, on Wednesday, of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, runs counter to the narrative of an organisation weakened by airstrikes and...

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Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz bridge fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
photo: AP / Karim Kadim

updated 26 Jan 2015; published 26 Jan 2015
Iraq's New Sunni Recruits Say Outgunned in Fight against Islamic State
updated 14 Aug 2014; published 14 Aug 2014
The Islamic State (Full Length)
updated 20 Aug 2014; published 20 Aug 2014
Iraqi forces battle Sunni rebels for Ramadi
updated 29 Oct 2014; published 29 Oct 2014
ISIS massacres Sunni tribesmen in Iraq
updated 22 Jun 2014; published 22 Jun 2014
Sunni rebels seize more towns in Iraq
updated 02 Jul 2014; published 02 Jul 2014
Iraq Sunni Mufti: ISIS and Al Qaeda Slaughtered 300 Sunni Clerics (English Subtitles)

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The People's Voice
John Kerry and Victoria Nuland are warriors, not peacemakers - neocons masquerading as diplomats. They deplore peace. They live by the sword. They foster violence and instability...
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Al Jazeera
It was fashionable during the early phase of the Syrian revolution to predict Bashar al-Assad's demise. But when the Syrian president defied all expectations and hung on to power...
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Huffington Post
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal plan aims to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly,...

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech on nonproliferation before the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
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WASHINGTON: Top aides to former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The...
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Traders swirl around fellow trader Kevin Coulter, second from right, as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, April 5, 2010
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US stocks ended weaker on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year, in line with Wall Street's expectations. Lackadaisical trading volume during the session ended a...
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Gunfight in western Mexico
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a fight between armed civilians and security forces, two government...
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Ivan Marquez, center, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is accompanied by fellow members of his team, from left, Marco Leon Calarca, Ricardo Tellez, Pablo Catatumbo, Tanja Nijmeijer and Jesus Santrich, during the peace talks with Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 26, 2013.
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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have called off a five-month-old unilateral ceasefire in response to an airstrike by the government forces, which killed 26 of its members. “We didn’t plan to suspend the ceasefire,”...
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File - UN Police at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) lead a security sweep of the UN Tomping compound, currently serving as a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) escaping the ongoing violence throughout the country, 14 January, 2014.
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South Sudanese government tanks backed by helicopter gunships have pushed back rebels from a key oil town, state television showed, as the UN condemned an "entirely man-made catastrophe." Tanks are shown firing as a helicopter gunship on Friday -...
photo: UN / Isaac Billy
A demonstrator faces police in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 20, 2015.
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Thousands of anti-government protesters in Burundi marched on the streets of the capital Bujumbura Friday, defying one of the heaviest pushes by police to end weeks of demonstrations. Protesters also torched election materials in two separate attacks...
photo: AP / Jerome Delay
Thai police officers line up in the shade as they provide security at the business district in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Police in Thailand have taken into custody several people protesting against the military government in the country on the first anniversary of a coup that saw the rise to power of incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha. According to an AFP report...
photo: AP / Apichart Weerawong