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Turnout high as Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation’s conservative Catholic foundation.

Amnesty International says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, rights group Amnesty International said in a report Friday.

European Union showing signs that it is wary of Russia, reluctant to expand

Fearful of provoking Russia, EU leaders gathering in Latvia have cooled their ambitions to partner with former Soviet countries.

Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing at Saudi mosque

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shi’ite mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed 21.

Beatification of slain archbishop reopens old wounds in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR — Thousands will celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, 35 years after he was shot during Mass. But for a politically divided country still struggling with high rates of violence, Romero’s ceremony has revived memories of a 12-year civil war that left tens of thousands dead.

China bristles at ‘very irresponsible’ US flight near disputed islands

China accused the United States of ‘‘very irresponsible’’ actions after a surveillance plane flew near South China Sea islands.


Michael A. Cohen

// Marco Rubio’s tough-guy act on foreign policy

There’s a lot more bark than bite to the presidential candidate’s fearmongering message.


John L. Allen Jr. | All things Catholic

// Francis’s defense of migrants, poor reflects his roots

While any pope would embrace those groups because of Catholic social teachings, Francis seems to feel a special biographical tug.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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