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Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

DUBAI - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.

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Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. | Video

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Contest for Nokia's HERE seen as a three-way race

NECKARSULM, Germany - The contest for Nokia's maps business has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China's Tencent and Navinfo, people familiar with the process said.

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Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 39: officials

MEXICO CITY - At least 39 people were killed on Friday in a fight between armed civilians and security forces in western Mexico, two government officials said.

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Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

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How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush's economic vision for U.S.

WASHINGTON - There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

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Islamic State expands its 'state'

BEIRUT - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. | Video