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

DUBAI - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers during Friday prayers in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

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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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Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

- A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage.

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Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalizing homosexuality, with a strong early turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. | Video

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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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Baltimore grand jury indicts police in death of Freddie Gray

- A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city.

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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