The Brief

A pro-equality mural by artist Joe Caslin on the side of the Mercantile building in Dublin on April 18, 2015.
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Gay Marriage Faces Ireland Test

Ireland may become the first country to support gay marriage by a popular vote when it holds a referendum on Friday. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow marriages "by two persons without distinction as to their sex"

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6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray's Death

Six officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, the latest milestone in a case that brought riots to the city and reignited the national debate over police force

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Suspect in Killings of Wealthy D.C. Family Arrested

A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested on Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion that was later set on fire

Activists hold placards as they take part in a vigil in what organizers said was in "remembrance of black women and girls killed by the police," in Union Square, Manhattan, New York May 20, 2015.

Topless Women Rally Against Perceived Police Brutality

A group of black women staged a topless protest in downtown San Francisco on Thursday against the killing of black women and girls by police. Protesters held signs with the hashtag #SayHerName and posters with the names and pictures of those who have died

Rescued migrants sit on an Acehnese fishing boat upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia, May 20, 2015

Burma Rescues Over 200 Boat People Off Western Coast

Burma says its navy has rescued 208 migrants aboard two fishing trawlers off the coast of Rakhine state, where most of the Rohingya-minority Muslims have been fleeing persecution in the majority-Buddhist nation and thousands became stranded at sea

Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.on Aug. 29, 2014.

Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council

Reality-television star Josh Duggar, the eldest son in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, resigned from Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council on Thursday in the wake of serious child-molestation allegations

Junior United States Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy addresses journalists in Budapest on Jan. 31, 2014.

Senator Says GOP Plan After Obamacare Is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A Democratic Senator used a popular Internet symbol on Thursday to describe what he says is the Republican plan should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act. "The Republicans plan," he said, "is essentially a shrug of the shoulders"

Samit Aich, executive director of Greenpeace India, gestures as he addresses the media during a news conference in New Delhi, India, May 21, 2015

Greenpeace India Employees to Work for Free

Weeks after Greenpeace India said that it might have to shut down owing to regulatory action to block its bank accounts, the environmental group's employees have pledged to work for free to keep the organization going

Bikers at Twin Peaks restaurant, May 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas

The Generation Gap Behind the Waco Biker Shootout

In the wake of a shootout between motorcycle clubs and cops in Waco, Texas, that left nine dead, experts say the melee traces its roots to a generational shift in the makeup of the clubs, with a new wave of members putting pressure on the old guard