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The US Coast Guard rescued 28 oil workers from an offshore platform in the Gulf Of Mexico on Friday after a fire broke out. No one was reported hurt in the incident, but pilots noted a 1.4 nautical mile (2.6 kilometer) "rainbow sheen" on the water. "The well was shut in and production has ceased," a Coast Guard statement said.
A suicide bomber from the extremist Sunni IS also attacked a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, raising sectarian tensions in the region. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" by seizing Syria's Al-Tanaf crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway late Thursday. It was the last regime-held border crossing with Iraq.
While many voters in Ireland's referendum on introducing same-sex marriage were strolling around Dublin wearing "Yes" badges Friday, many "No" voters were keeping it to themselves. On the corner of plush Merrion Square, outside the childhood home of 19th-century writer Oscar Wilde, there were two placards on the nearest lamp-post, one reading "Vote Yes" and the other "Equality for everybody". At Dublin Port, around 30 Irish emigrants sailed over from Britain to vote "Yes", arriving in home-made t-shirts, cheering and waving balloons and banners.