Organisers of Live Earth, a set of global concerts backed by Al Gore aimed at pushing for urgent action on climate change, on Friday announced a delay. Live Earth had announced shows on each inhabited continent for June 18 featuring more than 100 artists to raise pressure for a strong agreement at a UN-led climate conference in Paris at the end of the year. Representatives however said Friday that no events would take place on June 18, and instead a free concert would be held near the Eiffel Tower in Paris sometime in the autumn.
By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favour the 'Yes' side. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote. Irish national broadcaster RTE estimated turnout was likely to reach 60 percent in Dublin, which would be the highest in a referendum for years.
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.