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May 21, 2015

Ireland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Republic of Ireland will administer a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. If passed, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by means of a popular vote.
Political instability hinders earthquake recovery in Nepal. Following the deadliest earthquakes in Nepal's history, experts say a lack of political cohesion and clarity has hindered relief efforts. The country has experienced political instability in recent years, as lawmakers have been unable to agree upon a permanent constitution. 
Thai military junta agrees to constitutional referendum. On Tuesday, Thailand's ruling junta and the existing cabinet agreed to amend the interim constitution to allow for a public referendum on the new draft constitution. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-gnam stated that the amendment will not mandate a referendum, but election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn expects the referendum to take place in January of 2016, followed by general elections in August.
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