Shell believes Arctic production can be competitive if the reserves it finds are large enough

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‘Ireland is nonetheless historic because this is the first nation in the world to enshrine the right of same-sex couples to marry into its Constitution by means of a popular referendum.’ Above, people  in Dublin reacting to results coming in from constituencies around Ireland. Photograph:  EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY

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An image of Oscar Romero looks down on his beatification ceremony  in San Salvador. More than 250,000 people gathered in the capital for the occasion.  Photograph: Rodrigo Sura/EPA

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We could be the first country to energise its industrial and social frameworks by embracing population ageing as a positive phenomenon. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

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Police officials in the  area around the huge ranch after the fierce battle in which over 40 are reported dead

More than 40 people have been killed in what authorities said was a fierce battle between suspected drug gang gunmen and government forces on a ranch (...)

 Billy Graham at his home  near Asheville, North Carolina in 2006. Photograph:  Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

In the prologue to America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation Grant Wacker says(...)

A federal police officer stands guard outside a ranch where gunmen took cover during an intense gun battle with the police along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Vista Hermosa, Michoacan State, Mexico, on May 22nd, 2015. One official said two police had been killed in the shootout, while the other said three police had died. Photograph: Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a battle between suspected gang members and security forces, two government official(...)

Colombian soldiers carry the body of a comrade killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, Colombia, last month. Farc rebels on Friday suspended a ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters. Photograph: Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga/Files

Colombia’s Marxist Farc rebels suspended a unilateral ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters, the guerrilla group said on Friday,(...)