Jonathan Powell played a key role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland. In a new book, he says the lessons he learned there can be applied to terrorists conflicts around the world — including with ISIS. He says we just need to bring them to the table for negotiations.
No other country in the world has had a popular vote to allow same-sex couples to marry — and that's just fine with some LGBT activists. They say minority rights aren't a question for popular votes, and they're afraid of rejection, even in Ireland.
Polls say Ireland will become the first country on Earth to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. But while dissenters, including the Catholic Church, haven't spoken out loudly, the vote on Friday might still be closer than expected.
During a wedding in Ireland last year, Father Ray Kelly stepped to the microphone and sang a version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." One attendee posted the performance on You Tube, and now Kelly has a record contract and his debut album has been released.
Amid the celebrations this St Patrick's Day, there are also more somber commemorations taking place. In Mexico and in a small town in Galway, Ireland, they are remembering the hundreds of Irishmen who died fighting for Mexico against the United States: the San Patricio Battalion.
If the mere mention of the word bagpipe causes your mind to wander off to the windswept Scottish Highlands, hang on! There's a group of passionate bagpipe campaigners on a quest to show there's more to the pipes than playing on the heath in a kilt.
Europe's central banker has unveiled a plan to ease the euro crisis — and markets seem to believe him. He aims to stabilize Spanish and Italian finances by promising to buy bonds in unlimited quantities, but only if they agree to swallow more austerity.