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Death Of A Samurai

Japanese film star Toshiro Mifune died Wednesday of organ failure at a Tokyo hospital. He was 77. Mifune was beloved around the world as a swashbuckling samurai in half of his nearly 250 movies, leading some fans to brand him the Japanese John Wayne. Above, Mifune is shown with actress Machiko Kyo in a scene from “Roshomon,” directed by the great Akira Kurosawa in 1950.

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

UPDATED: 3:05 p.m.

Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.