While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 26

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Vote to end abortion ban in Ireland tipped to win by a landslide, exit poll shows

The people of Ireland are set to liberalise some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, an exit poll showed on Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe's most socially conservative countries.

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed a referendum by a margin of 68 per cent to 32 per cent.

Turnout could be one of the highest for a referendum, national broadcaster RTE reported, potentially topping the 61 per cent who backed gay marriage by a large margin in 2015 as voters queued outside polling stations throughout the day in the blistering sunshine.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is in favour of change and has called the referendum a once-in-a-generation chance, said earlier on Friday that he was "quietly confident" that the high turnout was a good sign.


FBI says foreign hackers have compromised home router devices around the world

The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic.

The US law enforcement agency urged the owners of many brands of routers to turn them off and on again and download updates from the manufacturer to protect themselves.

The warning followed a court order on Wednesday that allowed the FBI to seize a website that the hackers planned to use to give instructions to the routers. Though that cut off malicious communications, it still left the routers infected, and Friday's warning was aimed at cleaning up those machines.


Football: Confident Liverpool show no signs of fearing Real

Real Madrid head into Saturday's Champions League final as defending champions and seeking their fourth European title in five years but opponents Liverpool give no indication of fearing Zinedine Zidane's side.

A third straight win for Real would be unprecedented in the Champions League era but despite the Spaniards' rich experience, Juergen Klopp's team are certainly not lacking in self-belief.

"We know that Real Madrid are a fantastic team with fantastic players but we also believe that we have a good team as well and we need to go and perform at the level I know we are capable of. I feel that if we do that then we can definitely hurt Madrid," said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.


Golf: McIlroy storms into lead at PGA Championship

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy blazed a trail to the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with a scintillating seven-under 65 in his second round at Wentworth on Friday.

Starting the day a couple of shots behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard, McIlroy gave an iron-play masterclass and matched it with a fine putting display to card seven birdies as he moved to 12 under for the tournament.

He will go into the weekend three shots clear of 21-year-old Englishman Sam Horsfield and four ahead of another home player Tommy Fleetwood who almost matched McIlroy with a superb 66.


'We got you': Accusers of Harvey Weinstein relieved, elated at rape charges

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Women in Hollywood expressed relief, hope and vindication on Friday (May 25) as movie producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein was met by dozens of photographers and camera crews as he walked into a New York City police station to be charged with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act involving two unidentified women. He was later released on a US$1 million (S$1.3 million) cash bond.

Weinstein, 66, denies having nonconsensual sex with anyone, and his attorney said his client would plead not guilty.


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