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Heat Wave In India Kills Over 500 People

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Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which ... Read More »

Around 25 Kenyan Police Killed In Al Shabaab Attacks

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Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police on Monday, ambushing some officers in a village in the east of the country after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by the militants, their military spokesman said. The Islamist group also burnt five vehicles in the two incidents, ... Read More »

Military Operation Begins To Liberate Iraq’s Anbar Province From Islamic State

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraq formally announced on Tuesday the start of a military operation to liberate the western province of Anbar from Islamic State insurgents. According to a report by Reuters, Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashid Shaabi, which are taking part, said in a news conference broadcast ... Read More »

Malaysia Exhumes Suspected Migrant Remains From Graves

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Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants were held for ransom in jungle camps, and those who died were buried in 139 graves. BBC was there: Thousands of migrants have left Myanmar and Bangladesh in recent ... Read More »

China Nursing Home Fire Kills 38 In Henan

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A fire at a care home for elderly people in China’s Henan province has killed 38 people, state media report. Another six people were injured in the fire, which broke out at the privately run Kangleyuan home in Pingdingshan city on Monday night. BBC reports: Two of the injured were in ... Read More »

Mexico And Texas Hit By Deadly Storms

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Not less than 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas. BBC was there: The US state has had big ... Read More »

Burundi Opposition Figure Shot Dead In Capital

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A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. Reuters report: Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party ... Read More »

Saudi Forces And Yemen’s Houthis Trade Heavy Fire, Destroys Border Crossing

Houthi rebels transport part of a Saudi fighter jet found in Bani Harith district north of Yemen's capital Sanaa May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi forces and Yemen’s Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. Reuters has more: The Haradh border crossing, the largest for people and goods between the world’s top ... Read More »

Iraq Launch Counterattack Against ISIS Near Ramadi

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After days of ISIS fighters advancing east out of Ramadi, an alliance of Iraqi forces opposed to the terror group have launched a counterattack — hoping to push them away from a key Iraqi military base and the country’s capital. CNN has more: The Iraqis repelled an ISIS attack on ... Read More »

Poland Election: Komorowski And Duda In Run-off Vote

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Poles are going to the polls to choose its new president in a run-off vote. In the first round on 10 May, neither Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda nor incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski gained the 50% needed to win outright. Mr Duda edged Mr Komorowski, who had been the favourite and is looking for ... Read More »

Malaysia Finds ‘Migrant’ Mass Graves Near Thai Border

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Several mass graves thought to contain bodies of migrants have been found in Malaysia, authorities say. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Malayia’s Star newspaper as saying the graves were found in 17 abandoned trafficking camps near the Thai border. BBC was there: He did not know how many bodies ... Read More »

Houthis claim they’ve downed Saudi fighter jet

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Rebels are claiming to have shot down a Saudi Arabian fighter jet on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, a Houthi military official said, but the Yemeni Embassy in Washington denied the claim as the Saudis remained silent. The Houthi official said the downed jet was an F-16, and several images ... Read More »

ISIS Executes 262, as it takes ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Group Says

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When ISIS captures a city, the bloodshed is hardly over, as the militants summarily execute captive fighters and residents by the dozens. In Syria, they have killed more than 250 of them in less than two weeks. At least 13 of the victims were children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human ... Read More »

Somali MP Yusuf Dirir killed in Mogadishu attack

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A Somali member of parliament has been shot dead in Mogadishu in an attack by suspected Islamist militants. Security officials said that Yusuf Dirir was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car. BBC has more: Three workers from the Transport Ministry also died in a separate drive-by shooting on Saturday. The ... Read More »

Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi ‘in days’ – PM Abadi

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The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants “in days”, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC. But he said more support was needed from international coalition partners. BBC was there: Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS ... Read More »

Tunisian soldier opens fire on troops at Tunis base

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A Tunisian soldier has been shot dead after opening fire on other troops at a military base in Tunis, according to the country’s defence ministry. BBC has more: Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told the AFP news agency that some of the troops had been wounded but he did not say ... Read More »

U.S. Suspends Burundi Peacekeeping Training Over Protests

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The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations. Reuters has more: A decision by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza last month to stand for a ... Read More »

Teacher Arrested, Accused Of Letting Students Have s*x In Classroom In Atlanta

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An Atlanta-area teacher was arrested after a parent accused him of letting middle-school students have s*x in his classroom. Quinton Wright is charged with four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said. He was booked into jail Tuesday and released after posting ... Read More »

China Cracks Down On Cleavage Exposure At Cosplay Convention

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Organizers of Asia’s largest digital entertainment expo — where scantily clad models usually dress up as characters from comic books, movies and video games — say they will levy a fine of $800 on women who reveal “more than two centimeters of cleavage.” CNN was there: Men are not exempt ... Read More »

Mexico Gang Shoot-out Leaves Dozens Dead

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Not less than 43 people have been killed in a shoot-out in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. Friday’s gunfight between security forces and an armed gang took place in Tanhuato near the Jalisco state border. The violence is thought to be drug-related and officials have said that at least one police officer ... Read More »