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Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city's famed Roman ruins will be des

China lodges complaint with U.S. over spy plane flight

China said it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world's two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China's land reclamation in the Spratly islands. China last week said it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over are

Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. Ch

Malaysia finds 139 graves in 'cruel' jungle trafficking camps

By Praveen Menon WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for smugglers

Air France flight escorted to New York after threat: report

An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was to be taken to a secure area at the New York airport to be searched, according to the report. Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, ABC News

Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting: residents

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. Dalea had been a bastion of southern secessionists in Yemen before the Houthis took wide

French president revives political duo with his ex

PARIS (AP) — A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children.

The Latest: Cotton wad and all, Kyrgios brings character

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Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma leaves at least three dead

Rescuers searched Monday for at least 12 people missing in spectacular flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that also left at least three dead. The raging waters destroyed hundreds of homes and sent cars floating down streets, rolling and bobbing like giant toys. In the Texas city of San Marcos, residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as flood waters rose menacingly around them, following

Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino's rescuers gave her a name: Hope.

Burundi demonstrator shot dead as protest erupts in south

A demonstrator was shot dead and two others wounded in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura. The protester was killed when local police opened fire on a group of around a hundred demonstrators in Muyange in Bururi province, around 60 kilometres (38 miles) southeast of the capita

IMF's Blanchard says Greek budget proposals insufficient to ensure a surplus: paper

Greece's budget proposals are insufficient to ensure a surplus this year, International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard was quoted as saying on Monday. Blanchard told French financial daily Les Echos in an interview that Greece was supposed to have a 3 percent 2015 budget surplus, but that this goal was probably not realistic at the moment. "Considering that the most recent estimat

Capello set target of World Cup semifinal with Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.

Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing bloggers

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

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 saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a hig

Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake: U.N.

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 2

Mozambique agriculture plan could displace 100,000 farmers: activists

By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document. The Lurio River Valley Development Project in the country's northeast aims to produce cotton, corn, sugar, ethanol and

South Sudan town's residents return fearfully

Residents of Leer, a South Sudan town targeted in a government offensive, have begun returning to their homes from the surrounding swamps where they had sought shelter, aid workers said Monday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) returned to Leer at the weekend for the first time since being forced to pull out some of its staff and suspend operations as government forces approach

Opposition leader says Burundi not ready for polls

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi is not ready for parliamentary or presidential elections next month because the government is curtailing freedoms including preventing the opposition from campaigning, a leading opposition candidate said Monday, as protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office continued in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.

Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said forensics experts were exhuming the sus

Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business

By Karen Sanje LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand. Alex Thom, standing by his bags of charcoal on the roadside at Bale in Rumphi in northern Malawi, said he and others make charcoal by smoldering wood because it provides stea

Berdych breezes past Japanese qualifier at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Getting past his first round opponent at the French Open was easy. Breaking the Big Four domination will be a lot harder for Tomas Berdych.

Brazil prison riot leaves at least 7 dead

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left at least seven dead after a fight between two gangs escalated and led to about 70 people, many visiting family members, being held hostage for several hours.

United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.

Burkina Faso exhumes remains of former president Sankara in murder probe

By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African nation since 1987. Sankara's relatives have for years pressed for his body to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup

Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.

Congo soldiers clash with Rwandan rebels in transit camp

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese soldiers clashed with Rwandan Hutu rebels being held in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, wounding at least six, as an agreement to move the rebels from one transit camp to another fell apart. Congolese troops were moving rebel officers from a camp in Kanyabayonga in North Kivu province, which is run jointly by the country's United Nation

England 5 wickets from beating NZ in 1st test at Lord's

LONDON (AP) — England needed five more wickets in the final session to beat New Zealand in a thrilling first test at Lord's on Monday.


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