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Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said May 27
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women for the fifth straight year but Hillary Clinton is snapping at her heels, the magazine said May 26
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on May 26 that a nuclear-armed Iran would be "a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive" than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, his office said
The EU on May 27 asked its member states to admit over the next two years 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who have already landed in Italy and Greece.
An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on May 26
Pope Francis’ finance chief said May 27 he was ready to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the nation’s most notorious pedophile priest insisted the pair had little to do with each other.
Some 20,000 residents in the western German city of Cologne are being forced to evacuate their homes after authorities discovered a 200-kilogram bomb from World War II
Iraqi forces launched a broad operation on May 26 to tighten the noose on jihadists controlling Anbar, but Shiite militias gave it a name that risked raising sectarian tensions.
British voters will be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" on remaining in the European Union in a referendum to be held by the end of 2017, media reported May 27
BRUSSELS - Agence France-Presse
SKOPJE - Agence France-Presse
More than 20,000 people rallied in Macedonia's capital on May 17 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's government which is grappling with a deep political crisis and an outbreak of violence.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Agence France-Presse
Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral May 24, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term
Burundi polls postponed to June
A Burundian official says the president has signed a decree to postpone parliamentary elections for a week from May 26 until early June
Burundi elections may be delayed after coup bid: Presidency
Parliamentary and presidential elections due to take place in Burundi in May and June could be delayed in the wake of the coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza, his office said May 17
JERUSALEM - Agence France-Presse
MOVSES - Agence France-Presse
Locals sigh with relief as their Armenian village of Movses, close to the border with Azerbaijan, disappears in the lilac mist rolling down from the Kardash mountain, where Azeri snipers have fortified positions.
MEXICO CITY – Agence France-Presse
Families await 42 bodies, answers after Mexico gunfight
Families of 42 criminal suspects killed in a gunfight with federal forces in western Mexico angrily waited outside a morgue May 24 for their bodies and answers from the authorities.
US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple
A white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter May 23
MOSCOW - The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law May 23 giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down
BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia - Reuters
Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, on May 26 began pulling out bodies from shallow graves found in abandoned jungle camps where an inter-governmental body said hundreds of victims of human traffickers may be buried.
WASHINGTON – Reuters
S. Korea, US, Japan envoys discuss N. Korea nuclear concerns
Nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Seoul on May 27, seeking a way forward to revive long-stalled, six-party talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons programme.
Australia and Turkey to counter wannabe jihadists together
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot raised concerns about Australians traveling to Turkey to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during his recent visit to Turkey.
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