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May 23, 2016 6:22 PM Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities: monitor

BEIRUT Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the cities that have up to now escaped the worst of the violence 15

May 23, 2016 2:14 PM 2 dead as Kenyan police attack electoral reform demos

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people died Monday when Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed demonstrators across the country who called for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. The two were shot dead in Siaya County, in western Kenya on the shore of Lake Victoria, according to Bonny Odinga, the county's 5

May 23, 2016 2:00 PM Financial flows of $208b to Africa in 2015 lower than 2014 – African Economic Outlook

While net financial flows to Africa in 2015 amounted to $208 billion, the amount was 1.8 per cent lower than in 2014 due to a contraction in investment, according to the 2016 African Economic Outlook, launched today May 23, 2016 at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia. The Report by the AfDB, the OECD Development 8

May 20, 2016 5:53 AM Apple to open Maps centre in India, Tim Cook announces

Apple will set up a new office in Hyderabad, India, to develop the Maps feature for its products. The announcement came a day after the company revealed plans to open an iOS app design centre in Bangalore, as CEO Tim Cook continues his charm offensive to boost sales in the world's second most populous country. Located in the technology hub of Hyderabad 17

May 19, 2016 6:38 AM Venezuela protesters brave tear gas to call for Maduro's ouster

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) - Venezuelan protesters demanded a referendum on ousting President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, defying riot police who fired tear gas and a state of emergency that the opposition has blasted as unconstitutional. But Maduro warned that if anti-government acts turned violent "I will not hesitate" to ratchet up the extraordinary 4

May 19, 2016 1:37 AM Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

"The task is to figure out what happened to them," the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides. ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka | Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages 25

May 18, 2016 11:15 PM More than 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka — Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with hundreds of families reported missing. By evening, rescuers had pulled 17 bodies from the mud and debris unleashed by several days of heavy 16

May 18, 2016 12:35 PM The Daily 202: Liberal allies turning on Bernie Sanders after Nevada donnybrook

-- Bernie Sanders won yesterday’s Democratic primary in Oregon by 8 points, and Hillary Clinton has declared victory in Kentucky. The AP says the Bluegrass State remains too close to call. The front-runner leads by about 2,000 votes out of half a million cast, less than one half of one percent. Asked whether Sanders would consider seeking a recount 198

May 18, 2016 2:31 AM French president stands firm on labour reforms amid new protests

French President Francois Hollande vowed to stick with his controversial attempts to reform the labour market, even as a new round of violent protests broke out. Police fired tear gas in central Paris as an initially peaceful protest organised by unions and students was disrupted by a more radical fringe. The labour reforms have sparked two months of protests 18

May 17, 2016 8:40 PM Wildfire Evacuees Tell Stories of Hope and Generosity

Our photographer met some of Fort McMurray’s 88,000 evacuees. Here are their stories. Almost 90,000 people have left their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, as a massive wildfire ravaged their town. They spent hours in traffic, unsure of where they were going. Many don’t know if the homes they left behind are still there, or when they can return 33