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  • Shi'ite militias deploy to take on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/shiite-militia-deploy-near-iraqs-ramadi-081747740.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/KB.QuLx3BHJ3JZYqbbwp7A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-05-23T081747Z_1007000001_LYNXMPEB4M02J_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-MIDEAST-CRISIS-IRAQ-RAMADI.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Members of the Iraqi army and Shi&#039;ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja" align="left" title="Members of the Iraqi army and Shi&#039;ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja" border="0" /></a>BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of Shi&#039;ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shi&#039;ite spokesman said, launching a counter-offensive to reverse stunning gains by the jihadi insurgents. The fall of Ramadi, the Anbar provincial capital, to Islamic State on May 17 could be a shattering blow to Baghdad&#039;s weak central government. The Sunni Muslim jihadis now control most of Anbar and could threaten the western approaches to Baghdad, or even surge south into Iraq&#039;s Shi’ite heartland.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Greek PM says on final stretch toward deal with lenders
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/greek-pm-says-final-stretch-toward-deal-lenders-114139060--sector.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Ev7ShFai67y5F5nmPpLs3w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-05-23T114139Z_1006950001_LYNXMPEB4M05G_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-EUROZONE-GREECE-PM.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Greek PM Tsipras delivers a speech at the annual conference of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises in Athens" align="left" title="Greek PM Tsipras delivers a speech at the annual conference of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises in Athens" border="0" /></a>Greece&#039;s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his leftist-led government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity. &quot;We are on the final stretch of a painful period shaped by the government&#039;s negotiations with the institutions,&quot; Tsipras, back from an EU leaders summit in Riga, told his party&#039;s central committee.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/japan-pledges-climate-change-aid-pacific-island-nations-060455912.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/_CPSWfFxBXMar5n84H7arQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/408b24d505e34b17770f6a7067004e05.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, accompanied by Palau&#039;s President Tommy Remengesau, speaks following the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Saturday, May 23, 2015. Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. (Shigeyuki Inakuma/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY" align="left" title="Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, accompanied by Palau&#039;s President Tommy Remengesau, speaks following the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Saturday, May 23, 2015. Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. (Shigeyuki Inakuma/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY" border="0" /></a>TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-official-islamic-state-militants-palmyras-museum-093436329.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/s1pkooOyEEHX5l9q06N2BA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/c8e47a8eb5272316770f6a7067004189.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East&#039;s most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)" align="left" title="This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East&#039;s most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)" border="0" /></a>DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, which they captured days earlier, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/two-killed-grenade-attack-burundi-capital-111614224.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/NXe0hDhs7BFF1sEnrpBReA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2015-05-23T111614Z_1007970001_LYNXMPEB4M059_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-UK-BURUNDI-POLITICS-ATTACKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A woman lies dead on the ground at an open-air-market, after a grenade attack by unknown people, in Burundi&#039;s capital Bujumbura" align="left" title="A woman lies dead on the ground at an open-air-market, after a grenade attack by unknown people, in Burundi&#039;s capital Bujumbura" border="0" /></a>BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The witness said at least nine people were wounded in the evening incident.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Iraqi forces move to Anbar frontline as anti-IS fightback nears
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/iraq-forces-attack-east-ramadi-092151584.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ItxP8cEB2I9bbU4ueUlABQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-NIC-Nic6453222-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit, pictured near the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province, on May 19, 2015" align="left" title="An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit, pictured near the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province, on May 19, 2015" border="0" /></a>Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi on Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since Anbar&#039;s provincial capital fell a week ago. A mosaic of anti-IS forces had for days been massing in the Euphrates Valley to ready for an offensive aimed at turning the tide on rampant jihadists. The May 17 takeover of Ramadi was Baghdad&#039;s worst defeat in almost a year while the capture three days later of the Syrian city of Palmyra positioned IS for a possible drive on Damascus.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s refugee agency says borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, and that the world must do more to support Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees.
  • Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/cannes-hails-premiere-bloody-stylish-macbeth-105802811.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/KkxyTLzeoNpLL6bMzNDPqQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/a6af012b05a74a17770f6a706700d0bd.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Actors Michael Fassbender, left, and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)" align="left" title="Actors Michael Fassbender, left, and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)" border="0" /></a>CANNES, France (AP) — Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of &quot;Macbeth&quot; with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/bank-england-confirms-eu-exit-research-email-misfire-105419727--business.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/bhjf69yfU1PDkc4ACA8uBw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-05-23T105419Z_1006950002_LYNXMPEB4M02G_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BRITAIN-BOE-EU.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The Union Flag flies next to the European Flag outside the European Commission building in central London" align="left" title="The Union Flag flies next to the European Flag outside the European Commission building in central London" border="0" /></a>By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the email the project should be kept secret from most BoE staff and any journalists asking about it should be told the Bank was looking at a broad range of European economic issues. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain&#039;s ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Ireland expected to allow gay marriage after historic vote
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/ireland-awaits-count-historic-gay-marriage-vote-033310784.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ssnpC6VUVnOAb30rCBIpqg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-DV-DV2041463-1-1-1.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A couple watch the count at a count centre in Dublin following the vote on same-sex marriage in Ireland on May 23, 2015" align="left" title="A couple watch the count at a count centre in Dublin following the vote on same-sex marriage in Ireland on May 23, 2015" border="0" /></a>Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world&#039;s first to make the change after a popular vote. As the count took place, a leading &quot;No&quot; campaigner conceded defeat while two government ministers said they were confident of victory for the &quot;Yes&quot; side, which has been boosted by thousands of young Irish returning home from abroad to vote. Legalising gay marriage would be a seismic change in the traditionally Catholic republic, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993 and abortion remains prohibited except where the mother&#039;s life is in danger.</p><br clear="all"/>

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