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Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing

Washington - Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase.

Car wars: Trump-Germany salvo raises EU-US trade fears

Taormina - US President Donald Trump has launched a salvo against German car exports to the United States, officials confirmed Friday, in the latest sign of simmering transatlantic trade tensions.

Trump: North Korea 'will be solved'

Taormina - US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation.

US drops 460 bombs or missiles in Afghanistan during April

American warplanes in April dropped more weapons on Afghanistan than in any single month since 2012. The increase in use of air power is in part due to an effort by the US to wipe out the Islamic State(IS) presence in Afghanistan.

Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law.

NATO reels from harsh Trump reality show

Brussels - US President Donald Trump's performance at a "shocking" NATO summit has dealt a major blow to the alliance and may hand a win to Vladimir Putin, analysts say.

What we know about the Manchester attacker's bomb

Manchester - Manchester suicide bomber Salem Abedi used a powerful explosive device that was painstakingly assembled -- likely with assistance -- for his deadly attack on a pop concert, according to officials and experts.

Manchester shows pride with bee tattoos after attack

Manchester - Since the terror attack, Manchester's tattoo parlours have been swarmed by requests for tattoos of bees -- a symbol of the city and its residents' deep community spirit.

New attack on Egypt Christians kills 28

- Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 28 people including children, officials said.

China-backed militia new powerbrokers in Myanmar peace process

Nay Pyi Taw - Branded as Asia's most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar's peace process, a development seen as strengthening Beijing's influence over its violence-wracked neighbour.

Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26

Cairo - Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, officials said.

New Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers

Kandahar - At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their base in Kandahar, officials said Friday, in the third major insurgent assault this week on the military in the southern province.

US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters

Birut - Dozens of relatives of Islamic State fighters were killed on Friday in new US-led strikes on Syria, just hours after the UN urged nations striking the jihadists to protect civilians.

Riot act: among Venezuela's urban warriors

Caracas - Early in the morning, Maria and her comrades-in-arms creep out from the storm drains under the Caracas streets.They put on their helmets and black masks and take up their wooden shields."The ruckus is starting," Maria, 30, tells her companions.

G7 climate row deadlocked but US says Trump 'evolving'

Taormina - A summit of G7 leaders on Friday failed to make progress on narrowing differences between the United States and its partners on climate change, hosts Italy said.

Secrets among friends: leaks jolt US-British security ties

Washington - Within minutes of British counter-terror police learning a deadly blast had struck Manchester Arena, their US counterparts were in the loop. That is how the security relationship -- one of the world's closest -- is supposed to work.

US rules out easing sanctions on Russia

Taormina - Washington will not ease sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and may even get tougher on Moscow, the White House said Friday, ending uncertainty over the US position on the thorny issue.

Thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe: Libya navy

Tripoli - At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted on Friday off the coast of the western city of Sabratha, the Libyan navy said.

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army is in full control of the highway from Damascus to ancient Palmyra for the first time since 2014 after driving out jihadists, a monitor said on Friday.
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