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05/22/2015 -  Top Shi'ite cleric urges plan to purge Iraq of Islamic State after fall of Ramadi - 05:15 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on Friday for a plan to purge the country of Islamic State militants after they overran the city of Ramadi.

05/22/2015 -  Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum - 05:13 AM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality.

05/22/2015 -  Polish court seeks U.S. help on Polanski case by August 8 - 05:11 AM

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish court on Friday said that it has requested legal help from the United States as it decides whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex crime conviction and that the United States has until Aug. 8 to reply.

05/22/2015 -  Islamic State expands its 'state' - 05:02 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.

05/22/2015 -  Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine: Kiev military - 04:52 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 wounded in fresh clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists despite a ceasefire, a spokesman for Kiev's military said on Friday.

05/22/2015 -  Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz - 04:47 AM

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

05/22/2015 -  Nepalis return to quake epicenter to rebuild stone by stone - 04:44 AM

BARPAK, Nepal (Reuters) - Dressed in his brother's old British army fatigues, Mohan Ghale is rebuilding his mother's home stone by stone, after returning to Barpak village, high in the Himalayas, which was demolished by last month's earthquake.

05/22/2015 -  Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra - 04:41 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.

05/22/2015 -  Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, several casualties: residents - 04:19 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people.

05/22/2015 -  Shelling kills one worker at east Ukraine coke plant: Metinvest - 04:04 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's largest steel company, Metinvest, said on Friday one worker had been killed and two wounded after its Avdiyivka coke plant in east Ukraine was hit by heavy shelling, damaging the factory's equipment and transport infrastructure.

05/22/2015 -  UK's Cameron uses EU summit to campaign for pre-referendum reforms - 04:01 AM

RIGA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc.

05/22/2015 -  China calls for immediate end to conflict in South Sudan - 03:54 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on Friday for an end to conflict in South Sudan where fighting has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and prompted warnings to oil companies to shut down operations.

05/22/2015 -  Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore - 03:45 AM

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy found two boats, one carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government said on Friday, after the military chief said some migrants landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims so they can get U.N. aid.

05/22/2015 -  South Korea says North drops demand for wage hike at joint factory park - 03:20 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has dropped a demand for a wage hike for its workers at the Kaesong factory park run jointly with Seoul, South Korea said on Friday, paving the way for talks to resolve the latest dispute over the zone.

05/22/2015 -  Turkish police swoop on Erdogan foes, dozens detained: media - 03:19 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen perceived to be supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, the Dogan news agency said.

05/22/2015 -  Turkish police swoop on Erdogan foes, dozens detained: media - 03:07 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen perceived to be supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, the Dogan news agency said.

05/22/2015 -  Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes on Houthis in Yemen's Sanaa: residents - 02:48 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-led warplanes extended air strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, residents in the area said.

05/22/2015 -  China says U.S. actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous' - 02:23 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

05/22/2015 -  Myanmar navy rescues boat with 200 migrants aboard - 02:16 AM

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy has found a boat carrying more than 200 migrants, a government spokesman said on Friday, amid mounting international pressure to tackle a "boat people" crisis that has seen hundreds of migrants land in Indonesia and Malaysia over the past month.

05/22/2015 -  Thailand again says election could be delayed - 02:04 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday a general election will take place in the Southeast Asian country in April or May 2016 - but could be delayed by three months if a referendum takes place.


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