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Dozens of Iraqi security force members killed in army base attack

Iraqi security forces killedAt least 42 members of Iraq's security forces have been killed in a suicide attack targeting an army base north of Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province.

The bombing was carried out with an armored Humvee vehicle laden with explosives, military sources told Al Jazeera. Witnesses said ammunition stored in the base's depot continued to explode several hours after the initial attack, which occurred at 3 a.m. local time Monday.


Obama's Trade Deal Tangled In Intricate Web Of Malaysia's Slavery Problem

Malaysia slave tradePresident Barack Obama's push for legislation that would enable the U.S. to strike a major trade deal with 11 other countries has gotten tangled in a debate over Malaysia's record on slave labor, throwing up a last-minute legislative obstacle.

Inconveniently for backers of the trade deal, a full-blown humanitarian crisis is erupting in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar, directly connected to the region's reliance on human trafficking in industries as varied as electronics manufacturing, fishing and prostitution.


Clinic Fire Leaves 27 Dead On Syria Border

Syria clinic deathsA fire at a medical clinic in northeast Syria has killed 27 people, mostly children, say reports.  Around 30 people were also injured when a fuel tank exploded at the Maysalun clinic in Qamishli, a Kurdish city on the Turkish border.

Juan Mohammed, a Kurdish official in the nearby city of Hassakeh, said the clinic was packed with children waiting to get vaccinated against polio.

State news agency SANA said dry branches caught fire and spread to a fuel tank, causing "significant material damage" in the blast.


More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

Migrants rescuedMore than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday.

In some of the most intense Mediterranean migrant traffic of the year, a total of 4,243 people have been saved from fishing boats and rubber dinghies in 22 operations involving ships from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain.


Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

Japan earthquake 2015A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of deaths or major damage.

The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).


Cuba Removed From US State Sponsors Terrorism List

Cuba flagThe U.S. Department of State announced Friday that Cuba has been officially dropped from its list of State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The State Department announced its intention to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List last month. The move is part of an initiative to normalize relations between both countries.

On April 8, the Secretary of State completed the review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and recommended to President Barack Obama that Cuba be dropped from the list.


At least ten killed in car bombs at two Baghdad hotels

car bombs BaghdadCar bombs at two hotels in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, have killed at least 10 people, with dozens more wounded.

The explosions occurred just before midnight (21:00 GMT) and were heard across the city centre.

The first explosion went off near the Babylon hotel, an upscale and recently refurbished hotel overlooking the Tigris river.


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