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ISIL bombs 'kill more than 120' in Assad-held cities

Syrian cities hit by ISILMore than 120 people have been killed in multiple attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in areas controlled by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said.

Syrian state TV also reported the attacks, putting the death toll at 78.

Simultaneous car bombs and suicide bombers hit bus stations, hospitals and elsewhere in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh in Latakia province on Monday, appearing to severely breach government defences, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Dutch, Australian Climbers Die After Summiting Everest

2 climbers die after reaching Everest summitAfter two years in which no human summited Mount Everest, climbers have returned to the world’s highest peak. But with the stories of triumph, the return to Everest brings stories of tragedy.

Two climbers died on their way down from the 29,035-foot mountain on Friday and Saturday. One was a Dutchman who had dreamed of climbing Everest since he was a child, and the other an Australian university lecturer and accomplished climber.


Pakistan denounces U.S. strike targeting Taliban chief

Pakistan denounces US drone strikeThe Pakistani government on Sunday denounced a U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, saying the attack violated Pakistan's sovereignty and stressing that peace can be attained only through negotiation.

Afghan and Taliban leaders confirmed Sunday that Mansoor was killed in the strike the previous day near the Afghan border.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that Mansoor was killed Saturday in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan. His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin," Abdullah said in the tweet.


Sri Lanka Floods Kill At Least 71

Sri Lank floodsAt least 71 people have died following days of torrential rains and mudslides in Sri Lanka, officials said.

Rescuers are searching for 127 others reported missing after mud and rock buried residential areas, the nation's Disaster Management Center said. The rains and floods have hit most parts of the nation all week.

The death toll is expected to go up as rescue teams reach some of the worst-hit areas, authorities said.


Obama arrives in Vietnam to start three-day visit

Obama arrives in VietnamU.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam on Sunday for a three-day trip aimed at strengthening defense and economic ties with a former enemy that has become a key focus of Washington's Asia "rebalance" strategy.

Obama's jet, Air Force One, arrived late in the evening in the capital Hanoi, where he will meet the communist country's leadership triumvirate of party chief, president and prime minister.


Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

Austria may elect extreme right wing PMAustria could elect the European Union's first far-right head of state, with support for Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer buoyed by security and employment fears sparked by the refugee crisis.

Opinion polls suggest Sunday's presidential race between Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen will be close. A far-right victory would resonate throughout the 28-member bloc where refugee flows driven by conflict in the Middle East and Africa have become a major political issue.


Church of England 'could accept clergy in same-sex marriages' following historic vote in Scotland

Church of England could accept clergy in same sex relationshipsThe Church of England could accept clergy and church officials who are in same-sex marriages, it was suggested today after a historic vote in Scotland opened the door for change.

Officials south of the border are facing “increasing pressure” after the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to extend the law that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.


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