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Wave of bombings hits Baghdad Shiite areas, killing 69

Iraq bombs kill 69A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group.

In an online statement, IS claimed responsibility only for the deadliest bombing of the day, which took place in Baghdad's northeastern Shaab neighborhood and where at least 34 people were killed and 75 others were wounded.


US, other powers want to arm Libyan government

US and others plan to arm Libyan governmentThe United States and other world powers say they are ready to supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in its lawless regions.

The world powers aim to push for exemptions to a U.N. arms embargo imposed on Libya to keep lethal arms away from Islamic extremists and rival militias vying for power. In a communique obtained by The Associated Press, the U.S., four other permanent U.N. Security Council members and the more than 15 other nations participating at the talks say they are "ready to respond to the Libyan government's requests for training and equipping" government forces.


Duterte vows to kill criminals and reintroduce hanging in Philippines

DutertePhilippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces the power to “shoot-to-kill” criminals.

In his first press conference since winning the 9 May elections in a landslide, Duterte, the tough-talking mayor of the southern of Davao, warned his campaign threats to kill were not rhetoric.

“What I will do is urge Congress to restore (the) death penalty by hanging,” Duterte, 71, told a press conference in Davao on Sunday.


Germany to overturn 50,000 convictions of gay men

Germany to overturn convictions of gay menSince 2002 Germany has been overturning convictions the Nazi regime imposed on gay men. But the initiative had excluded any convictions handed down after World War II.

More than 50,000 men who were convicted of homosexuality under a law that criminalized homosexuality in Germany will finally have their convictions overturned.

The government will start the rehabilitation process to correct the injustices which activists say has been long overdue. In other words, apart from overturning the convictions, the government will introduce efforts to erase the legal stigma imposed on the men, as well as compensate them for the injustice incurred.


Netanyahu: I Oppose Peace Conference

Netanyahu opposes peace conferencePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told France's foreign minister on Sunday that Israel remained opposed to a French initiative for an international conference to try to revive peace talks.

Palestinians welcomed the proposal but Israel is concerned that the conference that France seeks to hold in the autumn would try to dictate terms for a peace deal.


Communities neglected by Israel fundraise to build road

Communities neglected by IsraelOccupied East Jerusalem - With a dramatic wave of his arm out the car window, Sheikh Abdullah Alqam signalled the invisible line that marks the Jerusalem municipal boundary.

"You just left the Palestinian Authority area. Now you are in Jerusalem!" he bellowed, passing a bin that overflowed with rubbish.

"All of this waste will be burned," added Sheikh Alqam, 53, a community leader for Palestinian neighbourhoods across occupied East Jerusalem.

Across the unseen border, the smooth asphalt road gives way to a dusty, uneven surface. Two wide lanes merge into a single unmarked track, and the painted pavements end.


Venezuela president Nicolás Maduro declares state of emergency

Venezuela crisis loomingVenezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has declared a state of emergency, hours after US intelligence officials warned that the South American country could be on the brink of disintegration.

The powers Maduro obtains after Friday night’s declaration allow him “to stabilise our country, and confront all the international and national threats against our fatherland in this moment”, the president said, but he did not detail how he intends to use them.


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