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May 17, 2016 5:07 PM Iraq's Shi'ite rivalries risk turning violent, weakening war on Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A power struggle within Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim majority has intensified as attempts to form a new government flounder, threatening to turn violent and ruin U.S.-led efforts to defeat Islamic State. For the first time since the U.S. withdrawal at the end of 2011, Shi'ite factions came close to taking arms against each another last month 6

May 17, 2016 6:40 AM Fire breaks out at Bukit Timah preschool; no injuries reported

SCDF says the roof of the three-storey preschool partially collapsed during the hour-long fire-fighting operation. SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at a three-storey preschool in Bukit Timah on Tuesday morning (May 17), causing its roof to partially collapse, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said. No injuries were reported in the fire, which engulfed 3

May 16, 2016 9:14 PM As mosquito season shifts into high gear in the Washington region, so do Zika fears

Like a lot of pregnant women, Christine Kaineg carries a bag of supplies to get her through the day: Kind granola bars for hunger, a big bottle of Tums and a new staple — mosquito repellent. At almost eight months pregnant, the mom-to-be has read about the babies being born with severe brain abnormalities in Brazil and other countries, where birth defects 9

May 16, 2016 2:08 PM Anger, fear sweeps Turkish border town under attack from Islamic State

KILIS, Turkey Turkish shopkeeper Mehmet Baykal knew he had less than 10 seconds to dive under his desk when he heard another rocket being fired from Islamic State-held territory across the border in Syria. Once a safe haven for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, this tiny Turkish border town has now become a frontline in its war. So frequent is the rocket 9

May 15, 2016 4:08 PM Caves of many deities

On the way to Sungai Lembing, one will surely see an imposing granite and limestone formation jutting out from among the oil palm plantations. To reach the mouth of the cave, visitors must be prepared to make a steep climb up a flight of stone and steel steps. “The monk then placed the sleeping Buddha statue where the light hit the cave floor. Over the years 14

May 15, 2016 11:30 AM Brexit leader Boris Johnson says EU trying to emulate Hitler in creating superstate

Former London mayor Boris Johnson has claimed the European Union is behaving like German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler by trying to create a superstate. Mr Johnson is one of the leading figures campaigning for Britain to leave the EU in closely-fought referendum being held on June 23. His comments to a Sunday British newspaper drew swift criticism from opponents 7

May 15, 2016 9:15 AM EU trying to do same as Hitler, says UK's Boris Johnson

LONDON: Former London mayor Boris Johnson claimed the European Union was behaving like German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler by trying to create a superstate, in a Sunday newspaper interview. Johnson is one of the leading figures campaigning for Britain to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum. His controversial comments come six weeks ahead of the vote and with opinion 6

May 13, 2016 9:25 AM Allegations of Russian doping use are 'slander by a turncoat'

MOSCOW: Allegations by a former head of Russia's drug testing laboratory that dozens of Russian athletes used doping when they competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics are "slander by a turncoat" and are absolutely groundless, the Kremlin said on Friday. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists the Kremlin supports 8

May 11, 2016 11:22 PM Trio hailed as heroes for intervening in deadly Massachusetts stabbing spree

Violent rampage in Taunton leaves 3 dead, including suspect, 5 injured Two bystanders and an off-duty deputy sheriff were hailed as heroes Wednesday for intervening when a mentally disturbed man went on a stabbing rampage at a home and a mall hours after leaving a hospital, killing two people and injuring at least five others. Arthur DaRosa's six-kilometre 28

May 11, 2016 8:50 PM Canada’s Oil Sands Industry Staggers After a Devastating Fire

The damage to the oil sands industry, which makes huge payments to the provincial government, will deepen the morass. And the fire-related costs will probably be in the billions, although the federal government will eventually cover 90 percent of that amount. As a result, several economists predict that the province will slip into negative growth this quarter 35