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Rocket attack in Libya's Benghazi leaves eight dead, eight wounded - official

BENGHAZI, Libya/TRIPOLI - Eight people were killed and eight wounded when a rocket hit a residential district in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, officials said.

Gunmen kill 19 bus passengers in Pakistan attack 29 May 2015

QUETTA, Pakistan - Gunmen killed at least 19 passengers they had forced off buses travelling from the western Pakistani city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast, said the home minister for the restive province of Baluchistan, where the attack took place.


Yemen's former president says exiled leader Hadi no longer relevant 29 May 2015

ABU DHABI - A former president of Yemen said on Friday exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi no longer had a place in Yemeni politics.


Exclusive - U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed: sources 29 May 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons programme five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.


Fighters battle Houthis in Yemen's southern city of Aden 29 May 2015

ADEN - Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when local militia attacked Shi'ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive them from the district, residents and fighters said.

Iranian aid plane bound for Yemen lands in Djibouti 29 May 2015

ANKARA - An Iranian plane carrying aid for Yemen landed in Djibouti on Friday and the cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before it moves on, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

Video purports to show Turkish intelligence shipping arms to Syria 29 May 2015

ISTANBUL - A Turkish newspaper published video footage on Friday which it said showed security forces discovering weapons parts being sent to Syria on trucks belonging to the MIT state intelligence agency.

Two killed in Turkey's southeast as rival Kurdish groups clash 29 May 2015

DIYARBAKIR - Two people were killed in southeast Turkey in a fight between supporters of rival Kurdish parties a week before a parliamentary election, security sources and party officials said.

Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA 29 May 2015

ZURICH - Palestine dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international football amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress on Friday.

ING and BNP Paribas among bidders for HSBC Turkey - source 29 May 2015

ISTANBUL - ING Group NV , BNP Paribas and Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corp (ABC) have submitted bids to buy HSBC's Turkish business, a source familiar with the process said on Friday.

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