Tuesday, May 27, 2014

World News Briefs -- May 27, 2014 (Evening Edition)

Dozens of Militants Killed in Battle for Donetsk Airport -- Voice of America

After a day of punishing air strikes and fierce fighting with pro-Russian separatist gunmen, Ukraine said on Tuesday that it had regained control of the Donetsk airport.

However, dozens of militants were killed in the unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which continued on Tuesday, according to media reports.

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U.S. closer to expanding training for Syrian rebels.

No one is in charge of helping millions of Syrians displaced by war.

Chemical weapons team in Syria attacked but safe: OPCW.

Hezbollah chief warns of foreign fighters in Syria.

Iran leader's call for population increase sparks fears for women's rights.

Suicide bomber kills 19 in Baghdad Shi'ite mosque.

Iraq attacks, including Shiite mosque bombing, kill 27.

Turkish activists call for protests on anniversary of 'Gezi' unrest.

Next round of Iran nuclear talks set for June 16-20 in Vienna: EU.

Palestinians 'to unveil unity government'. Hamas and Fatah say agree on Palestinian national unity gov't.

Bethlehem church catches fire after pope's visit.


Troop drawdown: Obama says US finishing Afghan job. Obama plans to leave residual force of 9,800 in Afghanistan.

Obama seeks to cut troop level in Afghanistan to 5,000 by end of 2015.

Indian Muslims wary of PM's Hindu nationalist ties.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait. Australia agrees that missing Malaysia jet ran out of fuel.

Vietnam, China trade barbs after Vietnamese fishing boat sinks.

Thai army gets down to work on economy, stifles dissent.

Japan, North Korea enter second day of talks amid secrecy.

Pakistan and Indian leaders hold formal talks. India's Modi prods Pakistan on terror on first days as PM.

China said to study IBM servers for bank security risks.


Al-Shabab raids village, at least 39 dead.

Nigeria violence: Cameroon boosts anti-Boko Haram border forces.

Alleged Boko Haram gunmen kill 45 Nigerian soldiers, officers.

'We know where missing girls are': Nigeria's top military officer. Kidnapped girls found but storming vicinity out of the question: Nigeria military. Nigerian President reportedly backed out of deal to trade prisoners for kidnapped girls.

Boko Haram slaughters 20 over nonpayment of Islamist tax.

Voter turnout low in Egypt elections. Egypt declares national holiday to encourage voters to go to the polls.

Libya's new PM unharmed after attack.

Rio Tinto and Chinalco sign $20bn Guinea iron ore deal.

UN agency warns of Somalia hunger deaths. 200,000 kids may starve in Somalia as aid runs dry, UNICEF says.

Hundreds infected by cholera in warn-torn S.Sudan: WHO.

Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy gives birth.


Ukraine fighting intensifies after election. Dozens reported killed in eastern Ukraine fighting. Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine city, dozens dead. Deadly fighting rages over Ukrainian airport. Ukraine says it controls Donetsk airport after fighting leaves dozens dead.

Putin says Kiev must stop military operation in east Ukraine.

Unpaid debts problem for Russia-Ukraine gas deal.

Sarkozy’s 2017 comeback in jeopardy as fraud scandal forces party leader to quit.

Germany’s $104 billion in Russian trade complicates response to crisis in Ukraine.

Marine Le Pen to meet other far-right leaders in move to create EU bloc.

EU leaders to discuss election fallout in Brussels.


Republicans want Obama to confront Russia on nukes.

Heroin epidemic: New York becomes first big city to make cops carry antidote.

Colombian Farc rebels 'dream of effective peace'. Colombian rebel leader defiant in video.

Canadian terrorist, who was a senior Hezbollah member, killed by Syrian rebels.

Tornado injures nine, one critically, in North Dakota.

Hacker 'Sabu' released after 'extraordinary' FBI cooperation.


Blinded soldier, Army widow sue former Gitmo prisoner.

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite marries ruthless Somali warlord while on the run after ditching her ‘Suicide Brigade’ bodyguards.

Swedish spy chief warns of rise of Islamist threat.


Iran judge summons Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to court.

Brokers use ‘billions’ of data points to profile Americans.

Apple devices 'hijacked for ransom' in Australia.

IMF warns banking reform has not made enough progress.

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