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Airstrike kills dozens at market in Yemen

Yemen airstrikeYemen security officials and eyewitnesses say a massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels has hit a marketplace north of Aden, killing over 45 civilians.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise, say more than 50 civilians were also wounded in the strike Monday in Fayoush, a suburb of the southern port city of Aden.

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Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed

Iraqi jet accidentally bombs BaghdadAn Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.

The plane — one of several Russian-made Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group — was returning to base when the accident happened.

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to drop the bomb, which hit a number of houses in the Iraqi capital's eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.

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Greek voters 'reject bailout offer'

Greek voters vote noWith more than half the ballots in, results from a referendum in Greece suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout.

Figures published by the interior ministry showed 61% of those whose ballots had been counted voting "No", against 39% voting "Yes".

Greece's governing Syriza party campaigned for a "No", saying the bailout terms were humiliating.

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Mosque blast in Syria claims at least 25 lives

Syria osque blastAn explosion at a mosque in the Idlib province of Syria Friday killed members of al-Qaida affiliate group, al-Nusra Front.

The blast happened in the town of Ariha, where members of the Front were gathered at a mosque for a Ramadan ceremony. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 25 members were killed, one of them being a non-Syrian leader.

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Revealed: the role of the west in the runup to Srebrenica’s fall

Role of west revealed i Bosnia warThe fall of Srebrenica in Bosnia 20 years ago, prompting the worst massacre in Europe since the Third Reich, was a key element of the strategy pursued by the three key western powers –Britain, the US and France – and was not a shocking and unheralded event, as has long been maintained.

Eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed over four days in July 1995 by Bosnian Serb death squads after they took the besieged town, which had been designated a “safe area” under the protection of UN troops. The act has been declared a genocide by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, and the Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadžic and General Ratko Mladic await verdicts in trials for directing genocide.

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JetBlue first major airline to offer direct New York to Cuba flights

JetBlue offers direct NY to Cuba flightNon-tourism travel to Cuba from the U.S. has been allowed since President Obama eased travel restrictions earlier this year, but until recently, only a handful of indirect flights were available from Florida and New York.

JetBlue announced this week it has begun offering direct charter flights from New York City to Cuba -- the first major American airline to do so.

The maiden voyage took off on Friday from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and touched down a few hours later on the runways of Havana's Jose Marti International Airport (HAV). The travelers were mostly Cuban-Americans returning to visit relatives.

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Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

javad ZarifWorld powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The annex hammered out by experts, one of five meant to accompany the agreement, outlines which U.S. and international sanctions will be lifted and how quickly. Diplomats said senior officials of the seven-nation talks, which include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, still had to sign off on the package.

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