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Ryan Lochte Robbed At Gunpoint In Rio With 3 Other U.S. Swimmers

Olympians robbed in Rio

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte had a gun cocked and placed to his forehead during a robbery involving three other U.S. swimmers in Rio de Janeiro, he told NBC’s Billy Bush.

The 12-time Olympic medalist said he was in a taxi with fellow gold medalists Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen early Sunday when several armed men posing as police officers confronted them.


Boko Haram releases purported video of Chibok girls

Boko Haram releases video of kidnapped girlsThe Nigerian government has said it is in contact with Boko Haram after the armed group released a new video purporting to show the schoolgirls it kidnapped more than two years ago, and offering to trade the captives in return for the release of its jailed fighters.

Boko Haram released the video on Sunday showing dozens of the 276 students they seized from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven managed to escape in the immediate aftermath of the mass abduction.


Sudan floods: Villages submerged as death toll rises

Sudan floodsThousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, according to an aid group in the country.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society reported on Sunday that 25 people died in eastern Sudan's Kassala, and around 8,000 houses have been destroyed since heavy rains lashed the state two weeks ago.


Switzerland Salez attack: Knifeman sets fire to Swiss train

Swiss train attackA knifeman has set fire to a train in north-eastern Switzerland, leaving six people in hospital with stab wounds and burns, police say.

The suspect, described as a Swiss man aged 27, was also taken to hospital after the incident near Salez in St Gallen Canton, close to Liechtenstein.

He had ignited a flammable liquid before attacking people with a knife.


Syria war: ISIL flees Manbij with 'human shields'

Civilians fred from ISILSyrian rebel fighters have accused the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group of taking more than 2,000 people hostage, and using them as human shields, as they retreated from the northern city of Manbij.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance consisting of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said on Friday they were in control of most of the city, held by ISIL, also known as ISIS, since 2014.


Afghan-Pakistan ISIL's Hafiz Saeed Khan killed

ISIL leader killedThe leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a US drone strike on July 26, US and Afghan officials have confirmed.

Hafiz Saeed Khan, ISIL's Khorasan Province leader, was killed in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar province, according to Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the top Afghan diplomat in Pakistan.


Russia's Vladimir Putin dismisses Sergei Ivanov

Putin dismisses IvanovRussian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed his close ally and powerful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, according to a Kremlin statement.  The move represents the highest-level demotion inside the Kremlin in several years.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to relieve Ivanov of his duties as head of the Russian presidential administration," Friday's statement said.


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