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Islamic State captures 90% of Damascus refugee camp

ISIS takes over Damascus refugee campIslamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The hardline group's offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometres from President Bashar Assad's seat of power It also gives the group a potential sanctuary where US-led coalition forces were unlikely to strike because of the camp's proximity to Damascus.

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After Iraqi forces take Tikrit, a wave of looting and lynching

Looting and lynching i TakritOn April 1, the city of Tikrit was liberated from the extremist group Islamic State. The Shi'ite-led central government and allied militias, after a month-long battle, had expelled the barbarous Sunni radicals.  Then, some of the liberators took revenge.

Near the charred, bullet-scarred government headquarters, two federal policemen flanked a suspected Islamic State fighter. Urged on by a furious mob, the two officers took out knives and repeatedly stabbed the man in the neck and slit his throat. The killing was witnessed by two Reuters correspondents.

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AP investigation prompts emergency rescue of 300 plus slaves

fishermen slaves freedAt first the men filtered in, by twos and threes, hearing whispers of a possible rescue.

Then, as the news rippled around the island, hundreds of weathered former and current slaves streamed out, many with long, greasy hair and tattoos. They came from trawlers and villages, even out of the jungle, running toward what they had only dreamed of for years: Freedom.

"I will go see my parents. They haven't heard from me, and I haven't heard from them since I left," said Win Win Ko, 42, who's been gone from Myanmar for four years. His smile revealed a mouthful of missing teeth, kicked out by the Thai captain on his fishing boat with military boots, he said, because Win was not moving fish fast enough from the deck to the hold below.

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Iran nuclear talks produce historic framework for long-term agreement

Iran pactA much-tweeted photo of Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week showed him looking pensively out the window of his five-star hotel room in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“John, don’t jump,” wrote one Twitter humorist, reflecting concerns that Kerry might be despondent after days of hard bargaining with Iran and the other members of the so-called P5+1— the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China.

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Iran nuclear deal framework announced

Iran dealThe understanding reached on Iran's nuclear program sets the foundation for a good deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. The deal would see Iran reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98% for 15 years and cut its installed centrifuges by more than two-thirds for 10 years, Kerry said.

• Once a final agreement is implemented, the international community will have the confidence that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and will remain so, Kerry said.

• French President Francois Hollande said France, along with its partners, will monitor the implementation of the terms of the agreement before a final deal by the end of June, "so that the international community can be assured that Iran will not be in position to acquire a nuclear weapon."

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Death toll rises to 147 in al-Shaabab attack at Kenyan university

Kenya attack at collegeThe al-Shabaab terror group claimed responsibility for an attack on Garissa University College in Kenya resulting in the deaths of at least 147 people Thursday.

Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the siege at the school was over and four attackers had been killed. Security forces were sweeping the campus to ensure there were no remaining threats.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab issued a statement via radio saying it separated Muslim students from non-Muslims in order to conduct an "operation against the infidels."

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Massive fire engulfs Mexican oil rig, 4 dead

Mexico oil rig fireA massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.

State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said there was no evidence yet of a major oil spill following the blast, which injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.

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