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Deadly storms hit Mexico and Texas 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 04:54:15 GMT 
    At least 13 people die as a tornado strikes Mexico's Ciudad Acuna, with flooding over the border in Texas leaving at least three dead and 12 missing.

Russia begins massive air exercise 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 20:59:58 GMT 
    Russia's military is carrying out four days of drills involving 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel, as Nato begins an Arctic exercise.

Iran trial to start for US reporter 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 04:38:48 GMT 
    The trial of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for almost 10 months on charges that include alleged espionage is due to open.

Australia tampon tax in sightlines 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 01:32:50 GMT 
    An online petition calling for the scrapping of Australia's tax on tampons is backed by the Treasurer Joe Hockey.

US jets escort NYC-bound flight 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 21:58:46 GMT 
    Fighter jets escort a New York-bound Air France airliner, one of several commercial planes flying to the US subjected to threats.

Guineans jailed over Ebola taxi body 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 18:24:01 GMT 
    Six Guineans are put into prison isolation and will face trial for violating the health emergency after moving the body of an Ebola victim in a taxi.

Ancelotti sacked as Real manager 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 19:23:41 GMT 
    Carlo Ancelotti is sacked as Real Madrid manager after two seasons and Rafael Benitez is tipped to take over at the Spanish club.

'Loud wakeup call' over rare dolphin 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 02:52:10 GMT 
    The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, according to research.

Bangladesh bans ABT Islamist group 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 22:58:20 GMT 
    Bangladesh bans an Islamist militant group accused of attacking and killing three secular bloggers, the interior ministry says.

PM and EC president hold reform talks 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 22:17:05 GMT 
    Prime Minister David Cameron tells European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "British people are not happy with the status quo" in Europe.

Massive India heatwave 'kills 500' 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 14:08:00 GMT 
    At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas.

Greece will 'keep up debt repayment' 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:21:51 GMT 
    Greece intends to keep repaying its debt, a government spokesman said, days after Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis warned it had run out of funds.

VIDEO: Meet the militias battling IS in Iraq 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 22:11:49 GMT 
    Earlier this month militants from Islamic State seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi, with its fall seen as a major capitulation by the Iraqi Army.

VIDEO: Under fire from IS snipers in Iraq 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:19:16 GMT 
    The Iraqi army, supported by coalition airstrikes and Iran-backed militias, finds itself locked in fierce battles for many parts of the country.

VIDEO: Will India's lethal heatwave continue? 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 01:35:17 GMT 
    A heatwave sweeping India has killed more than 500 people, with most of the deaths in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
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