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Search resumes in rain for missing in Sri Lankan landslide

ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of soldiers resumed the slow and difficult search Friday for hundreds of people missing after landslides swallowed three hillside villages in central Sri Lanka, a dangerous effort as continuing rain kept the ground unstable and the risk of more mudslides a constant threat.

By Friday morning, rescuers had recovered 30 bodies, out of hundreds believed buried on Tuesday when torrents of thick, red mud buried the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elangapitya. The Sri Lankan Red Cross has said at least 220 families were unaccounted for. READ

Syrian government troops take rebel stronghold near Damascus

Syrian government forces and allied militias made a swift advance into Damascus's rebel-held suburbs on Thursday, threatening to disrupt a years-long stalemate in the war around the Syrian capital. READ

Terrorism suspected in EgyptAir crash

An EgyptAir jetliner en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard veered wildly in flight and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday, authorities said. READ

Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with hundreds of families reported missing. READ

Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte

A leading international rights group on Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities by Libya's Islamic State affiliate — including instances of "crucifixions" and shooting a man to death for "cursing God" — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. READ

Trump names possible Supreme Court choices in bid to quell conservative concerns

There are some eyebrow-raising names on the list of possible picks for the U.S. Supreme Court released Wednesday by Republican candidate Donald Trump. READ

French labour unrest: Tear gas, blocked roads, president firm

Tear gas briefly choked a Left Bank neighbourhood and truckers blocked highways in Provence and Normandy in new tensions over a French labour bill Tuesday — but the president insisted that he won't abandon the contested reform. READ

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. READ

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kill 69

A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in a string of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital that have left more than 200 dead in the past week. READ

Turkey and U.S.-led coalition hit IS group in Syria

A Turkish news agency says Turkish shelling and air strikes by the U.S.-led military coalition killed 27 Islamic State militants in Syria. READ

Iran cracks down on models posing without headscarves online

Iranian police have arrested eight people in a new crackdown targeting "un-Islamic acts" online such as female models posting images of themselves without their hair covered, state media reported Monday, part of a larger cultural struggle in the Islamic Republic over the country's future. READ

Trump says he expects poor relationship with U.K. leader

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump says he may have a poor relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron in light of the British leader's criticism of Trump's call for all Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the United States. READ

Government says he's dead, but man insists he's very alive

A Lincoln man says he's not dead, despite what the U.S. Social Security Administration has said. READ

Nero wasn't involved in Gray's arrest, defence attorney says

Prosecutors say Edward Nero, whose trial in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray began Thursday in Baltimore, failed in his duty when he and other officers unlawfully arrested Gray, then neglected to buckle the shackled man's seat belt. READ

Trump, Ryan, pledge to work together, see end to rift in GOP

Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves "totally committed" to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. Ryan praised Trump as "very warm and genuine," and suggested that after initial hesitance he may well end up endorsing the GOP candidate for president. READ

Brazil's acting president promises to jumpstart economy

Picking up Brazil's reins after the Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff, acting President Michel Temer pledged Thursday to jumpstart the stalled economy and push ahead with a sprawling corruption investigation that has already ensnared top leaders of his own party and even implicated Temer himself. READ

Philippine poll chief to Marcos: Prove vote count anomaly

Philippine election officials challenged Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday to prove his allegation of irregularities in the counting of votes for vice-president, where he has been overtaken by his closest rival. READ

Bombings kill 93 in Iraqi capital's bloodiest day this year

In the deadliest violence in Baghdad this year, three car bombs claimed by the Islamic State group killed 93 people across the Iraqi capital Wednesday, demonstrating the extremists' ability to mount significant attacks despite major battlefield losses. READ

Jittery Republicans meet Trump in Congress with hold on Senate at risk

Donald Trump's trip to the U.S. Congress will bring the glare of media attention Thursday to an issue that has so far loomed in the background of this election year. READ

Ottawa announces almost $5 million in funding towards global Zika fight

The federal government is contributing almost $5 million to the global fight against the Zika virus. READ

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