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Islamic State group regains control of northern Syrian town it lost last month

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters seized Ein Issa and nearby areas before noon Monday. READ

Extremist attacks on mosques, church, restaurant across Nigeria leave more than 60 people dead

A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching peaceful coexistence of all faiths. READ

Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber in TPP trade talks, documents show

One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned. READ

Importers of Greek food stockpiling products amid economic turmoil

Major Canadian importers of olive oil, sea salt, preserved vegetables and other delicacies from Greece say they’ve been stockpiling goods in their warehouses in anticipation that the economic turmoil overseas will get worse. READ

Despite big vote win, Greece’s Tsipras faces tough task, urgent need to regain creditors trust

Despite triumphing in a popular vote against austerity, Greece on Monday faced the urgent need to heal its ties with European creditors and reach a financial rescue deal that might prevent it from falling out of the euro — possibly within days. READ

UN rights body backs call for accountability over alleged war crimes in Gaza conflict

The UN’s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year’s conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed. READ

Greek polls shows 2 sides neck and neck before crucial Sunday referendum

The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting “yes” and “no” answers to a murky question in what opinion polls suggest will be a very close vote. READ

Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

British oil giant BP and five U.S. Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy company’s oil spill in 2010. READ

Egyptian military pounds militant positions in northern Sinai, killing 23 in airstrikes

The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown. READ

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 35 dead, 20 missing, at least 134 rescued

A ferry carrying 189 people, including at least one Canadian, capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. READ

Thousands evacuated after train carrying flammable substance catches fire in eastern Tennessee

A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people within a 2-mile radius. READ

Campaign to sway Greek vote underway as people’s struggle to get cash grinds on

The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. READ

Obama: Opening of US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter’ in ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. READ

Greek leader presses on with vote on austerity after creditors reject bid for quick deal

Eurozone finance ministers decided Wednesday to break off talks on more aid for Greece until after it holds a weekend referendum, even as the Greek government pressed ahead with plans to let the people decide whether to accept more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. READ

Militants launch attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, killing at last 50 troops

Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said. READ

Confidential UN report positive on Iran compliance with preliminary nuclear accord

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. READ

Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein featured at Vatican environment conference

The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting Canadian anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet. READ

Officials say little hope of survivors in crash of Indonesian air force transport plane

Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighbourhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. READ

Prison chief, 11 others placed on leave in aftermath of escape by 2 killers

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid a widening internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, a state official said Tuesday. READ

Iran nuclear talks extended

Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. READ

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