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Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital

A woman lies dead on the ground at an open-air-market, after a grenade attack by unknown people, in Burundi's capital BujumburaBUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The witness said at least nine people were wounded in the evening incident.

Iraqi forces move to Anbar frontline as anti-IS fightback nears

An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit, pictured near the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province, on May 19, 2015Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi on Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since Anbar's provincial capital fell a week ago. A mosaic of anti-IS forces had for days been massing in the Euphrates Valley to ready for an offensive aimed at turning the tide on rampant jihadists. The May 17 takeover of Ramadi was Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year while the capture three days later of the Syrian city of Palmyra positioned IS for a possible drive on Damascus.

AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s refugee agency says borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, and that the world must do more to support Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees.
Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'

Actors Michael Fassbender, left, and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)CANNES, France (AP) — Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire

The Union Flag flies next to the European Flag outside the European Commission building in central LondonBy William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the email the project should be kept secret from most BoE staff and any journalists asking about it should be told the Bank was looking at a broad range of European economic issues. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.

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