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Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
 
Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp
Greek authorities began an operation at dawn Tuesday to gradually evacuate the country's largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian border, blocking access to the area and sending in more than 400 riot police.
 
Blasts in Syria gov't strongholds kill 80; IS claims responsibility
A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
 
Leaders seek to defy sceptics at Istanbul summit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy skeptics at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.
 
Hospital attack shows cost of ongoing Syrian war
In the final minutes of his life, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz was making late-night rounds at the children's ward at Quds Hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Closed-circuit video showed him padding down a corridor in his green scrubs before disappearing off-camera.
 
Gaza 'Spiderboy' seeks to storm Guinness records
Mohammed al-Sheikh is only 12 and feels trapped in Gaza but he dreams of a Guinness world record for a series of stunning backflips and his almost unbelievable body contortions.
 
Pope and top imam embrace in historic meeting
Pope Francis met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.
 
Greece eyes evacuation of border camp: report
Greece is planning a police operation early Tuesday to evacuate the squalid migrant camp of Idomeni on its border with Macedonia, a report said Monday.
 
Syria regime is relentless on siege of 'thorn in side' Daraya, rejecting aid
Under international pressure, Syria's government has agreed to partial aid access for thousands of civilians living under regime siege but one town near Damascus remains a "thorn in its side": Daraya.
 
Would-be bomber escapes Boko Haram captors in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria, May 23, 2016 (AFP) - A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.
 
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