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A man stands in front of a destroyed building with graffiti on a wall that reads in Spanish “Strength Pedernales, we will stay,” one week after the devastating earthquake, in Pedernales, Ecuador, Sunday, April 24, 2016.(Photo: AP)

Obama Plans 250 More Troops for Syria, Boosting Force to 300

President Barack Obama will announce plans on Monday to send as many as 250 additional US troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the American presence working with local Syrian forces fighting Islamic State (ISIS) militants, US officials said.

Toned-Down Trump Does Not Mean a Retreat From Policy: Aide

A promise that US Republican front-runner Donald Trump will adopt a more presidential campaign style does not signal a retreat from core policies such as his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border, his top adviser said.

Yemeni, UAE Troops Enter al-Qaeda-Held City

Yemeni and Emirati soldiers seized Yemen’s seaport of Mukalla from al-Qaeda fighters, depriving the group of the seaport that enabled it to amass a fortune amid the country’s civil war.

Ceasefire in Northern Iraq After Kurd-Shi’ite Clashes

Clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen paramilitary forces in northern Iraq killed at least 12 fighters and cut off a key road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk before community leaders reached a ceasefire agreement.

North Korea: Submarine Ballistic Missile Test “Great Success”

North Korea said a submarine-launched ballistic missile test it conducted under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un was a “great success” that provided “one more means for powerful nuclear attack”.

Mexico Hampered Probe Into Apparent Student Massacre

A panel of international experts accused Mexico’s government of undermining their probe into the fate of 43 trainee teachers apparently massacred in 2014, the most notorious human rights violation case in Mexico in recent years.

Ecuador Quake Death Toll Rises to More Than 650

The death toll from Ecuador’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, President Rafael Correa said.

Hunt for Suspects in Ohio Mass Slaying Enters Third Day

Eight family members found shot to death in rural Ohio were specifically targeted in a pre-planned, “sophisticated operation,” authorities said as their investigation stretched into its third day.

Prince Cremated; Family, Friends Honour Him at Ceremony

Prince’s remains were cremated and his family and friends attended a private ceremony to pay their respects to the pop superstar at the studio complex where he died in a suburb of Minneapolis.

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