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Democratic Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Reuters)

Obama is ‘Fired Up’ for Clinton as Democrats Seek to Unify Party

US President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s White House bid and urged Democrats to unite behind her after a protracted battle with Bernie Sanders for the party nomination.

US Allies Tighten Grip Around Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

US-backed militia drew within firing distance of the last road into Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria. This development is part of a wave of new offensives, putting unprecedented pressure on self-appointed caliphate.


Peru’s Kuczynski Beats Fujimori in Near-Final Vote Count

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is on track to become Peru’s next president after a near-final vote tally gave him a narrow lead in the country’s tightest election in decades. However his rival Keiko Fujimori is yet to accept defeat.


Stocks Down, Bonds Rally as “Brexit” Vote Looms

Asian shares pulled back as investors sought refuge in safe-haven assets amid festering concerns about a UK referendum that could push Britain out of the European Union.


Millions of American Children Missing Early Lead Tests

Many states and Medicaid rules require blood lead tests for young children. However millions are falling through this safety net, leaving them vulnerable to poisoning.


Thousands Gather for Muslim Funeral Honouring Muhammad Ali

A Muslim funeral for Muhammad Ali draws thousands of admirers to the boxer’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where mourners pray over the body of a man who battled in the ring and sought peace outside it.


California Attorney General Slams Sentence in Stanford Sex Assault Case

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the top vote-getter in the state’s US Senate primary, joined the criticism of a six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.


Cathedral Service Starts Celebrations for British Queen’s 90th birthday

Britain held a National Service of Thanksgiving in honour of Queen Elizabeth on Friday, kicking off a weekend of events to mark the official 90th birthday of the country’s longest-reigning monarch.


Libyan Forces Fight Islamic State in Sirte, Predict They Will Seize City Soon

Forces aligned with Libya’s unity government battle Islamic State in its stronghold of Sirte. However they faced resistance from snipers as they edged towards the city’s center in their campaign to oust militant group from its most significant base outside Middle East.

Also read: British Troops are Using Bollywood Music to “Freak Out” ISIS

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