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{{newsitem| US road bridge collapse in Washington |24 May 2013|A road bridge collapsed into a river in the north-western US state of Washington after a girder was hit by an oversized lorry, officials have said. Vehicles and people were thrown into the water after part of the Interstate 5 highway crumbled the day before. State officials said three people were rescued from the Skagit river and there were no fatalities. The four-lane bridge near [[Mount Vernon]] is on the main route between the cities of [[Seattle]] and [[Vancouver]], [[Canada]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22650268] }}
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{{newsitem| Clashes at Istanbul park |31 May 2013| Dozens of people have been arrested after [[Turkey|Turkish]] police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul. Demonstrators had held a four-day sit-in at Gezi Park, angry at plans to redevelop that part of Taksim Square. An Istanbul court later ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot trees in the park. But there is wider anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the unrest has spread to Ankara. Protests have also been reported in other cities, including [[Bodrum]], [[Konya]] and [[Izmir]]. Earlier this month, riot police clashed with tens of thousands of people attempting to hold a May Day march in Istanbul. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22732139] }}
{{newsitem| Swedish suburbs shaken by riots |24 May 2013|Police in the Swedish capital, [[Stockholm]], have called in reinforcements after the city's suburbs were hit by a fifth night of riots. Gangs set fire to two schools and a police station in the city on 23 May. About 30 cars were also torched, with the blaze from one vehicle spreading to a nearby shop. Police and firemen were also attacked again with rocks overnight, but no one was severely hurt. The riots broke out after days of rising tensions following the death of a 69-year-old man who was shot by police earlier this month while wielding a machete in the Stockholm suburb of Husby. However, police say they are not sure what sparked the outbreak of violence. The area is blighted by high unemployment and crime levels. A total of 29 people have so far been arrested in connection with the riots, Stockholm Police said in a statement on their website. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/europe/sweden-riots-fifth-night/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Venezuelans Face Shortages |31 May 2013| In the past weeks, Venezuelans have struggled to find goods such as toilet paper and staple food items like milk, sugar and cooking oil. Economists say the shortages stem from the socialist government's controls on the prices of some goods and on foreign currency, which makes it hard for producers to pay for things they need to import. President Nicolas Maduro blames the shortages on hoarding and says anti-government forces are trying to destabilize the country. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/church-venezuelans-face-shortages-19298755#.Uaj-Qpxc0UM] }}
{{newsitem| Heathrow runway closed after plane on fire makes emergency landing |24 May 2013|At least three people have been injured after a plane had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow airport when smoke was seen coming from the back of the plane. Eyewitnesses reported seeing flames and a trail of smoke from the back of the British Airways plane, which was carrying 75 passengers and travelling to [[Oslo]]. Both runways were closed following the incident, which happened on a [[British Airways]] airbus A319. The southern runway was re-opened first, and the northern runway has now been re-opened. The airline said it had cancelled all its short and long haul flights in and out of Heathrow until 4pm BST today. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/10077861/Heathrow-runway-closed-and-three-injured-after-plane-on-fire-makes-emergency-landing.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Biarritz battles beach pollution |31 May 2013| Local authorities have recently forbidden bathing and nautical activities due to dangerously high levels of pollution. May has been unusually wet, stormy and cold for the southwest of [[France]]. Heavy rainfall in the middle of the month has already caused flooding in parts of the Bearn region, inland of Biarritz, and the French meteorological agency has issued flood warnings for the whole area in the upcoming days. This river and rain runoff, combined with strong onshore winds, has led to high levels of sea pollution. The current order affects all the beaches in the suburb of Anglet, which are the most popular with locals, tourists and surfers. For the moment there is no indication how long the ruling will remain in place, but with rain forecast until the start of next week, anyone planning a beach holiday to the Biarritz area should look elsewhere. [http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog]}}
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{{newsitem| Police move in on Kyrgyz protesters  |31 May 2013| About 1,000 people have been camped out for days calling for a bigger share of the profits from the Kumtor mine, owned by Canada's Centerra Gold group. The government has now declared a state of emergency around the gold mine. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22726891] }}
 
{{newsitem| Syria tension destabilizing Lebanon|24 May 2013|An uneasy calm prevailed in the northern Lebanese city of [[Tripoli (Lebanon) | Tripoli]] on 23 May where days of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left 16 people dead and wounded more than 156. Fear of snipers kept people indoors, reported Lebanon's state news agency said. The streets were empty of cars, and schools and universities closed. The clashing sides are residents of the Bab-al-Tibbaneh neighborhood (dominated by Sunnis), and the adjacent Jabal Mohsen neighborhood (which is dominated by Alawites). Tripoli is home to both Alawite and Sunni Muslims, and sectarian tensions have worsened in recent months as the civil war in neighboring Syria rages on. The Alawites support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Sunnis want his ouster. The Lebanese government has remained officially neutral in the conflict. Analysts say the longer the Syrian conflict rages, the more destabilized Lebanon will become. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html] }}
 
{{newsitem| Syria tension destabilizing Lebanon|24 May 2013|An uneasy calm prevailed in the northern Lebanese city of [[Tripoli (Lebanon) | Tripoli]] on 23 May where days of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left 16 people dead and wounded more than 156. Fear of snipers kept people indoors, reported Lebanon's state news agency said. The streets were empty of cars, and schools and universities closed. The clashing sides are residents of the Bab-al-Tibbaneh neighborhood (dominated by Sunnis), and the adjacent Jabal Mohsen neighborhood (which is dominated by Alawites). Tripoli is home to both Alawite and Sunni Muslims, and sectarian tensions have worsened in recent months as the civil war in neighboring Syria rages on. The Alawites support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Sunnis want his ouster. The Lebanese government has remained officially neutral in the conflict. Analysts say the longer the Syrian conflict rages, the more destabilized Lebanon will become. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html] }}
{{newsitem| Afghan Taliban battle police in central Kabul|24 May 2013|Afghan security forces have fought Taliban insurgents for hours in the centre of Kabul, after a major explosion shook the city. A Nepali guard and an off-duty policeman were killed, along with a number of militants. The attack hit a guesthouse used by the International Organization for Migration, one of whose employees was badly injured. The attack began at about 16:00 local time (11:30 GMT) with a car bombing, and it was late evening in Kabul by the time interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the last of the assailants had been killed. The militants, who officials said numbered five or six, had been holed up in the area, home to a number of buildings used by foreign workers. A Taliban spokesman said the group had targeted CIA trainers instructing Afghans at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) intelligence agency. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22656758]  }}
 
{{newsitem| Nigerian army 'destroys' Boko Haram camps in north-east |24 May 2013|A road bridge collapsed into a river in the north-western US state of Washington after a girder was hit by an oversized lorry, officials have said. Vehicles and people were thrown into the water after part of the Interstate 5 highway crumbled the day before. State officials said three people were rescued from the Skagit river and there were no fatalities. The four-lane bridge near [[Mount Vernon]] is on the main route between the cities of [[Seattle]] and [[Vancouver]], [[Canada]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22650268]  }}
 
{{newsitem| Raid on Bahrain cleric's home draws thousands to sit-in |24 May 2013|Tens of thousands of Bahrainis have participated in a sit-in in protest at a raid on a senior Shia cleric's home. The sit-in was called by al-Wefaq, Bahrain's largest opposition political society, after a late night raid on the home of Sheikh Isa Qassim. Last week's raid provoked anger in the Shia Muslim community. Sheikh Qassim is the most senior Shia cleric in the Gulf state. Bahrain has a majority Shia population but the ruling royal family is Sunni Muslim. Shia have long complained of discrimination and formed the largest group when thousands of pro-democracy protesters took over a prominent roundabout in the capital [[Manama]] in February 2011. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22657875] }}
 
 
  
 
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