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+ Israel strikes weapons shipment in Syria
+ Blast kills 5 US troops in Afghanistan
Israeli warplanes hit a weapons shipment in Syria headed for Lebanon's Hezbollah, media quote US officials as saying, with a diplomatic source reporting that the strikes targeted missiles stored at Damascus airport.
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A roadside bomb kills five US troops in Afghanistan and two other NATO soldiers are shot dead in an "insider attack", a week after the Taliban launched their spring offensive.
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-- AMERICAS --
Cooling temperatures and higher humidity help firefighters battle a raging California blaze that has threatened 4,000 homes in the rugged hills north of Malibu, in an early start to the state's wildfire season.
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US President Barack Obama turns the spotlight on economic ties with Latin America as he wraps up a three-day trip to a region roiled by drug violence.
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Americans don't want to eat horse meat, Congress is trying to forbid its sale and export -- yet for the first time since 2007, new horse slaughter houses are set to open in the US.
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Surging oil production put the United States on track toward greater energy independence, but bottlenecks in the distribution system are driving US reserves to their highest levels in 30 years, analysts say.
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-- AFRICA --
The search for about 100 workers believed to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region has ended after nine rescuers also became trapped, a colleague of the miners says.
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Thirty-nine people die and 30 are injured in fierce fighting between Christian and Muslim mobs in central Nigeria's Taraba state, prompting a round-the-clock curfew.
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-- ASIA --
Hundreds of people protest against a proposed chemical plant in southwest China, state media says, while residents in another city accuse authorities of preventing a similar protest.
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The UN's labour agency urges Bangladesh to close unsafe factories as rescuers pull more bodies from the wreckage of the nation's worst industrial disaster, pushing the death toll to at least 550.
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Two hundred protesters take to the streets in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to demonstrate against an attack on a Pakistani prisoner in India.
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