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Smoke rises from clashes near FallujaBy Maher Nazeh and Saif Hameed CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fought back vigorously overnight and parried an onslaught by the Iraqi army on a southern district of the city of Falluja, the group's bastion near Baghdad, officers said on Tuesday. An aid official warned of a "human catastrophe" unfolding in the city, with residents unable to escape. Soldiers from the elite Rapid Response Team stopped their advance overnight about 500 meters (yards) from the al-Shuhada district, the southeastern part of city's main built-up area, an army commander and a police officer said.


The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang YongChina has been angered by what it views as provocative U.S. military patrols close to islands China controls in the South China Sea. "Beijing will pressure Washington over maritime issues during the upcoming Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as the United States' increasing military presence in the South China Sea is among China's major concerns," the official China Daily said, citing unidentified officials.


KCNA file picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at a rocket warhead tip after a simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missileBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast on Tuesday but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said, in what would be the latest in a string of unsuccessful ballistic missile tests by the isolated country. Tension in Northeast Asia has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles. Japan put its military alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch.


File photo of smoke billowing from a military arms depot after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike on the Nuqom Mountain overlooking Yemen's capital SanaaSaudi Arabia has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen and a Saudi-led military coalition said in a statement late on Monday it may be forced to reconsider a truce that has been place since April. Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition of Arab states, intervened in Yemen in March last year mainly with air strikes to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Houthis, backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, had advanced on Hadi's temporary headquarters in the southern city of Aden, forcing him to flee the country.


Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters to a media conference together with Israel's new Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of far-right Yisrael Beitenu party, following Lieberman's swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset, the Israeli parliaBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians. Netanyahu's comments were a formal response to a speech last week by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who promised Israel warmer ties if it accepted efforts to resume peace talks. "The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said, echoing comments he made a year ago to Israeli reporters.


Civilians and civil defence members look for survivors at a site damaged after Russian air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held city of IdlibAt least 23 people were killed in Russian air strikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities was agreed in February, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said the air strikes targeted a number of positions in the city, one of them next to a hospital. Seven children were among the dead, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said.


KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwait criminal court has sentenced three members of the royal family to five-year prison terms each for insulting judges.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security and hospital officials say a roadside bomb has struck a military armored vehicle in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers.
Some 3,700 people have fled Falluja over the past week since the Iraqi army began its offensive on the city controlled by Islamic State, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "We have reports of casualties among people in the city center in Falluja due to heavy shelling, including 7 members of one family on the 28th of May. We also have several reports of people being used as human shields by ISIL (Islamic State)," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing.
PARIS (AP) — Heavy rain is drenching parts of France, with flood warnings near the English Channel, canceled matches at the French Open and soggy tourists in Paris.
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs — were they bulging? "I like when the products are fresh, and the quality is good," she said. "When I come here, I have a look. If it's good, then I will buy it. If it's only cheap, I won't buy it." In American Wal-Marts, customers are not offered the opportunity to fondle their fish. But America is not China, as the world's biggest retailer has learned.

CORRECTS TO MALAYSIAN MILITARY PERSONNEL Malaysian military personnel carry a coffin during a repatriation ceremony for Australian soldiers at Subang military air base in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The Australian soldiers, many who were casualties during the Vietnam War, were buried in Malaysia along with some dependents. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SUBANG AIR BASE, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies of 32 Australian service personnel and their dependents, many of them killed during the Vietnam War, were handed over by Malaysian soldiers to their Australian counterparts Tuesday. Australian officials say it's among the biggest single repatriations in the nation's history.


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Tuesday that heavy air strikes reported to have been carried out by Russian jets on a hospital and a mosque in Syria's rebel-held city of Idlib had killed more than 60 civilians and injured around 200 people. In an e-mailed statement, the Turkish foreign ministry called on the international community to act swiftly against what it called the "indefensible" crimes of the Russian and Syrian administration. (Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, May 30, 2016. Asian stocks rose Monday following Wall Street's gains as investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China, Australia and Korea. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets rose Tuesday on better-than-expected Japanese economic data and a weaker yen while European shares drifted as investors came back from a long weekend in the U.S. and Britain.


In this image made from video of K.K.Productions, a huge fire is seen at the Pulgaon ammunition depot in Pulgaon in the Indian state of Maharastra, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A fire broke out at a major ammunitions depot in western India early Tuesday, causing fatalities, officials said. (K.K. Productions via AP) NO SALESNEW DELHI (AP) — A fire broke out at a major ammunitions depot in western India on Tuesday, killing at least 17 army personnel, the Defense Ministry said.


CAIRO (AP) — In a story May 30 about the referral to trial of the head of Egypt's Journalists union and two of its board members, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the three did not post bail. A statement from the prosecution office states that they did
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court has convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and sentenced her to a 14-month suspended sentence.

A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui ProvinceChina aims to curb worsening soil pollution by 2020 and stabilize and improve soil quality by 2030, the cabinet said in an action plan published on Tuesday. The government will continue to eliminate outdated capacity in heavy metal sectors, the cabinet said in a statement on its website (www.gov.cn). Last year, the environment minister said 16.1 percent of China's soil exceeded state pollution limits, but treatment costs for heavy metal or chemical contamination are high, and China has struggled to attract private capital.


German electronic band Kraftwerk perform at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in January 2015Germany's highest court Tuesday struck down a challenge by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk against a hip-hop artist's two-second sample of their tune, in a dispute that erupted almost two decades ago. The constitutional court ruled that if the impact on the usage rights of the intellectual property owner is "negligible, then artistic freedom overrides the interest of the owner of the copyright". At the heart of the dispute is a short drum sequence looped repeatedly in the song "Nur mir" (Only Me) by Sabrina Setlur, also famous for her past relationship with German former tennis star Boris Becker.


Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos holds the trophy at Cibeles square after winning the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, during a celebration parade in Madrid, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)MADRID (AP) — Three players from Real Madrid and three from Atletico Madrid will compete for the final four spots in Spain's squad for the European Championship.


Fallujah is expected to give Iraqi forces one of their toughest battles yet but the Islamic State group has appeared weakened in recent months and has been losing territory consistently over the past yearIraqi forces faced tough resistance from the Islamic State group Tuesday as they attempted to enter the centre of Fallujah, where there were mounting fears for thousands of trapped civilians. A day after announcing a push into the jihadist bastion, forces led by Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service had some way to go before retaking the city. After thrusting toward Fallujah from three directions on Monday, their biggest advance was from the south, where they pushed into the suburb of Naimiyah.


Iraqi military forces prepare for an offensive into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 20 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah, a city held by the extremists group west of Iraq's capital. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.


Russia launched its Syria bombing campaign on September 30Russian warplanes pounded an Al-Qaeda-held city in northwestern Syria overnight killing 23 civilians in the heaviest strikes in months, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. Dozens of civilians were also wounded in the raids on Idlib, a provincial capital held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies since March last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "The air strikes are the most intensive on Idlib since the beginning of the truce," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.


LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Ecstasy is becoming popular again in the European Union, with online sales and targeted marketing helping to drive the revival among a new generation of users, the EU drug agency said Tuesday.
PRAGUE (AP) — An American man charged with murder over the killing of four of his relatives has gone on trial in the Czech Republic.

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo a Golf Volkswagen car is presented to media inside a delivery tower prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it grappled with a costly scandal over cars it had equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.


LONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit says no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year's Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister is reviving an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case.

File photo of an armed gunman walking near burning tyres as protesters block Damascus-Aleppo highway in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib provinceCivilians fleeing an Islamic State offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said. The civilians have been fleeing fighting between Syrian rebels and the Islamic State group that advanced into the opposition-held town of Marea at the weekend, a significant advance by the jihadists against Turkish-backed insurgents. The United Nations has expressed concern about an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by fighting in northern Aleppo.


BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists have raised the death toll from the late night airstrikes on the northwestern city of Idlib, saying at least 23 people were killed.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski is still wanted by the US for sentencing over the 1977 statutory rape of Samantha Geimer after a photo shoot in Los AngelesPoland on Tuesday relaunched a procedure to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced he would appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a previous decision that Polanski should not face extradition. A lawyer for the 82-year French-Polish director, Jerzy Stachowicz, told AFP that the minister's announcement did not come as a surprise.


SINGAPORE (AP) — Four Bangladeshi workers held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country were convicted of financing terrorism by a court in Singapore on Tuesday.

FILE - In this Friday, April 15, 2016 file photo, an FA-18 jet fighter lands on the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the South China Sea while U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier during a trip to the region. American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the “new normal” in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Russia. U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from Beijing and Moscow. They say the Obama administration is fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific, and is conducting for illegal and unsafe transit in the region. (AP Photo/Lolita C. Baldor, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.


Gunmen in Afghanistan killed nine bus passengers and kidnapped 170 on Tuesday outside the northern city of Kunduz in an attack blamed on Taliban insurgents, a provincial official said. The attackers stopped three buses on a road and ordered the passengers out, shot dead nine of them and kidnapped the rest, said Massoum Hashemi, deputy police chief of Kunduz. "The Taliban have brutally killed nine civilians and taken about 20 with them," Hashemi said.
BERLIN (AP) — Official figures show unemployment in Germany dropped to 6 percent in May, underlining the strength of the labor market in Europe's largest economy.

The Iranian parliament during an open session to choose interim presiding board in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Iran's long-serving parliament speaker Ali Larijani will retain his post despite gains by reformists in elections held earlier this year, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament on Tuesday confirmed the re-election of its long-serving parliament speaker for another year.


BANGKOK (AP) — A school in northern Thailand where 17 girls were killed in a dormitory fire last week has reopened, but only about a third of the students returned because some families remain concerned about safety, a volunteer at the school said Tuesday.

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