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Egypt stunned by IS assault in Sinai Egypt stunned by IS assault in Sinai

RAFAH -- Egypt’s military killed 29 militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula Thursday after a 16-hour battle with Islamic State left at least 117 people dead on Wednesday

Air raids at dawn Thursday killed 23 extremists just south of Rafah, a key Sinai border town near the Gaza Strip, Sinai security officials said. The Associated Press also reported that the army raided a house in Rafah, killing six armed IS militants wearing military uniforms.


Record-breaking Solar Impulse flightRecord-breaking Solar Impulse flight

HAWAII -- In a record-breaking flight across the Pacific powered only by the sun, Solar Impulse 2 has made the longest-duration solo flight in aviation history.

Pope's three-nation tour of South AmericaPope's three-nation tour of South America

VATICAN -- The Vatican has revealed the details of Pope Francis’s upcoming three-nation tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay that will take place from July 5 to 12.


Greece asks creditors for third bailoutGreece asks creditors for third bailout

BRUSSELS -- Athens has again rushed to Brussels with new economic proposals in an effort to get a new €29.1 billion bailout deal to replenish public coffers and pay debts.

Shark attacks off U.S. and AustraliaShark attacks off U.S. and Australia

SYDNEY -- A shark bit a terrified surfer's board on Friday near the Australian coastal town of Ballina where another surfer was critically mauled a day earlier.


New displays rumoured for iPhone 7New displays rumoured for iPhone 7

CUPERTINO -- Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 7 this autumn with a Force Touch display – currently featured in the Apple Watch and its new MacBook.

Heatwave leaves Scotland hotter than GreeceHeatwave leaves Scotland hotter than Greece

LONDON -- Several European governments have issued warnings as a heatwave sweeping through Portugal, Spain and France pushes temperatures above 40°C.


Greek PM accepts bailout termsGreek PM accepts bailout terms

ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accepted creditors’ proposals as a basis for compromise to end a standoff over its bailout.

Japan’s Robot Hotel to open in JulyJapan’s Robot Hotel to open in July

NAGASAKI -- Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic members of staff. They will check you in, take your bags, escort you to your room, and chat in four languages.


Jul 3: Russia to send cargo ship to space stationJul 3: Russia to send cargo ship to space station

BAIKONUR -- Following the failure of a SpaceX mission to the International Space Station, Russia will launch a Progress 60P resupply ship at 16:55GMT on Friday.

Fall in oil price drives Saudi push to diversifyFall in oil price drives Saudi push to diversify

JEDDAH -- Saudi Arabia is planning large-scale infrastructure projects, including ports expansion schemes and transportation, to diversify the oil-dependent economy.


Obama ends half-century U.S. freeze on CubaObama ends half-century U.S. freeze on Cuba

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies.

Spotify vs Apple Music in streaming showdownSpotify vs Apple Music in streaming showdown

CUPERTINO -- Apple's streaming music service officially launched on Tuesday, sparking a fierce battle for dominance and survival with industry leader Spotify.


Russia unveils new-generation missileRussia unveils new-generation missile

MOSCOW -- Russia’s next generation manportable air defence system (MANPADS) can engage aircraft, drones and cruise missiles head-on in a frontal attack.

NATO to beef up rapid response forceNATO to beef up rapid response force

BRUSSELS -- NATO will approve plans at a meeting Wednesday/Thursday to more than double the size of its rapid response force from some 13,000 troops to up to 40,000.


Jurassic World chases Avatar for world recordJurassic World chases Avatar for world record

LOS ANGELES -- The dinosaurs of "Jurassic World" snapped up $54.2 million in their third weekend in U.S. and Canadian cinemas with an overall haul of $500 million.

Jul 6: Tibet's Dalai Lama turns 80Jul 6: Tibet's Dalai Lama turns 80

DHARAMSHALA -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader and head of the government-in-exile in northern India, turns 80 on July 6. He is currently touring Australia.


Jul 16-19: British Open Championship golfJul 16-19: British Open Championship golf

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The 2015 Open Championship will be the 29th held on the Old Course at the heart of the Home of Golf, which held its first British Open in 1873.

Jul 5: FIFA Women’s World CupJul 5: FIFA Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER -- Defending champions Japan - yet to lose a match in this tournament - will face Olympic champions USA in a repeat of the 2011 final.


Jul 4: Copa America FinalJul 4: Copa America Final

SANTIAGO -- Home fans are dreaming of their first Copa America title, but Chile will have to beat Messi-inspired favourites Argentina in the Final on Saturday.

Jul 4: Super Rugby FinalJul 4: Super Rugby Final

WELLINGTON -- An all-New Zealand final features the Hurricanes against the Highlanders, both hoping to secure a first Super Rugby title.


Jul 8: England, Australia prepare for AshesJul 8: England, Australia prepare for Ashes

CARDIFF -- Both sides have named their squads as they make their final preparations for the 69th battle for the Ashes urn, one of cricket’s most coveted prizes.

Jul 4-26: Tour de FranceJul 4-26: Tour de France

UTRECHT -- The world’s greatest cycling race starts in the Netherlands, with 17 UCI World Tour teams and 5 wildcard teams, and ends in Paris three weeks later.


Jul 3-5: British Grand PrixJul 3-5: British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE -- Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to get back to winning ways on home soil, where he revitalised his season in 2014 on the way to the World Championship.

Jul 24-26: Hungarian Grand PrixJul 24-26: Hungarian Grand Prix

MOGYOROD -- Tenth Grand Prix of the F1 season, held at the technically demanding Hungaroring circuit near Budapest.


Aug 8: English Premier League kick-offAug 8: English Premier League kick-off

LONDON -- Champions Chelsea open the defence of their title at home against Swansea, while runners-up Manchester City face West Bromwich Albion.

Jul 2-5: Rally Poland WRCJul 2-5: Rally Poland WRC

MIKOLAJKI -- While the open roads in the Masurian lake district are very fast, tall grass lines the route, hiding rocks that make cutting corners a severe risk.


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