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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LONDON -- Several European governments have issued warnings as a heatwave sweeping through Portugal, Spain and France pushes temperatures above 40°C.
ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accepted creditors’ proposals as a basis for compromise to end a standoff over its bailout.
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.
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.
JEDDAH -- Saudi Arabia is planning large-scale infrastructure projects, including ports expansion schemes and transportation, to diversify the oil-dependent economy.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies.
CUPERTINO -- Apple's streaming music service officially launched on Tuesday, sparking a fierce battle for dominance and survival with industry leader Spotify.
MOSCOW -- Russia’s next generation manportable air defence system (MANPADS) can engage aircraft, drones and cruise missiles head-on in a frontal attack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VANCOUVER -- Defending champions Japan - yet to lose a match in this tournament - will face Olympic champions USA in a repeat of the 2011 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.
WELLINGTON -- An all-New Zealand final features the Hurricanes against the Highlanders, both hoping to secure a first Super Rugby title.
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.
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.
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.
MOGYOROD -- Tenth Grand Prix of the F1 season, held at the technically demanding Hungaroring circuit near Budapest.
LONDON -- Champions Chelsea open the defence of their title at home against Swansea, while runners-up Manchester City face West Bromwich Albion.
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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