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Six conflicts account for 80% of global conflict fatalities

LONDON -- Around 167,000 people died in armed conflicts in 2015 across the world, with six conflicts accounting for nearly 80% of fatalities.

The newly published Armed Conflict Survey from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) assesses 37 conflicts, including those in Syria, Iraq, Central America, Mexico, Afghanistan and Nigeria’s battle with Boko Haram.


Fourth hospital attacked in Syrian city of Aleppo

LONDON -- A surge in fighting in Aleppo has killed almost 300 people since April 21, with deliberate attacks on four hospitals and civilian areas in the past week.

Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation

ALBERTA -- A massive wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 60,000 people from Fort McMurray, in the Canadian province of Alberta.


London's Big Ben to fall silent

LONDON -- The famous chimes of London’s Big Ben are to fall silent in 2017 as part of a $42 million project to prevent its mechanism from failing.

Trump nearer to U.S. Republican nomination

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has become the U.S. Republican presidential nominee in all but name after victory in Indiana forced rival Ted Cruz from the race.


Captain Cook's Endeavour believed found

RHODE ISLAND -- Researchers in the U.S. believe they have located the wreckage of the Endeavour, a ship sailed by the famous British explorer James Cook.

Corruption worsens in Arab world

BERLIN -- Anger is growing across at least nine countries in the region at inaction to halt increasing levels of perceived government corruption.


Eurozone GDP growth picks up

LONDON -- Growth in the eurozone economy expanded 0.6 percent in the first three months of 2016 and is now at the same rate as it was before the 2008 crisis.

Earthlings prepare for Transit of Mercury

LONDON -- On May 9 there will be a Transit of Mercury – that’s when the tiny planet Mercury will appear as a black dot crossing in front of the Sun.


Cannes Film Festival begins on May 11

CANNES -- Twenty-one films are in competition at Cannes for the prestigious Palme d’Or, including new films from Ken Loach, Sean Penn and Pedro Almodovar.

N Korea chases second strike capability

LONDON -- Analysts say North Korea’s latest test launch of a KN-11 missile shows Pyongyang has the means to fire a ballistic missile vertically from a submarine.


May 14: European Rugby Champions Cup

LYON -- Racing Metro 92 of France and Saracens of England clash in the showpiece European Rugby Champions Cup final with both looking to win the title for the first time.

May 5: Europa League semi-final, second leg

LIVERPOOL -- Sevilla take on Shakhtar Donetsk with the match all square after a draw in Ukraine, while Liverpool host Villarreal at Anfield with a one goal deficit.


Leicester City win title on shoestring budget

LEICESTER -- The Foxes’ Premier League title dream became reality despite being 17th in the payroll league, spending an estimated £48.2m in the 2015-16 season.

May 13-15: Euroleague Final Four basketball

BERLIN -- Ulker of Turkey face Spain’s Laboral Kuxta, while six-time champions CSKA Moscow take on Final Four debutants Lokomotiv Kuban in an all-Russian showdown.


May 6-29: Giro d’Italia starts in Netherlands

APELDOORN -- Almost 200 riders in 22 teams will compete for the pink jersey in the first of cycling’s Grand Tours, ending in Turin after three gruelling weeks.

Jun 10-Jul 10: Euro 2016 goalscorers clash

PARIS -- Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal start the tournament just three goals behind Michel Platini’s tally of nine goals in Euro 84.


May 6-22: Ice Hockey World Champs

ST PETERSBURG -- Canada open the defence of their title against the USA, while the hosts and runners-up of the 2015 tournament take on Czech Republic in Moscow.

May 13-15: F1 Spanish Grand Prix

BARCELONA -- The Circuit de Catalunya hosts the fifth Grand Prix of the 2016 season, one of the oldest on the calendar dating back to 1913.


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