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.
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.
ALBERTA -- A massive wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 60,000 people from Fort McMurray, in the Canadian province of Alberta.
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.
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.
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.
BERLIN -- Anger is growing across at least nine countries in the region at inaction to halt increasing levels of perceived government corruption.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.