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VOA: Islamic State Raises Flag Over Ramadi

CAIRO - Islamic State militants took over the local government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, raising their black flag in the Anbar province capital, after months of protracted conflict.

An Iraqi parliamentarian told VOA's Kurdish service the city is not in complete Islamic State control, however. Iraqi government forces continue to hold out in several other government buildings,while coalition aircraft bombed militant positions.

MIDDLE EAST

Islamic State routs Iraqi troops in fight for Ramadi. Islamic State crisis: Militants seize Ramadi stronghold. IS group seizes government compound in Iraq's Ramadi. Islamic State raises flag over local government building in Iraq's Ramadi.

US plays down IS militants' gains in Iraq.

Syrian forces battle IS near ancient ruins of Palmyra. Syria deploys reinforcements as IS group closes in on ancient city.

Obama vows ‘ironclad’ support to Gulf states.

Fighting continues in Yemeni city despite truce, 10 killed.

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Israeli army clashes with Palestinians on Nakba day.

Israel to target civilians areas in future war against Hezbollah.

Israeli government to refugees: Go back to Africa or go to prison.

ASIA

State Department says Kerry discusses Rohingya with Thailand.

S.Korea spy agency under scrutiny after reporting Pyongyang execution.

No survivors in Nepal US helicopter crash. Wreckage of missing U.S. helicopter found in Nepal; no survivors.

1,000 migrants land in Indonesia, Thailand in growing crisis. Thailand, Indonesia face migrant crisis.

Pakistani military: Airstrikes target militant hideouts near Afghan border, killing 15.

Pakistan officials question group's claim of Islamic State funding.

India scales back army corps facing China, pours funds into carrier.

Myanmar extends martial law in area near China border.

China says five injured by artillery shells from Myanmar.

U.S., China set for high-stakes rivalry in skies above South China Sea.

Beijing says Philippines, U.S. 'exaggerate China threat' in sea dispute.

China is staking stronger claims in the South China Sea on eve of Kerry's Beijing visit.

China indicts rights lawyer in defiance of U.S. plea for release.

India & China seal record 24 deals estimated at $10bn.

AFRICA

After failed coup, Burundi president urges halt to protests.

Burundi coup figure admits defeat after day of fighting in capital.

Burundian crisis triggers civilian mass exodus.

Belmokhtar rejects IS allegiance pledge: Mauritanian agency.

Boko Haram attacks outskirts of Nigeria's Maiduguri.

UN says ‘war crimes’ committed in Libya.

South Sudan army committed ‘grave’ abuses, say neighbouring states.

Mali peace deal in danger as fierce fighting flares. Mediator: Main rebel group did not sign Mali peace accord.

Israel says Egypt buying advanced Russian air defense system.

EUROPE

Greece teeters towards bankruptcy.

Ukraine economy shrinks 17.6 percent in Q1 as government struggles to cope with conflict.

Russia says to boost military presence in Crimea: RIA.

Russia's economy falls in first quarter as woes mount.

Russia targets 'undesirable' foreign organisations.

Russia urges EU to support gas pipeline crossing Turkey.

Russia will not backtrack on Kosovo, FM says in Serbia.

UK PM Cameron meets Nicola Sturgeon for Scotland talks.

France ready for swift EU reform proposals from Cameron.

Cyprus leaders resume talks on decades-old dispute.

Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions.

AMERICAS

Venezuela's foreign reserves just slumped to its lowest since 2003.

US and Cuba table next round of talks on opening embassies.

Colombia defies U.S. and halts spraying of cocaine crops.

Venezuela continues to deteriorate in lead-up to parliamentary elections.

Rousseff's main ally eyes Brazil's presidency in 2018.

China to invest $50bn in Brazil infrastructure.

Deaths in Chile student protests.

Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death.

ISIS leader declares ‘Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting’ as he calls on Muslims to ‘fight for the Caliphate’ in new audio message.

Senate proposal to close Gitmo will face stiff opposition.

Ex-Bin Laden aide sentenced to life in embassy bombings.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Facebook 'tramples European privacy law': Belgian watchdog.

Google versus Oracle case exposes differences within Obama administration.

ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon.

Private jets have more fatal accidents than commercial planes.

How China threw its rare earths monopoly away.

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