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A car bomb outside a New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah, Helmand Province, kills at least 20 people. The Taliban claims responsibility.

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Maute rebels storm a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, Philippines, and take civilians hostage.

Pro-Islamic State militants have stormed a town and occupied a school in the southern Philippines.

ISIL militants reportedly blow up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi famously proclaimed the creation of a caliphate in 2014. ISIL blames a U.S. airstrike as a cover up.

The al-Nuri Mosque was where the leader of IS proclaimed its so-called "caliphate" in 2014.

More than 50,000 people practice yoga in Lucknow, India, to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Yoga practitioners took a relaxing break to bend, twist and pose Wednesday morning for the annual event celebrating the practice, especially in the country where it began. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents for a mass yoga session in the pouring...

The United Kingdom experiences its first early summer heat wave in over 20 years, and the highest recorded June temperatures in over 40 years with a reading of 34.5C (94F) recorded at Heathrow Airport.

Temperatures hit 34.5C (94F) in the UK, as the mercury soars to its highest point in 41 years.

A ten-year-old boy dies from injuries sustained during Tropical Storm Cindy in Fort Morgan, Alabama.

According to WKRG, the little boy suffered severe facial trauma after possibly being injured by debris from the storm.

A police officer is stabbed at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. The FBI is investigating the incident as terrorism.

The stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport on Wednesday is being investigated by the FBI as a possible terror attack, officials said.

An Imam in Australia who married a 14 year old to a 34 year old will not face jail time despite conviction.

Ibrahim Omerdic had presided over the marriage of the teenage girl to a man aged 34, telling her she must obey her new husband

In a royal decree, King Salman of Saudi Arabia appoints his son Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud as Crown Prince, stripping his nephew Muhammad bin Nayef of the title.

Mohammed bin Nayef is replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, the 31-year-old rising power who is in charge of the economy and the war in Yemen

After a short term political crisis, started when the governing PSD retracted its support, the Parliament of Romania passes a no confidence motion against the government led by former PSD Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

Francois Bayrou resigns as France's Minister of Justice amid an ongoing investigation into the centrist Democratic Movement (MoDem)'s alleged fraudulent employment of parliamentary assistants.

Centrist leader François Bayrou is the latest to resign as the president finalises his cabinet team.

The European Space Agency (ESA) approves the PLATO space observatory which will seek out Earth-like exoplanets.

The European Space Agency's multi-million euro project "could eventually even lead to the detection of extra-terrestrial life".


The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) suspends combat missions against ISIL over Syria, following Russia's threat that it would treat any aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates as a potential target.

Move follows Moscow’s warning coalition planes west of Euphrates will be a potential target after US shot down Syrian fighter jet

A man is shot in Brussels Central Station amid reports of an attempted bombing attack.

Belgian police say the situation is under control after the incident at Brussels Central Station.

A secret collection of Nazi heritage is found in Argentina.

Argentine police have seized a cache of Nazi artefacts hidden behind a library in the house of an art collector in Buenos Aires, including a bust of dictator Adolf Hitler and instruments used as racial classification tools.

Robert Kaplan, head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, says that low bond yields suggest sluggish growth ahead for the economy of the United States.

With yields on U.S. 10-year Treasuries as low as they are, the Federal Reserve needs to be careful about raising U.S. interest rates further, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Tuesday.

Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick resigns amid pressure from investors due to allegations of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and corporate misconduct in the company.

The company’s co-founder had been under increasing pressure, and several major investors demanded that he resign from the company immediately.

A heat wave strikes the Western U.S. states of Arizona, California, and Nevada. It is predicted to last until June 23.

Tropical Storm Cindy makes its way towards the eastern coasts of the Southern United States.

June's first tropical storm formed Monday in the Atlantic.

A Canadair firefighting plane reportedly crashes in Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal, while tackling raging wildfires. However, this claim has been denied by Portuguese authorities.

The water-bombing plane was fighting huge forest fires in central Portugal that have killed dozens.

Following the death of 22-year-old U.S. student Otto Warmbier, touring firm Young Pioneer Tours, who arranged Otto's visit to North Korea, say they will no longer be taking U.S. citizens to North Korea as the "risk is too high". Beijing-based Koryo Tours say they are reviewing their positions on taking U.S. citizens to the country.

Young Pioneer Tours says risk is too high after 22-year-old student died on his return from imprisonment in the secretive state

The Supreme Court paves the way for the prosecution of Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Diaz after she voiced criticism towards President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court cleared the way for a trial against the country’s chief prosecutor, who became a surprise hero to the opposition after breaking ranks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro over his efforts to concentrate power.

The European Court of Human Rights rules that Russia's gay propaganda law encourages homophobia, reinforces prejudice and violates the right to freedom of speech.

Russia’s so-called gay propaganda law reinforces “stigma and prejudice” and violates the right to freedom of expression, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The law, which bans the promotion of "homosexual behaviour among minors", has been in place since 2013.

Campaigning ends and voting begins in the suburbs of Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia between Republican Karen Handel and Democratic Jon Ossoff, where Republican Handel wins the election by a narrow margin.

Results for the special election between Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, and Karen Handel, a Republican.

Republican Ralph Norman narrowly defeats Democrat Archie Parnell to win a U.S. House district in north-central South Carolina.

Maps and results in the special election for a House seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, now director of the Office of Management and Budget.