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05-18 Head of Syrian air defense killed, official says Damascus
2. 05-18 Arrests over Turkish mine deaths Soma, Turkey
3. 05-18 Fears of new surge on Serbia's River Sava River Sava, Belgrade
4. 05-18 British yacht missing with 4 on board United Kingdom
F. 05-18 Swiss reject highest minimum wage Switzerland
G. 05-18 Crimea's Tatars defy rally ban Simferopol, Crimea
H. 05-18 California Chrome wins the Preakness Stakes Baltimore
I. 05-18 Djokovic rallies to take down Rafael Nadal in Italian Open final Rome
9. 05-18 S Korea to break up coast guard South Korea

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May.18   Damascus     Head of Syrian air defense killed, official says Map of Damascus
  Lt. Gen. Hussein Ishaq was killed in clashes near the capital, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country's 3-year-old civil war


  Turkey     Arrests over Turkish mine deaths
Map of Soma Turkey
  Turkish police have arrested 24 people, including the general manager of the mine, following the country's worst-ever mining disaster


  Belgrade   Fears of new surge on Serbia's River Sava Map of River Sava Serbia  Emergency workers in Serbia are preparing for a 'flood wave' on one of the country's main rivers

  United Kingdom   British yacht missing with 4 on board  Officials say a search has been called off for four Britons missing at sea after their yacht apparently capsized in the mid-Atlantic

  Switzerland Swiss reject highest minimum wage  Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce what would have been the highest minimum wage in the world in a referendum

  Crimea Crimea's Tatars defy rally ban  Military helicopters have flown low over a crowd of Tatars in Crimea, in an apparent attempt to disrupt rallies marking Stalin's mass deportations

  Baltimore California Chrome wins the Preakness Stakes  Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday with a burst at the homestretch

  Rome Djokovic rallies to take down Rafael Nadal in Italian Open final  No. 2 Novak Djokovic scored his fourth straight win over No. 1 Rafael Nadal, defeating the defending champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

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  South Korea     S Korea to break up coast guard
  South Korea is to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which about 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye


  Colombia   Bus fire in Colombia kills at least 32 children
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  A bus carrying young people home from a church service caught fire on a street in a northern city. 50 people were on the bus when it burst into flames


  Dallas AT&T agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion  AT&T Inc. agreed to buy satellite TV provider for $95 per share to give telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers

  Queensland Sir Jack Brabham, ex-F1 champion, dies aged 88  Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham - who won the title in a car he built himself

  Northern Nigeria Nigeria suicide blast leaves four dead in Kano  The blast happened in a street with many bars and night spots in the predominantly Christian area of Sabon Gari

  Basque 60 injured as barrier collapses at Spanish soccer match  a vital relegation match between Osasuna and Real Betis at the El Sadar stadium, Pamplona, was halted after a barrier collapsed

  Bosnia Flooding triggers 3,000 landslides across the Balkans  Floodwaters are laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines leftover from the region's 1990s war

Evening News


  Thailand Thai economy contracts 2.1 percent in 1Q  Thailand's economy contracted in the first quarter, slammed by a protracted political crisis that is likely to slow growth for the rest of the year

  Western Australia Chinese navy ship to map seabed in search for MH370  A survey ship is scheduled to start mapping the seabed off the west Australian coast as part of the latest phase in the search for the Malaysian airliner

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