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11:54 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

A Proton-M rocket shown in 2013. The same type of rocket malfunctioned in mid-flight on Saturday and crashed over Siberia carrying a Mexican communications satellite.
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Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 12:56 pm

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican telecommunications satellite experienced a malfunction minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and subsequently burned up over eastern Siberia, the Russian space agency says.

According to Russian news agencies, the rocket crashed about eight minutes after launch in the sparsely populated Chita region of Siberia.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Sat May 16, 2015

U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

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Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 12:42 pm

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

A senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special forces during a raid against the terrorist network in Syria, the National Security Council says.

"Last night, at the President's direction, U.S. personnel based out of Iraq conducted an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture an ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf. During the course of the operation, Abu Sayyaf was killed when he engaged U.S. forces," NSC spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Egyptian Court Hands Morsi A Death Sentence

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's third-highest ranking member and a main financier of the banned movement, Khayrat al-Shater (second from left), and other defendants flash the four-finger salute during their trial in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who was among them, received the death penalty.
Khaled Elfiqi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 12:41 pm

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to death on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The sentence, handed down by an Egyptian court today, was broadcast on state television and comes as Morsi is already serving a 20-year term on charges relating to the killing of protesters in Cairo in 2012.

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Asia
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Tensions In South China Sea Loom Over Kerry Visit

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Europe
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Venice's Gondoliers Make Room For Wheelchairs

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Asia
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

'Nepali Times' Editor: After Quakes, Nepalese Surprisingly Upbeat

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Middle East
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi To Death

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 2:51 pm

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Parallels
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Will Israel Charge Soldiers In Gaza Civilian Deaths?

Displaced Palestinians seek shelter in the courtyard of a United Nations-run elementary school in Jabaliya, a northern Gaza town, in July 2014 — shortly before the school was hit by what the UN says was Israeli artillery. Israel has opened a criminal investigation into the attack.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

By the end of July during last summer's war in the Gaza Strip, more than 3,000 Palestinians crowded into a United Nations-run elementary school in Jabaliya, a northern Gaza town. They had moved there for temporary shelter after the Israeli military warned them to leave their homes.

An hour before dawn on July 30, explosions shook the classrooms and the courtyard, all packed with people.

Mahmoud Jaser was camped outside with his sons.

"We were sleeping when the attack started. As we woke up, it got worse," he said.

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The Two-Way
2:12 am
Sat May 16, 2015

All 8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash In Nepal

A Nepalese army chopper, which spotted the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Friday.
Bernat Armangue AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:02 pm

The bodies of all eight people who were on a U.S. Marine helicopter when it crashed on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal have been recovered, Nepalese government and military sources said.

The bodies of six U.S. Marines and two Nepali soldiers were recovered near the crash site in remote mountains northeast of Kathmandu.

The wreckage of the UH-1 Huey was found Friday after days of searching by Nepali aircraft and U.S. satellites. The aircraft went missing Tuesday as it delivered aid to villages damaged in last month's earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 people.

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Asia
4:20 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Thousands Of Rohingya Migrants Stranded At Sea After Fleeing Myanmar

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:41 pm

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