Pope decries 'desperate' situation in Syrian city of Aleppo

Pope Francis waves during the Regina Coeli prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is decrying worsening violence amid the already "desperate" humanitarian situation in Syria, particularly in the northern city of Aleppo.

Suspected Islamic State militant believed to have carried out Gaziantep attack: Turkish security source

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish police have raided the Gaziantep home of a suspected Islamic State militant believed to have carried out a car bomb attack on Sunday in the southeastern city and have detained his father, security sources said. A DNA test is expected to determine whether the suspect is the perpetrator of the attack which killed two police officers and wounded 23 people including 19 police. (Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Saudi Binladin Group employees set fire to buses in protest

Employees at giant construction firm, the Saudi Binladin Group, have set fire to more than seven company buses to protest a reportedly large round of looming layoffs and not being paid their salaries for ...
Labour reforms fire up May Day rallies in France, S. Korea

Participants march with banners and flags as the traditional May Day rallies get underway in Strasbourg, eastern France, on May 1, 2016France braced Sunday for violence at May Day rallies where workers are fired up over labour reforms, while similar fears of eroding rights sent tens of thousands into the streets of South Korea. From Moscow to Marseille, protests were expected in cities across the globe to celebrate Labour Day as the working classes battle economic crises and unemployment that have fuelled anti-government sentiment. France was on high alert after protests against planned labour reforms this week descended into chaos with scenes of burning cars and stone-throwing protesters who injured dozens of policemen in Paris.

China manufacturing index expands at slower pace

China's economy, a vital driver of global expansion, grew 6.9 percent last year, its weakest rate in a quarter of a centuryChina's economic recovery stabilised in April, an official factory activity gauge showed Sunday, as the property market recovered and credit grew. The Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), tracking activity in factories and workshops, rose for the second successive month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

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