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  1. Checkmate? Purists fight to revive Myanmar's ancient chess

    AFP via Yahoo! New Zealand NewsMay 28 10:32 PM

    Yangon (AFP) - Gripping a monkey-faced chess piece, Thein Zaw swipes his hand across the chequerboard and topples an advancing demon, demonstrating an ancient form of the game that Myanmar traditionalists are battling to revive.

  2. Mali family blame UN peacekeepers for death in custody

    AFP via Yahoo! New Zealand NewsMay 27 08:19 PM

    Bamako (AFP) - The family of a Malian civilian who died after being arrested by peacekeepers following a deadly jihadist attack claimed his death was due to abuse in custody as the UN Friday promised to "shed light" on the incident.

  3. IOC Olympic director admits to velodrome worry

    AFP via Yahoo!7 SportsMay 27 12:38 PM

    Lausanne (AFP) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) director for the Rio Games, Christophe Dubi, admitted to AFP on Friday that organisers face a race against time to deliver the cycling velodrome in Brazil.

  4. Verdict due in war crimes trial of Chad ex-dictator

    AFP via Yahoo! New Zealand NewsMay 29 08:17 PM

    Dakar (AFP) - A special court in Senegal was due to deliver its verdict Monday in the war crimes trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, bringing a long-awaited reckoning to victims and their families.

  5. Milan (AFP) - "Hey you, get off the grass!" screams Simone Di Piano, a San Siro stadium official where Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will fight to be crowned kings of Europe on Saturday. It's an understandable request, given the turf has undergone remedial work recently and will host the Champions League final between the Spanish giants. A slice of Champions League history will also be made ...

  6. Tokyo (AFP) - About 300 passengers and crew members were evacuated from a Korean Air Boeing 777 at Tokyo's Haneda airport in dramatic scenes after one of the engines caught fire, officials said Friday.

  7. At least one killed in clashes as opposition protests sweep DR Congo

    AFP via Yahoo! New Zealand NewsMay 26 02:42 PM

    Kinshasa (AFP) - At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.

  8. Fresh photo of missing Japanese journalist emerges

    AFP via Yahoo! New Zealand NewsMay 29 11:16 PM

    Tokyo (AFP) - A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his "last chance".

  9. Beirut (AFP) - Kurdish and Arab fighters aided by US soldiers battled the Islamic State group north of its Syrian stronghold of Raqa as Iraqi forces edged towards the jihadist-held city of Fallujah.

  10. Beirut (AFP) - At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

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