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Requests For Data Rise Sharply Under Secretive U.S. Surveillance Orders

Pic: ReutersWASHINGTON: FBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week.

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Wildfires Cause Chaos In Canada Oil Sands Town

Pic: APFORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA: The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.

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Singapore Set To Pick Military Helicopters As Arms Spending Rises

A Republic of Singapore Air Force Super Puma helicopter lands on the Singapore warship RSS Endurance during a search and rescue operation in the Singapore Strait, about 30 km (19 miles) east of the city state, on January 6, 2003. REUTERS/JONATHAN DRAKE/FILE PHOTO

Singapore will soon pick the winner of a $1 billion (687 million pound) tender for military utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals the island nation is pursuing as it modernises its air force and navy amid rising tensions in the region.

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Brazil Prosecutor Asks Supreme Court To Investigate Lula

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures as he attends a ''Democracy and social justice'' seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/PAULO WHITAKER

Brazil's prosecutor-general asked the Supreme Court to investigate former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the court said on Tuesday, as a senator's testimony opened new fronts in a massive corruption case.

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Russia Delays U.N. Council Condemnation Of North Korea Missile Tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides on the spot the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016. KCNA/via REUTERS.

A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang's ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

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Islamic State Kills U.S. Navy SEAL In Northern Iraq

US military advisers have been helping Peshmerga forces behind the front lines / REUTERS

Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defences and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.

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Australia PM Turnbull Confirms Will Call Election For July 2

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a joint news conference with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (not pictured) in Sydney February 19, 2016. REUTERS/JASON REED

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Wednesday that he would call an election within the next week to be held on July 2, looking to cash in on a budget plan aimed at creating jobs and spurring growth.

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Rebels Launch Assault In Syria's Aleppo, Diplomats Try To Revive Truce

A man walks past the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo's Baedeen district, Syria, May 3, 2016. REUTERS/ABDALRHMAN ISMAIL

Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unraveling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks.

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TV Series Focusing On Drug Lord 'El Chapo' In Development

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, after he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico. The History channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on Guzman's story. Last year, Guzman had broken out of prison and was on the run when he had a secret meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn. The actor wrote about it for Rolling Stone. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)LOS ANGELES: The History Channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on the drug lord known as "El Chapo."

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Trump Wins Indiana, Looks Close To Unstoppable

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs after speaking during a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

Republican front-runner Donald Trump scored an important victory over rival Ted Cruz in Indiana on Tuesday, a win that moves him close to being unstoppable in his march to the party's presidential nomination.

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