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Four people were killed when a car exploded near a mosque in Saudi city of Dammam during Friday prayers.

IS claims suicide attack on Saudi Shiite mosque. A witness said those killed included one attendant at the mosque along with the suicide bomber. The attendant was killed as he tried to prevent him from reaching the mosque. The Islamic state militants have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. It is a second attack on a mosque in the kingdom in a week. An is statement distributed by Jihadist accounts on twitter said the bombing killed three people and was carried out by "soldier of the caliphate Abu Jandal al-Jazrawi.

 

At least 10 people were killed when car bombs exploded in the parking rea of central Baghdad, Iraq.

A further 30 people were wounded in the blasts, which were around seven minutes apart. The first bomb targeted the Babylon hotel, where government officials often hold meetings and news conferences, and the second hit the meridian. Iraqi authorities lifted a decade-old night-time curfew on Baghdad early this year, seeking to restore a sense of normality to the capital as security forces battle Islamic state militants who have overrun large parts of the country. On the other hand, insurgents seized the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on may 17 in the most significant military setback to the government since a u.s.-led coalition launched a campaign of Airstrikes against Islamic state last august.

 

People in India continue to battle a brutal Heatwave which has claimed more than 1,700 lives in just one week.

Most of the heat-related deaths so far have occurred in Andhra Pradesh and neighboring Telangana, where top temperatures have soared to 47 degrees Celsius. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year across India, but this year has seen the highest figures since 1995. In India's capital New Delhi, top temperatures have soared to 45 degrees Celsius. The searing weather has left tens of thousands in the capital without power supply due to an overused electricity grid. Local hospital have also been struggling to treat victims of heatstroke over the past few days. Authorities have warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water. Still, poverty forced many to work despite the risks.

 

The United States said the thousands of migrants adrift in southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue.

Representatives from 17 nations gather in Thailand for talks on southeast Asia's migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia. Earlier this month Bangkok began a belated crackdown on the smuggling trade in the country's deep south, throwing the multi-million dollar industry into disarray as gang masters abandoned their victims on land and at sea. More than 3,500 starving migrants have since arrived on Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian soil while the un estimates there are 2,500 more still feared trapped at sea as the monsoon season approaches.

 

Ethiopians started voting in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth while opponents say it has trampled on political freedoms.

In power for almost a quarter of a century, the Ethiopian people's revolutionary democratic front has overseen the transformation of a nation that was on its knees after communist purges and famine to one that now attracts foreign investors. The outgoing parliament of 547 seats had just one opposition member. Ethiopia's economy has been one of the fastest growing in Africa, fuelled by a government investment drive in new railways, roads and hydro-electric dams. The World Bank forecasts growth of 10.5 percent in the year starting in July.

 
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