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· Intense battle in Syria's Aleppo kills dozens, air strikes force rebel retreat

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo's Baedeen districtDozens of people were killed in an intense day-long battle between Syrian rebels and government forces in western Aleppo that continued intermittently on Wednesday, with rebels saying they were forced to retreat by heavy aerial bombing. An insurgent assault in and around the Jamiyat al-Zahraa area of Aleppo had threatened the army's defensive lines around government-held districts of a city at the epicenter of a recent escalation in the five-year-old civil war. The surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and biggest strategic prize, wrecked the first major "cessation of hostilities" agreement of the war, sponsored by Washington and Moscow, which had held since February.


· Brazil Senate report recommends Rousseff impeachment trial

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in BrasiliaThe senator charged with studying President Rousseff's impeachment recommended on Wednesday that she be put on trial for breaking budget laws, bringing the embattled leftist leader one step closer to suspension from office. Senator Antonio Anastasia presented his findings to a 21-member Senate impeachment committee, which is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Friday to send his recommendation to the full chamber. The Senate is due to vote on May 11 to try Rousseff, at which point she will be automatically suspended pending a trial that could last up to 180 days.


· U.S., allies to do more to combat Islamic State: Carter

A F/A-18E/F Super Hornets of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VFA-211) lands on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier in the GulfBy Phil Stewart STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday that Washington and its allies had agreed to do more in their campaign to defeat Islamic State, but that more risks lay ahead. Carter made the comment following talks in Germany with defense ministers and representatives from 11 other countries participating in the alliance.


· Egypt hands over phones records to Italian investigators: source

People attend a memorial for Giulio Regeni outside the Italian embassy in Cairo, EgyptEgypt has sent Italian investigators some phone records they had requested as part of their probe into the torture and killing of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo earlier this year, a legal source said on Wednesday. Italy last month recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations after the Italians said that Cairo did not provide information that Rome said was needed to solve Regeni's killing, including a mass of telephone data. The legal source with direct knowledge of the investigation said Rome had asked for the phone records of 13 Egyptians who had been in contact with the 28-year-old Regeni before he vanished on Jan. 25, and had received some of the documents they had requested.


· Raging wildfire forces evacuation of 88,000 in Canadian city
By Topher Seguin ANZAC, Alberta (Reuters) - A raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray has destroyed 1,600 structures, ravaged one neighborhood, damaged others and halted incoming and outgoing commercial flights, authorities said on Wednesday. "This is a nasty and dirty fire," Chief Darby Allen of the Fort McMurray fire department told reporters of a blaze that has prompted the biggest evacuation ever in Canada's Alberta province.
· Turkish ruling party set to replace Davutoglu at congress: sources

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party at the Turkish parliament in AnkaraANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling party will hold an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks at which Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is not planning to run for the leadership, senior party officials said on Wednesday. Divisions between President Tayyip Erdogan and his successor Davutoglu, whom he appointed in 2014, have emerged publicly in recent weeks over issues ranging from relations with Europe to the detention of government critics, hitting investor sentiment. ...


· The Latest: 16 Syrians detained in Albania

Czech Republic's foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek talks to EU commissioner for european neighbourhood policy Johannes Hahn during a meeting of Visegrad 4 foreign ministers with their counterparts from six post-Soviet republics in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):


· City captain Kompany forced off early in Madrid semi

Manchester City's defender Vincent Kompany (C) warms up before the Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 4, 2016Madrid (AFP) - Manchester City suffered a huge injury blow less than 10 minutes into their decisive Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday as captain Vincent Kompany limped off injured.


· Syrian army says to implement 'regime of calm' in Aleppo city: state TV
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army on Wednesday said it would implement a "regime of calm" in Aleppo city for 48 hours as of Thursday, state television reported. The general command of the army said it would take effect at 1 a.m. on Thursday. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
· Massive diamond worth $70 mn to go under hammer

A 1,109-carat rough Lesedi La Rona diamond valued at more than $70 million will be auctioned in LondonA massive diamond valued at more than $70 million will go under the hammer in London next month, the Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday. Known as "Lesedi la Rona," it was found nine months ago in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corp. "It's a 1,109-carat diamond," said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby's International Jewellery Division said in unveiling it.


· Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind speaks during a news conference at the Transportation Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, to announce that Takata has agreed to recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government ...


· Obama in Canada in late June for N. America summit

US President Barack Obama (R), pictured with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on April 1, 2016, will visit Canada for a North American summit with Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena NietoUS President Barack Obama will travel to Ottawa next month for a "Three Amigos" North American summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the White House said Wednesday. The White House said Obama will also address a joint session of parliament while in the Canadian capital for the June 29 summit. "The summit is further recognition of the value of a more integrated North America to advance the security and prosperity of the continent," a White House statement said.


· Flint official cuts deal in water crisis, agrees to aid prosecutors

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, MichiganBy Serena Maria Daniels FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - An official in Flint, Michigan, agreed to cooperate in probes of dangerous levels of lead in the city's drinking water as part of a deal reached on Wednesday in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and won the dismissal of a more serious felony charge. Michael Glasgow, 40, a Flint utilities administrator who was charged with falsifying reports, pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. A felony charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed as part of the deal announced in the 67th District Court of Genesee County in Flint.


· Bacteria hampers mosquitoes' ability to spread Zika: study

Researchers said mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia had fewer viral particles in their bodies and the virus in their saliva was not active and could not transmit ZikaA bacterium known as Wolbachia, which is fairly common in insects, can reduce mosquitoes' ability to spread the Zika virus, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Cell Host and Microbe is the first to report on the effect of Wolbachia on Zika, which can cause birth defects in babies if their mothers are infected while pregnant. For the study, researchers in Brazil gave field mosquitoes and Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes the Zika virus by feeding them human blood infected by two recent strains of the virus that is circulating in Brazil.


· Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian agreement
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian military confirms 48-hour cease-fire in northern city of Aleppo after U.S.-Russian agreement.
· Slain Navy SEAL known for family but made name as track star

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. Navy SEAL Keating was shot and killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Iraq during a gunbattle that involved more than 100 Islamic State fighters. (U.S. Navy via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — Charlie Keating IV, who died in a gunfight with militants in Iraq, was known in Phoenix for his family name but forged his own path as a high school and college track star and then as a Navy SEAL.


· Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town

Smoke rises from a wildfire outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed.


· Kenya: Baby rescued from collapsed building out of danger

Nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital attends to Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, the nearly 6-month-old girl who was rescued early Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, lies in a hospital bed at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The girl was brought to the hospital after being found in the ruins of the seven-story building that collapsed Friday night but had no physical injuries and was being treated for dehydration, according to a hospital spokesman. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A baby who survived for nearly four days under the debris of a collapsed building is out of danger, a Kenyan hospital official said Wednesday.


· Brazil attorney general wants probe against Pres. Rousseff

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff pauses during a ceremony launching an agricultural plan that allocates billions of dollars to farmers at Planalto presidential palace in Braslia, Brazil, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Brazil’s attorney general has asked the country’s highest court to authorize an investigation into embattled Rousseff over obstruction of justice allegations, according to major Brazilian news organizations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general has asked the country's highest court to authorize an investigation into embattled President Dilma Rousseff over obstruction of justice allegations, according to major Brazilian news organizations.


· Djokovic beats Coric, advances to Madrid Open 3rd
MADRID (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.

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