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New rules for lobster fishing up for vote

By AP Portland, Maine - New restrictions on lobster fishing are up for a vote early next week as regulators try to slow the loss…



(FILES) This file photo taken on August 27, 2014 shows Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) waving to the crowd during a rally in Gaza City following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war.
Ismail Haniya was elected as the new head of Hamas on May 6, 2017, the Hamas news agency announced. (Credits: AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED / Manila Bulletin file photo)

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

By Agence France-Presse Hamas' former chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, has been elected overall head of the Palestinian Islamist group, succeeding Khaled Meshaal, its official…

Syrian girls walk past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus on May 6, 2017. 
Fighting subsided in Syria after a deal signed by government backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey to create four safe zones began to take effect, a monitor said. (Credits: AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy / Manila Bulletin)

Syria fighting eases as safe zones plan begins

By Agence France-Presse Fighting subsided in Syria on Saturday after a deal signed by government backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey to create…