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28 May, 2015

08:42

Roof of church under construction collapses in India, 3 killed, 14 injured

Three people were killed and 14 others injured when the roof of an under-construction church building collapsed in Tamil Nadu in southern India, Press Trust of India reported. Concrete work on the roof of the St Peter’s church was going on last night. The scaffolding gave way leading to the wet roof caving in, according to police.

08:03

Chief US negotiator to leave State Dept. after June 30 deadline in Iran talks

The chief US negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, will leave the State Department after the June 30 deadline for the negotiations between Tehran and six major powers, according to the New York Times. Sherman is now under secretary of state for political affairs. Secretary of State John Kerry described her as “an absolutely critical member” of his team.

07:29

Floods in Texas, Oklahoma leave at least 21 dead, 11 missing

Texas and Oklahoma flooding has left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing, AP reported. More rain fell on the hard-hit Houston area, temporarily complicating the cleanup. The previous day, a downpour of nearly a foot triggered the worst flooding the nation’s fourth-largest city has seen in years. Hundreds of homes were damaged. Severe weather continued in other parts of Texas. Hundreds of people west of Fort Worth were told to evacuate along the rising Brazos River.

07:12

37 Afghan soldiers, police join Taliban in Uruzgan province

At least 37 Afghan security force members, including soldiers and police, have switched sides to join the local Taliban in Uruzgan, Tolo News reported. A number of these defectors have since been killed by the Taliban, according to district governor of Khas Urozgan, Abdul Karim Karimi. Security forces have been engaged in ongoing clashes with Taliban insurgents over the past 15 days. The Taliban have overrun a number of military posts in the area.