Myanmar leader talks peace with Shan ethnic rebels
Insurgents attack military side of Afghan airport
Japanese troops head to California beach for training
China auto sales growth slows further in May

Myanmar leader talks peace with Shan ethnic rebels
The Myanmar government’s efforts to make peace with ethnic minorities took another step forward Monday as representatives of the country’s biggest minority group, the Shan, met with the country’s reformist president in the capital.

Insurgents attack military side of Afghan airport
Insurgents on Monday attacked the military side of Kabul’s international airport, which houses a NATO headquarters, and explosions and gunfire were occurring, Afghan army and police said.

Japanese troops head to California beach for training
Japanese troops will converge on California’s southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country’s amphibious attack abilities.

China auto sales growth slows further in May
China’s auto sales growth decelerated further in May amid signs of weakness in its economic recovery, with Japanese automakers suffering more declines, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Sunday.

Egypt lawmakers lambast PM over Ethiopia dam
Angry Egyptian lawmakers accused the country’s Prime Minister Hesham Kandil and government on Monday of doing nothing to prevent Ethiopia from completing a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage.

UN envoy in Iraq will head UN mission in Congo
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the United Nations’ top envoy in Iraq as the new special representative in Congo and the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the troubled central African nation.

Prince Philip spends 92nd birthday in hospital
Prince Philip, spending his 92nd birthday in hospital, will need two months of convalescence to recover from abdominal surgery, palace officials said Monday.

Facebook introduces hashtags
Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them.

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