Fri 22 May 2015 | 14:59 EDT
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Islamic State expands its 'state' 12:47pm EDT

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.  Full Article

 
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Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack 1:49pm EDT 

DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.  Full Article  

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Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane: Yellen 1:43pm EDT 

WASHINGTON/PROVIDENCE (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the central bank to raise interest rates this year, as the U.S. economy was on course to bounce back from a sluggish first quarter and headwinds at home and abroad waned.  Full Article  

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Canada's leftist New Democrats take national lead: opinion poll 1:15pm EDT 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), fresh from its upset win in the Alberta provincial election, has taken a narrow lead in public support nationally with unusual strength in the most populous province of Ontario, an opinion poll showed on Friday.  Full Article