*) Death toll rises to 67 from Israeli attacks against Palestinians
Israeli forces continue to bomb the Gaza enclave, killing at least 67 people, including 17 children, since the start of recent hostilities.
Israel's attacks on Gaza follow weeks of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.
One of the major catalysts behind Palestinian protests in recent weeks were the threatened expulsions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, which Israeli settlers are trying to take over via a court case.
*) Afghan forces launch operation to recapture Taliban-held district
Afghan security forces have mounted an operation to recapture a key district that the Taliban seized just before a three-day ceasefire.
Taliban insurgents killed and captured Afghan soldiers, forcing troops to retreat from Nerkh district, which is close to the capital Kabul.
Violence has intensified in the country since Washington missed a May 1 deadline, agreed with the Taliban last year, to withdraw all of its troops.
*) Largest US fuel pipeline begins reopening after cyber attack
US largest fuel pipeline has restarted operations days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers.
The disruption of Colonial Pipeline caused panic-buying and long lines at petrol stations in the Southeast, draining supplies at thousands of stations.
Colonial Pipeline said that it would take several days for deliveries to return to normal
*) Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad to run again in June election
Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run again for the presidency.
President from 2005 to 2013, Ahmadinejad had to stand down at the end of two consecutive terms as per Iran's constitution.
Ahmadinejad's tenure was marked by fiery rhetoric against Israel and deep tensions with the West, most notably over Iran's nuclear programme.
And finally ...
*) Nadal opens bid for 10th Italian Title with victory over Sinner
Rafael Nadal has opened his attempt to win a 10th Italian Open title with a straight-sets victory over teenager Jannik Sinner to advance to the third round.
Nadal won through 7-5, 6-4 in just over two hours to bring his record to 16-1 in his opening matches in Foro Italico.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner next plays 13th seeder Canadian Denis Shapovalov for a place in the quarter-final.
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