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Balcony collapse kills 5 students

DUBLIN - Five Irish students died and at least eight were injured, with some in a life-threatening condition, after a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

The students were attending a 21st birthday party, Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan told reporters in Dublin.

The balcony on the fourth floor collapsed onto the balcony below at Library Gardens, a major complex near the University of California, Berkeley. Many Irish students travel to cities in the United States in summer on working visas, with about one-third heading to California.


Facebook unveils photo-share app

WASHINGTON - Facebook has unveiled a new feature that allows smartphone users to privately share photos of friends, by sifting through images with facial recognition technology.

The standalone app, called Moments, allows users to share photos with friends who are in them, and to get images of themselves. Product manager Will Ruben said it provides a quick, easy way to share photos with friends who are also taking lots of pictures at occasions like a wedding.


23,000 flee Syria to enter Turkey

GENEVA - More than 23,000 refugees, 70 per cent of them women and children, fleeing fighting in northern Syria have crossed into Turkey between June 3 and 15, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday.

Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured the key border town of Tel Abyad from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday, driving it away from the Turkish frontier in an advance backed by US-led air strikes.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2015, with the headline 'WORLD BRIEFS'. Print Edition | Subscribe