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At least 20 people were killed Saturday in a huge explosion close to the main train station in Turkey's capital Ankara ahead of a peace rally, media reports said.

Congress chaos exposes U.S. Republican divide ahead of 2016

US Republicans have feuded since 2011. Now with the latest Washington chaos over who rises to House speaker, the GOP competes for the presidency struggling to show it can govern without compromising conservative doctrine.

Canada parties split on security, anti-IS air strikes

Canada could curb its counterterrorism efforts, including airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, if Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Tories are defeated in October 19 elections.

N. Korean capital kicks off military extravaganza

North Korea is ready to deal with any threat from the US, leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday as he presided over a vast parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.

International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires

International help to assist Indonesia in combating forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze has begun to arrive on Sumatra island, an official said on Saturday.

Manicured fingers throwing stones: Palestinian women join unrest

Ready for action in her pink muslin top, her manicured fingers clutching stones she picked up from the roadside, the 18-year-old declared that "the nation doesn't only belong to the boys!

India PM's reform push faces crunch test in Bihar vote

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a crucial test on Monday when Bihar, one of India's largest and poorest states, begins voting in polls that could have major consequences for his troubled reform drive.

Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

Japan on Saturday lashed out at UNESCO's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register, describing it as "extremely regrettable" and calling for the process to be reformed.

N. Korean capital set for military extravaganza

The North Korean capital Pyongyang braced Saturday for what was predicted to be one of the largest ceremonial displays of military strength in the nuclear-armed nation's history.

Migrant surge hits Greece, UN approves action on smugglers

Greece was hit by a huge new surge in migrants as the United Nations approved a European seize-and-destroy military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Shia LaBeouf arrested in Austin

Actor Shia LaBeouf, who has starred in movies such as Transformers, Man Down and Fury, was arrested in Austin, Texas on Friday.

United States mayors kick off Extra Mile Day

Almost 600 mayors across the United States will get together on 1 November and launch Extra Mile Day, in a bid to support a drive to highlight the 'go the extra mile' message.

Libya rivals urged to sign long-awaited peace deal

World leaders and the United Nations urged Libya's warring parties Friday to sign a proposed peace deal installing a national unity government, after a cool response from some lawmakers in the country's rival parliaments.

U.S., Russia to hold new Syria air safety talks: Pentagon

Russia and the United States are set to renew talks to avoid accidents in Syrian air space as the two countries conduct separate bombing campaigns, a US official said.

Floyd Mayweather's Bentley, Rolls Royce go up in smoke

Floyd Mayweather's luxury cars including a Bentley, two units Rolls Royce and a custom jeep went up in smoke as the cars were being transported in a truck bound for Miami, Florida.

Tears and confusion as Hungary tries 'criminal' migrants

"You shouldn't enter a country through a hole in a fence," the judge tells Mustafa, a Syrian migrant charged with a new type of crime created in Hungary only last month -- illegally entering the country by crossing the newly-built barrier on the border...

'Rape of Nanjing' inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World register

Documents related to the Nanjing massacre, a Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people in 1937, were inscribed Friday in the Memory of the World register kept by the UN's scientific and cultural body.

U.S. halts failed program to train Syrian rebels

Washington was forced Friday to admit the failure of its plan to create Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State, vowing instead to arm select local leaders.

U.S. court rules no copyright protection over yoga poses

Bikram Choudhury, an Indian-American yoga guru, is not entitled to copyright protection over yoga poses he uses in hot rooms developed by him.

Migrant injured after jumping on Eurotunnel shuttle to Britain

A 17-year-old from Eritrea was seriously injured Friday after making an apparent bid to jump on a Eurotunnel shuttle from France to Britain, a firefighter said, adding that his life was not in danger.

Peru protesters tell IMF 'imperialists' to go home

Activists marched through the Peruvian capital Friday to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here.

Portuguese centre-right TV star billed to win presidential poll

The former leader of Portugal's centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and prominent television commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday announced his bid to run for the presidency in next January's election.

Gaza rocket hits Israel after deadly clashes: Army

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket at Israel early Saturday, the army said, just hours after six Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during border clashes.

Development banks pledge $15 bln in new climate funds: Officials

Development banks including the World Bank have pledged an additional $15 billion a year by 2020 to fight climate change, taking the world closer to the clutch target of $100 billion, officials said Friday.

Hedge fund threatens to sue Peru over debt: Sources

A US hedge fund is threatening to sue Peru for payment of defaulted debts issued by its former military regime, sources said Friday, with one activist group condemning the action as "predatory.

Tackling wheat rust in Texas

Wheat is one of the most common grains in the world. The plant is, however, vulnerable to attack from a fungus that causes ‘rust.’ A new type of crop has been bred that is resistant to the disease.

Single shot animal contraceptive coming soon

The idea of an injectable contraceptive for pets, administered by injection, is coming closer to reality after some successful animal trials.

Brazil corruption scandal could top $5.3 bn: Prosecutor

Damage from the gargantuan corruption scandal centered on Brazilian state oil company Petrobras could amount to as much as 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion), a lead prosecutor said Friday.

Police shoot man in London after Taser fails

Police in London shot and wounded a knife carrying man in London. Initially the police tried to take the man down using a Taser; however the electrical weapon failed to work.

'Yuck' Consumers aren't happy about the new taste of Diet Pepsi

Irate consumers and loyalists have taken to social media to berate and blast PepsiCo for the new taste of Diet Pepsi. After decades of using artificial sweetener aspartame, the company changed over to sucralose, Splenda.

Obama meets Oregon families as two more die in campus shootings

US President Barack Obama met in Oregon Friday with relatives of victims of a deadly rampage at a community college, as shootings on two more school campuses left two people dead and four wounded.

One in three vegetarians admits to eating meat while drunk

A recent study undertaken in the UK suggests that meat consumption among inebriated vegetarians is more common than one might think.

Monsanto on defensive over lawsuits as it lays off 2,600 workers

Monsanto has been put on the defensive and is coming out fighting after two U.S. farm workers filed lawsuits last month, claiming the chemical in Roundup causes cancer. At the same time, the seed company is laying off 12 percent of its workforce.

FBI finds $600,000 in backyard of former armored truck driver

Federal investigators dug up $600,000 from the backyard of a former armored truck driver who confessed to stealing more than $1 million.

Op-Ed: Key members of Libyan Government of National Accord named

The UN has announced the names of key officials of the planned Government of National Accord(GNA) even though one of the two rival governments — the General National Congress(GNC) based in Tripoli — has not even submitted names as yet.

Turkish police detain newspaper editor for 'insulting Erdogan'

Turkish police on Friday detained the editor of a leading English-language daily newspaper on suspicion of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of tweets.

Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize bolsters fragile democracy

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a breath of fresh air for a fragile emerging democracy facing serious security issues that threaten its economy.

Guatemala mudslide toll rises to 253 dead

The mounting toll from a mudslide that buried a Guatemalan community on October 1 has risen to 253 confirmed dead, authorities said Friday, with several hundred more unaccounted for.

Idaho hunter wakes up with head in black bear mouth; survives

A man on a hunting expedition with friends woke during the night last week with the feeling that something was tugging at his hair. Something was — a black bear, and it didn't stop at his hair, it put his head into its mouth.

U.S. judge OKs $338 mn settlement in Canada rail disaster

A US bankruptcy court approved Friday a Can$445 million ($338 million) settlement for victims of the fiery 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec that killed 47 people.

Portugal coalition talks bogged down say Socialists

The leader of Portugal's opposition Socialist Party, Antonio Costa, said Friday that talks with conservative Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on forming a coalition government had been "unfruitful".Coelho's "Portugal Ahead" coalition won 38.