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Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch -- and ready to obliterate cities across the world.

Moana's 'brown face' row leaves Disney red faced

A social media firestorm that forced Disney to withdraw a movie costume amid accusations it represented "brown face" shows Pacific islanders will no longer accept their culture being cheapened for profit, experts say.

Police capture gunman in US mall shooting that killed 5

Authorities said they have arrested the suspect behind a shooting that left five people dead at a shopping mall in the US state of Washington, about 24 hours after the killings.

U.S. has used white phosphorus in Iraq

Pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon show that the United States is using white phosphorus munitiions in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

US, European allies say Russia must save Syria truce

The United States and its European allies said it was up to Russia to bring about a truce in its ally Syria through "extraordinary steps.

Rising ocean temperatures threatening Maine lobster industry

A new study released by the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is warning that baby lobsters will not be able to survive in the Gulf of Maine's warming ocean waters

Philippines at UN tells world not to interfere

The Philippines' foreign secretary on Saturday pushed back against criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, telling the United Nations not to interfere.

Charlotte police release video of black man's fatal shooting

Charlotte police have released footage of the shooting death of a black man during an encounter with officers in the state of North Carolina, after days of protests demanding the videos be made public.

China's Li seeks new tack in ties with Cuba

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state.

U.S. general claims 20 percent of Afghanistan contested

The Taliban and allies control about 10 percent of the population. However, another 20 percent is contested leaving the Afghan government with control of 70 percent of the population.

'No camps in France,' vows Hollande, under rightwing pressure

President Francois Hollande, under pressure from the right wing, on Saturday stepped up his pledge to combat illegal migration, vowing to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France.

Poland anti-government protest draws thousands

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw Saturday to rally against moves by the rightwing Law and Justice government that they say undermine the rule of law.

Estonian presidential vote delayed again, until October

Estonia's electoral college failed on Saturday to choose a successor to two-term liberal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, returning the vote to the stalemated parliament where it flopped in August and could fail again.

Gabon opposition chief slams election court ruling

Opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday lashed a decision by Gabon's top court to validate President Ali Bongo's re-election, as police and troops patrolled the deserted streets of Libreville to prevent a new flareup of violence.

Syria at UN says confident of military victory

Syria told the United Nations on Saturday that its belief in a military victory was "even greater" because the army was making "great strides" on the ground, with help from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Egypt court sentences seven to hang for shooting officer in 2013

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced seven men to hang for killing a police general in the unrest following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Video: Toddler tries to wake up mom who apparently OD'd on drugs

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts decided to release a disturbing video of a terrified two-year-old girl trying to wake her mom up after she collapsed in a dollar store from an apparent drug overdose.

Apocalyptic scenes in streets of Syria's ravaged Aleppo

With pools of blood and shredded bodies on the streets, the rebel-held east of Syrian city Aleppo has been reduced to an apocalyptic battlefront under relentless regime and Russian bombardment.

Two killed in clashes with PKK in southeast Turkey: report

A Turkish soldier and a village guard were killed on Saturday in separate clashes with Kurdish rebels in Turkey's restive southeast, local media reported.

Polish doctors hit streets demanding higher wages

Thousands of doctors, nurses and hospital workers marched through central Warsaw Saturday demanding Poland's rightwing government spend more on public health, especially to hike notoriously low salaries.

Sharp rise in attacks on refugee shelters in Austria

Attacks on centres for asylum seekers in Austria are on course to double this year, according to government figures released on Saturday.

15,000 march in Helsinki anti-racism protest

Around 15,000 people marched in central Helsinki Saturday to protest against rising racism and violent right-wing extremism, police said, following the recent death of a man allegedly attacked by a neo-Nazi leader.

Pope urges 'sincere dialogue' as he meets Nice attack victims

Pope Francis on Saturday called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.

Third deadly drone strike in a week hits Yemen Qaeda

An apparent US drone strike has killed five suspected Al-Qaeda members in Yemen in the third such attack this week, a security official said on Saturday.

Corbyn re-elected as UK Labour leader after bitter fight

Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected British Labour leader on Saturday, seeing off a challenge from MPs but leaving the main opposition party split as critics said it was even further from power than before.

Colombia set to sign historic peace deal

Colombia will turn the page on a half-century conflict that has stained its modern history with blood when the FARC rebels and the government sign a peace deal on Monday.

Brazil Supreme Court okays President Temer probe

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has authorized opening preliminary investigations into allegations that President Michel Temer sought illicit campaign donations in 2012.

Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

Residents in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.

Gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit

Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said.

Syrian, Russian aircraft pound rebel-held Aleppo

Residents in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo cowered in their homes on Saturday as relentless missile strikes and barrel bomb attacks pounded the besieged eastern half of the divided city.

Chirac remains ill in hospital, wife discharged

Former French president Jacques Chirac remains in hospital in Paris where he is being treated for a lung infection, while his wife Bernadette has been discharged after four days recovering from "exhaustion", their family said Saturday.

The US presidential debate: What you need to know

Monday's US presidential debate, a combat of titans pitting the Democrat Hillary Clinton against the Republican Donald Trump, is sure to be a major moment in the campaign, with just six weeks left before the November 8 election.

As debaters, Trump and Clinton both have strengths and weaknesses

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is the clear favorite as the two major-party candidates for the White House go head-to-head in their crucial first debate Monday.

Foreign passport forgers charged with hiding body in Bangkok: police

Three foreign men belonging to a suspected passport forgery ring were charged Saturday after police found them with drugs, guns and a dismembered body stashed in the freezer of a Bangkok building.

Albania seeks to liberate chained bears

The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic.

Five shot dead in shooting in Burlington mall near Seattle

Washington State police say that five people were shot dead Friday night in Burlington, north of Seattle. The motive is unknown and the gunman remains at large and a massive manhunt is underway.

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Thousands of conservationists and government officials open talks in Johannesburg on Saturday to thrash out regulating international trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.

Pope to meet families of Nice attack victims

Pope Francis will on Saturday hold a multi-faith meeting of grieving relatives and survivors of an attack in France in July when a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd in Nice.

Embattled Merkel calls for migrant deals with third countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum.

People shot dead in US shopping mall, gunman on the run

A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded an unknown number during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington.

Momentum: Pro-Corbyn group upsetting UK's Labour party

Dismissed as a shadowy group of Marxist infiltrators or hailed as a grassroots movement energising left-wing politics, the campaign organisation Momentum, which backs Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, is unsettling British politics.
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