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The first-ever Gay Pride parade was held in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok on Saturday, but the march was marred by violence from soccer hooligans and conservative campaigners staged counter protests, local police said.

Op-Ed: Why in the world do we have a racist sitting in the Oval office?

A combative President Donald Trump rallied Republican supporters Wednesday in North Carolina, harshly criticizing four fiery, left-wing congresswoman of being un-American and claiming they are the face of the Democratic Party that will ruin the country.

July on track to be hottest month ever after record-breaking June

An historic heatwave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia caused the Earth's average temperature to soar last month, making June the hottest on record. However, July is on track to break that heat record.

Two soldiers, civilian killed in east Ukraine ahead of polls

Two Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian were killed in incidents involving Kremlin-backed separatists, Kiev said Saturday, a day before the country votes in a parliamentary election.

French wine production hit by heatwave

Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

86 victims of Bosnian war buried 27 years after massacre

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday for the funeral of 86 Muslim victims of a massacre committed in Prijedor by Bosnian Serb forces at the beginning of the 1990s Bosnian war.

Man dies at Tomorrowland electro fest in Belgium

A man attending Belgium's Tomorrowland festival, one of the world's biggest electronic music events, collapsed and was later declared dead in hospital, organisers and medical sources said Saturday.

Last Kadhafi PM freed in Libya for 'health reasons'

Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Libya's last prime minister under ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has been released from jail for health reasons four years after being sentenced to death, Tripoli's justice ministry said Saturday.

Thousands rally in support of Hong Kong police

Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Hong Kong's police and pro-Beijing leadership on Saturday, a vivid illustration of the polarisation coursing through the city after weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Western allies back UK over tanker seizure

Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has ramped up tensions in the Gulf region after the US military claimed it had downed an Iranian drone.

Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over

More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities' refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot.

Anime studio fire 'an arson attack', Japan police say

The horrifying fire at a renowned anime firm which killed dozens in Kyoto is being treated as arson and murder, Japanese police have said, with scores of detectives investigating the deadliest violent crime for decades in the famously safe country.

Key technologies identified to boost food production by 2050

Findings produced by the World Bank and United Nations to address climate change and excessive population growth center on the application of new technologies. One of the most important applications are measures to prevent agricultural emissions rising.

Seized British-flagged tanker anchored off Iran: port authority

A British-flagged tanker seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has decided to host US troops: Saudi defence ministry

Saudi Arabia has decided to host US troops in a joint move with Washington to boost regional security, the kingdom's defence ministry said, as tensions soar in the Gulf.

Germany remembers heroes in Hitler assassination bid

Germany paid tribute Saturday to Claus von Stauffenberg and others who sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler 75 years ago, a plot that was recognised only belatedly but which a resurgent far-right is now seeking to expropriate.

Vatican to open ossuaries under trapdoor in princesses hunt

The Vatican was set Saturday to open ossuaries discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two princesses and a missing teenager.

Battle for change far from over for women in new Sudan

She may have spent 40 days in jail for demonstrating against president Omar al-Bashir who has since been toppled but activist Amani Osmane says the battle for women's rights in Sudan is far from over.

Cesar Pelli, creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers dies aged 92

Cesar Pelli, the Argentine architect and creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers and New York's One World Financial Center, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

North Korea slams Japan over its trade spat with Seoul

North Korea's state media has slammed Japan for its recent trade restrictions against Seoul over wartime slavery disputes, accusing Tokyo of "destroying the trend of peace" on the Korean peninsula.

Hungarian philosopher and dissident Agnes Heller dies aged 90

Philosopher Agnes Heller, a dissident under Hungary's communist regime and later a prominent critic of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, died Friday at the age of 90, the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences said.

Ex-jihadist Tania Joya now fights to 'reprogram' extremists

Tania Joya has devoted her life to "reprogramming" extremists and reintroducing them into society -- a process she understands well as a "former Islamic jihadist" herself.

Death toll climbs to 15 after China gas plant blast

The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said Saturday.

From Berlin to the barracks: a Syrian rebel returns home

Mohammad al-Naeemi had everything he could possibly want living in exile in Germany, but he returned to war-torn Syria anyway to fight President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Turkey's Erdogan faces new threat: former allies

Following losses in key cities this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now risks losing more voters as former allies stick their head above the parapet and appear to be on the verge of creating new parties.

'El Chapo' enters US supermax prison in Colorado

Fallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was locked up Friday at the ADX federal maximum security prison in the US state of Colorado, where he will spend the rest of his days."We can confirm that...

Trump undecided what to do after Turkey buys Russian missiles

Trump appears uncertain about what to do in response to Turkey's purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia. Trump said earlier in the week that the US was not even looking at sanctions as they would be unfair to US weapons makers and also to Turkey.

US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina

The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the...

Former Peruvian president wanted for corruption to remain in custody

A US federal judge on Friday ordered that former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo remain in custody pending the outcome of extradition proceedings against him related to corruption charges in his home country.

Algerians mix protest and football with eyes on Africa cup

Protesters took to the streets of Algiers Friday for a rally boosted by hopes that their national team would beat Senegal to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

Iran Guards say they confiscated British tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules".

UN calls for stronger 'global response' to terrorism, organized crime

The UN Security Council called Friday for a better-coordinated "global response" to international terrorism and organized crime by working together to identify and eliminate such threats.

Feds announce huge Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is set to hold a Gulf of Mexico-wide oil and gas lease sale, which is scheduled for August 21 this year, and would include all available unleased areas in federal waters covering a total of 77.8 million acres.

Brew hullabaloo gets German tourists kicked out of Venice

A couple of German tourists were ordered to leave Venice on Friday for brewing coffee at the foot of the famous Rialto bridge.The Berliners, 32 and 35, had stopped for a rest, downing their backpacks to prepare a cup of coffee using a little gas stove....

US puts Venezuelan intel officials on sanctions blacklist

The US Treasury placed four senior Venezuelan military intelligence officials on its sanctions blacklist Friday, tying them to the death in custody of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured.

Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of rail-thin poor people in the streets as proof.

Athens settles for uneasy night after 5.1-magnitude quake

Athenians settled for an uneasy night Friday after a strong 5.1-magnitude earthquake temporarily knocked out phone connections, damaged buildings and caused power outages.

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist

Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo's prime minister on Friday, is hailed as a hero at home -- where he is nicknamed "Rambo" -- but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, which has long sought to see him behind bars.

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage.

US to send up to 500 troops to Saudi Arabian base

Satellite images show that facilities are being prepared for up to 500 US ground troops that are to be sent to Saudi Arabia. The troops are said to be sent in response to tensions with Iran.
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