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Corruption in Kenya is sliding out of control, veteran anti-corruption activist and whistle-blower John Githongo has warned in an interview following a scathing audit of government finances.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region

The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to spike, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoonal downpours brought misery to thousands across the region.

ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute: Philippines

ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a "hotline" in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said on Sunday.

At least 7 Libyan soldiers killed by Islamic State at checkpoint

At least seven Libyan soldiers were reported killed and 5 more wounded as Islamic State forces were able to overrun a checkpoint in the town of Ajdabiya, a town near the key oil port of Brega.

Hospital worker charged in sexual assault on patients

A former healthcare worker at UPMC Mercy was arrested Saturday and charged with fondling five female patients under the guise of performing medical procedures on them between June 28 and July 5, police allege.

Ending Calais migrants crisis is 'top priority', vow Britain and France

France and Britain vowed Sunday that ending a crisis which has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority".

Plane crashes at family festival in UK

A plane nosedived during an acrobatic display and crashed during CarFest, an outdoor festival in Cheshire. The pilot, Kevin Whyman, was killed in the crash.

Britain, France say ending Calais migrant crisis is 'top priority'

Ending the crisis that has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority", the interior ministers of France and Britain wrote in a joint statement Sunday.

Canadian Firemen told to Stop helping coworker with cancer

When Tanner Brotzel was diagnosed with cancer in December, his coworkers didn't hesitate to offer to help him in every way possible, including covering his shifts at the firehouse in Saskatchewan's capital city of Regina.

Conflicting reports over killing of Cecil the lion's 'brother'

Uncertainty surrounds the fate of another lion linked to Cecil, the beloved Zimbabwean lion slain by an American dentist whose killing caused a global outcry, after a conservation group reported that his "brother" Jericho had also been killed.

Has Cecil the lion's brother, Jericho been shot and killed?

According to a senior park official, Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho was killed in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. The killing took place on August 1, reports the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. Other organizations dispute this report.

Op-Ed: How ‘green’ are the U.K. Conservatives?

The new U.K. Conservative Government has covertly and overtly dropped a number of pro-environmental policies. Many of these were policies the party appeared to support when in coalition.

Drought and wildfires prompt emergency declaration in California

With a severe drought now in its fourth year and at least 18 wildfires raging across the state, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of the state.

Fertilizers could harm native plant species

Fertiliser use is creating a situation whereby native plant species are battling more exotic plants, according to a new study.

Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico

Five bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said Saturday.

More than 300,000 seek asylum in Germany this year so far: Report

Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015.

Peru rescues 15 people, including children, held by rebels

Peruvian troops rescued seven children and eight adults that were kidnapped by Shining Path rebels, an official said Saturday.The children, aged four to 13, were malnourished and had skin diseases, said Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Vega.

Op-Ed: UN discussed peace deal with Tripoli representatives in Algiers

Special envoy to Libya of the UN, Bernardino Leon is meeting with representatives of the General National Congress(GNC) parliament. The GNC government is based in Tripoli. The talks are in Algiers, Algeria.

Greece arrests three suspected migrant boat raiders

Greece's coastguard on Saturday said it had arrested three men suspected of preying on migrants seeking to cross over from neighbouring Turkey, following several complaints made to a rights group.

FBI understaffed to ward off cybersecurity attacks, report says

The Next Generation Cyber Initiative is meant to step up investigation of cyber crimes, but the FBI is having trouble attracting computer scientists and cooperation from the private sector, according to an independent study.

Rival UK protests held to support and oppose Tunnel migrants

Rival protests featuring those welcoming migrants and far-right wingers opposed to their presence were held in the British port town at the mouth of the Channel Tunnel on Saturday.

S.Africa's Tutu to remain in hospital for 'another few days'

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu will remain in hospital in Cape Town "for another few days" despite making good progress, his foundation announced Saturday, four days after he was hospitalised with a recurring infection.

Nationalisations, German probes in Greek contingency plan: Report

Greece had a contingency plan in the event of being forced by creditors into a disorderly default, which included nationalisations and a corruption probe targeting German companies, a Greek newspaper reported Saturday.

Severe flooding hampers Myanmar rescue efforts, at least 27 dead

Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash

Members of Osama bin Laden's family were among four people killed when a private jet crashed into a car auction lot in Britain, Saudi Arabia's embassy in London and British police said Saturday.

Immigration the major concern for Europeans: poll

Immigration is the main concern of Europeans, ahead of economic problems and unemployment, according to a new opinion poll released by the European Commission.

Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday in the sweltering southern cities of Basra and Karbala as protests over the poor quality of water and electricity supply spread across the country.

Live lottery draw in Serbia sparks outrage and police probe

The head of Serbia's state lottery resigned on Thursday following allegations of fraud during a live lottery draw this week.

Slain Palestinian toddler's parents, brother fighting for lives

The parents and brother of a Palestinian toddler burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists were fighting for their lives Saturday, as demonstrators held a second day of protests over the arson attack.

Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand

Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences".

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Myanmar on Saturday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country.

Migrant bids to reach Britain fall as security tightened

French police said Saturday around 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the Channel Tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights after security in Calais was beefed up.

Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'

Nearly 40 government and opposition fighters have been killed as Syrian regime forces pushed rebels back from an area bordering President Bashar al-Assad's heartland, a monitor said Saturday.

North Iraq urges PKK to leave as Turkish strike toll mounts

Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties.

Sri Lanka police seek help to track rally gunmen

Sri Lankan police appealed for information Saturday to track down four gunmen who opened fire at a ruling party rally in the capital, killing a woman and wounding 12 other people.

New Taliban leader urges unity in ranks in first audio message

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah made a symbolic visit to the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile Saturday, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city.

Turkish strikes on PKK in Iraq kill at least 6

Turkish air strikes against the PKK in northern Iraq killed at least six people on Saturday, officials said, as Ankara's bombardment of the Kurdish rebel group entered its second week.

IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute

The International Olympic Committee on Saturday denied there was a legal problem over clashing logos for the Tokyo 2020 Games and one for a Belgian theatre.

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested by Japanese police

Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the MtGox Bitcoin exchange, after a series of fraud allegations led to its spectacular collapse and hammered the digital currency's reputation.
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