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Road to Europe gets harder for Europe-bound migrants

From the increasingly fraught trek through the Sahara to violence in Libya, asylum seekers rescued this week in the Mediterranean say the obstacles to reaching Europe are getting bigger.

Raj all the rage as India marks 70 years of independence

Mumbai - As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of partition by the director of "Bend it Like Beckham".

Beijing defends jailing of Hong Kong activists

Bejing - China on Friday rejected international criticism of the jailing of three prominent Hong Kong activists, warning against using "so-called democracy" to conduct "illegal violent activities".

Drug 'personalities' die in Philippines' Big Time show

Manila - It's just after midnight and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's "One Time Big Time" show is getting into full swing as police shoot dead another young "drug personality".

Review: Jimmy Buffett brings mellow vocals, classics to Jones Beach Special

Wantagh - On August 15, veteran music star Jimmy Buffett performed a headlining show at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on Long Island.

Hong Kong activists fear more jailings after Wong imprisoned

Hong Kong - Hong Kong democracy campaigners raised fears Friday that they too would be jailed after the city's Beijing-backed government succeeded in putting Joshua Wong and two other prominent activists behind bars.

Paris police evacuate 2,000 migrants

Paris - French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris on Friday, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital.

Israel freezes controversial settlement law

Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a "thick red line".

Azerbaijan freezes bank accounts of sole independent news agency

Bakou - Azerbaijan has frozen the bank accounts of the country's only independent news agency, its director said Friday, in a step that could shutter the outlet.

Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying night

Barcelona - Markel Artabe had just finished his shift as a waiter in Cambrils and was heading off for an ice-cream when he heard shots: only a few hours after the carnage in Barcelona, the Catalan coast was suffering another attack.

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Sydney - An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.

Pierson Fodé talks 'The Bold and The Beautiful,' acting, success Special

Emmy-nominated actor Pierson Fodé (who portrays Thomas Forrester) chatted with Digital Journal about his role on the hit soap opera "The Bold and The Beautiful."

US personal credit-card debt reaches all time high at end of June

As of the end of June this year, US consumer credit-card debt has surpassed a record set just before the global financial system almost collapsed in 2008.

South Korean soldier killed in artillery drill

Seoul - A South Korean soldier was killed Friday and six others injured in an explosion during an artillery firing drill, reports said.

Review: Phillip Phillips delights at Stage 17 for 95.5 PLJ Special

New York - On August 17, singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips performed an intimate show for 95.5 PLJ's Stage 17, for an exclusive group of radio listeners.

Top American general says attack on Japan same as on US

Toukyo - The United States' most senior military officer on Friday said North Korea understands that an any attack on Japan is equal to one on the US itself -- and vice versa.

S. Africa opposition demand arrest of Grace Mugabe over assault claims

Johanesburg - Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe is a "massive flight risk" and must be arrested over allegations that she attacked a model in Johannesburg, South Africa's main opposition party said Friday.

South Korea's 'Poop School' to change name

Republic Of Korea - A South Korean elementary school whose name means "shit" has decided to adopt a more fragrant moniker, school officials said Friday.

China cracking down on anonymous browsers

Beijing - The Chinese government has issued a warning to websites that are selling virtual private networks (VPNs). The country outlawed the sale of VPN except those approved by the government in July.

Californians once again want out of US

Los Angeles - A group of Californians has submitted yet another initiative to secede from the United States as the country is gripped by one of its worst political crisis in recent history.
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