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US urges UN to back African force for South Sudan

New York - The United States urged the UN Security Council to back a regional force for South Sudan to shore up UN peacekeepers unable to cope with the violence.

Remembering Country Queen Lynn Anderson (1947-2015)

Last year, country music suffered its biggest loss. County queen Lynn Anderson passed away on July 30, 2015, at the age of 67 from a heart attack.

Apollo astronauts at greater risk of heart disease than others

Tallahassee - A recently released study shows astronauts who left Earth's orbit are four or five times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than astronauts who never left orbit or never flew.

F1 rulers leave global audience confused and fed up

Hockenheim - Formula One's rule-makers took another U-turn on Saturday when they agreed a compromise on track limits at the first corner of the Hockenheim circuit.

Annual Perseid meteor shower to be extra spectacular this year

Late July is the beginning of a trifecta of spectacular heavenly fireworks shows. Beginning with the Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids, peaking tonight, they are but the warm-up act for the big show in August, the Perseid meteor showers.

Grammy nominee Dale Ann Bradley earns two 2016 IBMA nominations

Bluegrass queen Dale Ann Bradley has earned two 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations, including "Female Vocalist."

Review: Rodney Atkins delights at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall Special

Wantagh - On July 29, country star Rodney Atkins performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh on Long Island. Rose Falcon was his special musical guest.

UNICEF resumes aid to NE Nigeria after convoy attack

Lagos - UNICEF will continue to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite an attack on its convoy by Boko Haram Islamists, the UN children's agency has said.

Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

Melbourne - An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive.

Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians

New York - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has offered to share with the United Nations the results of 10 investigations into air strikes on civilian targets, according to a confidential letter AFP obtained on Saturday.

UN envoy proposes extension of Yemen peace talks

Kuwait City - The UN's envoy Saturday asked Yemen's warring parties to pursue peace negotiations in Kuwait for another week after the government said it was quitting the UN-brokered talks.

Interview: Devin Williams discusses new single 'Before I Met You' Special

Billboard-charting artist Devin Williams chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Before I Met You," which was released on July 1.

Syria says dozens of families leave rebel Aleppo

Damascus - Syria and its ally Russia said Saturday that dozens of civilians and rebels had left besieged eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridors but residents there and rebels dismissed the claims as "lies".

Toll rises to 8 dead in deadliest PKK attack since Turkey coup

Ankara - Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the country's restive southeast, the army said Saturday, raising the toll from the deadliest such attack on the military since the failed coup.

Security stepped up at Amsterdam airport following threat

Den Haag - Security was stepped up in and around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Saturday following a threat, local authorities said in a statement, adding that aviation was unaffected.

Catching up with Ruth B: Multi-platinum recording artist Special

New York - Multi-platinum recording artist Ruth B chatted with Digital Journal about the success of "Lost Boy," as well as her upcoming shot at Radio City Music Hall on October 4.

Two sisters shot dead in Pakistan 'honour' killings

Lahore - A man killed his two sisters on the eve of their weddings in Pakistan's central Punjab province, police said Saturday, in the latest case of so-called "honour" killings in the country.

'Big risk' of EU-Turkey migrant deal collapsing: Juncker

Vienna - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday."The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile.

Turkey intercepted Gulen followers' encrypted messages: official

Ankara - Turkey intercepted encrypted messages sent by followers of US-based Fethullah Gulen well before the July 15 coup attempt, giving Ankara names of tens of thousands within the preacher's network, a senior official said on Saturday.

Merkel's asylum policy under fire again from key ally

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's key ally in Bavaria distanced himself again on Saturday from her welcoming policy towards migrants in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country.
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