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South Sudan forces launch new offensive: UN

New York - South Sudanese government forces on Wednesday launched an offensive on a town in the north, displacing civilians who may be headed toward the border with Sudan, the UN envoy said.

Manny Pacquiao likely to retire in 2021

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao won't be retiring anytime soon or at least after one year before his six-year term as Philippine senator ends in 2022.

Nigeria's Buhari misses second cabinet meeting in a row

Abuja - Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, a senior minister said on Wednesday, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health.

Pacquiao promises exciting fight for the fans on July 2

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao looks forward to a very exciting fight when he squares off with unbeaten Australian challenger Jeff Horn on July 2, at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Op-Ed: China urges US and South Korea to withdraw THAAD missile system

While Trump claims that China is cooperating with the US in attempts to force North Korea to reign in North Korea the Chinese have urged the US and South Korea to withdraw the THAAD anti-missile system.

Afghan strongman shelters former Taliban insurgents

Kabul - An Afghan strongman is giving sanctuary to Taliban fighters and their families who had sought haven across the border in Pakistan, building on a radical strategy to reduce Islamabad's perceived influence on the insurgency.

Op-Ed: Turkish airstrikes on Kurds in Iraq and Syria anger US

After Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes against Kurdish allies in Syria and Iraq, US officials expressed deep concern. Turkish warplanes attacked targets both in northern Syria and also near Singar Iraq.

Egypt's Sisi to accept courts' decision on island transfers

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he will not interfere in any decision the courts or parliament take on a controversial move to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Adding cinnamon to the diet lowers body temperature

Melbourne - A surprising fact has emerged from a food technology project. Researchers have discovered that adding cinnamon to the diet can cool the body by a temperature of up to two degrees. This adds to research about other health benefits from the spice.

Spills on Enbridge's old Line 5 pipeline tops one million gallons

An aging oil and gas pipeline passing through an environmentally sensitive stretch of the Great Lakes has had at least 29 leaks in its 64-year-old history, spilling more than one million gallons of oil and gas, according to a report released this week.

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

Tondano - In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Catching up with Kiefer Sutherland: Touring and influences Special

New York - Acclaimed actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland chatted with Digital Journal about his new album and touring schedule for 2017.

Turks, Kurds clash along northeast Syria border: monitor

Birut - Fighting broke out on Wednesday along the northeast Syria border between Turkish forces and Kurdish militiamen, a monitor said, a day after deadly Turkish air strikes on the area.

Dead woman's Fitbit data leads to murder charge against husband

Ellington - While a Connecticut man’s explanation for the death of his wife at first seemed plausible, an analysis of data from her Fitbit contradicted his timeline, leading to the husband's arrest on murder and other charges.

Afghanistan arrests 35 soldiers after attack on base

Kabul - Authorities have arrested 35 soldiers who served on an army base in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban staged a deadly attack last week, officials said Wednesday, as fears grew they had inside help.

Review: Pentatonix disappoints on 'Can't Help Falling in Love' video Special

A cappella group Pentatonix has released their new music video for "Can't Help Falling in Love" and it is a bit disappointing.

Op-Ed: Tea for Mom on Mothers' Day from Petaluma People Services Special

Petaluma - Whether it is said with a greeting card, a phone call or a dinner gathered in her honor, taking some time to express appreciation for the mom in one's life is important.

'All on me:' US admiral takes blame in carrier to N.Korea fiasco

Washington - The US admiral who ordered an aircraft carrier and other warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a much-hyped deployment took responsibility Wednesday for any "confusion" after the ships sailed in the opposite direction.

Faith, politics clash as Egypt's Al-Azhar pressed to reform

Cairo - When Pope Francis visits Egypt's Al-Azhar this week, he will find support for his message of peace in the venerable Islamic authority praised as a bulwark against extremism.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Sydney - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.
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