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UN calls for halt to South Sudan fighting

New York - The United Nations on Saturday called for a halt to fighting in South Sudan after the government launched a new offensive earlier this week.

B.C. emergency responders — Record 130 overdose calls in one day

Vancouver - April 26, turned out to be one of British Columbia's worst ever days for preventable drug overdose calls, with health officials recording 130 calls for assistance province-wide. This is nine more than the previous record set on November 20, 2016.

Italian FM backs prosecutor on NGO migrant row

Rome - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Saturday said he "agreed 100 percent" with a prosecutor's repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.

Turkey, US can turn Raqa into 'graveyard' for IS: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn the Islamic State jihadist group's de-facto capital of Raqa in Syria into a "graveyard" for the extremists, the Turkish president said on Saturday.

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island to host 27th GALA

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) will honor professionals from Long Island at their 27th annual awards GALA on May 9 at Westbury Manor.

New York considering 'textalyzers' to fight distracted driving

Albany - While still in the development stage, several New York lawmakers want police to be able to use textalyzers to determine if a person was using a hand-held electronic device while driving. Currently, police must obtain a warrant to search phone records.

N.Korea missile launch 'absolutely unacceptable': Abe

London - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called North Korea's test-fire of a ballistic missile "absolutely unacceptable" and a "grave threat to our country".

Dozens detained as Russian protesters say 'sick of Putin'

Moscow - Hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out Saturday to protest against President Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in elections set for 2018, with police detaining dozens of activists in the second-largest city of Saint Petersburg.

Nietes is 3rd world titlist from Phl after win against Nantapech

Former WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes has won the vacant IBF Flyweight title following his unanimous decision win over Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines.

Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Sarangani Philippines

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Sarangani Province in Mindanao, Philippines Saturday morning prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to raise a tsunami warning which was lifted later at around 7:00 a.m.

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Brussels - European Union leaders unanimously adopted their Brexit strategy at a special summit in Brussels on Saturday, in a show of unity ahead of two years of tough talks with Britain.

Biffy Clyro to perform in New York in support of 'Ellipsis' album

On May 9, hard rock band Biffy Clyro will be returning to the East Coast due to popular demand. They will be performing at Warsaw in Brooklyn, New York.

Review: We Are Family Foundation GALA — A night of music and philanthropy Special

New York - On April 28, the We Are Family Foundation GALA took place at Hammerstein Ballroom, which featured live performances by Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers and his band Chic.

Review: ‘Shingal, Where Are You?’ brings faces of genocide to Hot Docs Special

Hot Docs selection ‘Shingal, Where Are You?’ follows an Iraqi Yazidi family displaced by Daesh, trying to negotiate the safe return of their kidnapped daughter.

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Gaza - Hamas is to unveil a new version of its controversial founding charter which called for the destruction of Israel in a bid to ease its international isolation, party officials said.

India's arsenic-polluted drinking water causing cancers (Part 1)

Patna - In Bihar, India, literally millions of people are showing signs of arsenic poisoning, which can be linked to cancer, due to continually drinking contaminated water.

Five key moments in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - Venezuela on Monday marks a month since the start of a wave of deadly protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

Op-Ed: Looks like Adani's Carmichael Mine will become a 'white elephant'

In the latest report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Adani Mining's Carmichael coal mine looks more and more likely to end up being a "white elephant" due to its shaky financial situation.

Polish workers unfazed by French campaign fury over outsourcing

Lodz - Workers at a Whirlpool factory in Poland shrug off blame for job losses at the company's plant in fellow EU member France, as presidential rivals there trade barbs over the hot-button issue of outsourcing.

Infamous Afghan warlord returns to public life after exile

Carikar - Notorious Afghan warlord and ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to public life Saturday after more than 20 years in exile, calling on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a "caravan of peace".
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