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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.

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.

Mexico launches drones to protect endangered porpoise

- Mexico's government has launched drones to back last-ditch efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Review: Heart amazing at Jones Beach, NY for 'Rock Hall Three for All' Special

Wantagh - On July 28, rock band Heart performed at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, as part of the "Rock Hall Three For All" tour.

Bankrupt businessman hid his mansion in a shed

A fraudster in the United Kingdom who hid his mansion in a farm shed has been sentenced to jail time for drugs and money laundering offenses.

NBA News and Rumors: Blake Griffin to Toronto Raptors?

Toronto - The biggest news coming from Toronto this off-season was the re-signing of star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, but with several teams making some big moves, it now appears the Raptors have taken a step backwards in their effort to win a NBA title.

Christians and Muslims to mourn murdered French priest

Paris - Muslim and Christian groups will hold vigils Saturday for a French priest murdered by jihadists in his church, as police charged a man in connection with the brutal attack that has plunged the nation into mourning again.

Methane bubbles in melting permafrost a very serious warning

Something strange is happening on Bely Island in the Kara Sea. Fifteen large bubbles have been found in the melting permafrost, and when someone steps on one, it will tremble, sort of like a water-bed.

Review: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts captivate Jones Beach Theater in NY Special

Wantagh - Rock queen Joan Jett performed with her band, the Blackhearts, at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on Long Island.

It's official — U.S. mosquitoes now spreading Zika virus

Miami - On Friday afternoon, Florida health officials confirmed that four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes.

Shelter to open in Mexico for reporters under threat

- When photojournalist Ruben Espinosa felt harassed by the authorities in eastern Mexico, he fled to the capital. Without protection, he was shot dead in a case still unsolved a year later.

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.

Ortega tightens grip on Nicaragua

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega won even more control over the levers of his nation when 28 opposition lawmakers were ousted from parliament by electoral authorities.

What do Internet searches have to say about the DNC and RNC?

With all of the hype and media coverage surrounding both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, many Americans who could not attend themselves may be wondering about the chanting, flag-waving, and occasionally booing crowds they saw on T.V.

For Rio's sports-mad population, it's Olympics every day

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's residents, or Cariocas, don't need the Olympics to prove their city is the center of the sporting world -- they know that the second they step outside.

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires today

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires in just a few more hours, giving you until the end of the day to install the new operating system without paying $100. The company has shared some new statistics on usage of Windows 10.
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