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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.

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.

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: Nothing is too taboo in Hot Docs’ ‘Ask the Sexpert’ Special

‘Ask the Sexpert’ is a charming film screening at Hot Docs about a nonagenarian who writes a sex advice column in India.

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".

FDA just approved one of the most expensive drugs in the world

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its approval for the drug, Brineura, manufactured by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Brineura also comes with a list price of more than $700,000 a year.

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.

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.

EU chiefs want to meet Erdogan at NATO summit: Merkel

Brussels - The EU's top officials will seek a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a NATO summit next month amid mounting tensions with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said 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.

Greece 'on target' for May 22 fiscal deal: PM

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday said his government was "on target" for a May 22 fiscal deal with its creditors to enable the country to meet July loan payments.

Dozens detained as Russian protesters say 'sick of Putin'

Moscow - Police detained over 100 activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out to protest against President Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in elections next year.

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.

24 dead as Kyrgyz landslide engulfs village homes

Bichkek - A landslide engulfed part of a village in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, killing 24 people, including nine children, the emergencies ministry said.

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.

EU leaders agree tough Brexit stance

Brussels - EU leaders unanimously backed a tough Brexit strategy at a summit on Saturday, demanding a "serious response" from Britain on the rights of European citizens before trade talks can start.

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.
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