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UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council voiced alarm about the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in South Sudan, with the United States, Britain and France raising anew the idea of sanctions and a weapons embargo.

S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

Nationwide recall of almost one million pound of chicken products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that it is recalling 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with metal fragments. This is a Class 1 recall.

Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp

Varsovia - Fourteen men and women in their twenties on Friday slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to the museum at the site in southern Poland.

Final push on Syria's Raqa to begin in days: France

Birut - The international coalition battling the Islamic State group will begin a final push on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold Raqa in the coming days, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday.

US sees 'activity' at North Korea nuke sites: US official

Washington - The US military has observed activity in North Korea that suggests Pyongyang may be gearing up for another nuclear test, a US official said Thursday.

'Disintegrating' EU has nothing to celebrate: Varoufakis

Rome - The EU is falling apart so quickly it might not last another decade, Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said Friday as leaders descended on Rome for the bloc's 60th birthday party.

Escaping IS-held Mosul, residents head into unknown

Mosul - Bilal Abduljabbar clambers onto the back of an Iraqi army truck with his two teenage children to start the final stage of their escape from war-torn west Mosul."Where we came from, there was no water and no food, just fighting," the 43-year-old says.

Putin meets France's Le Pen in Moscow

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen as she visited Moscow on Friday, with the Russian leader stressing that the Kremlin does not meddle in France's politics.

South Korea prepares to move sunken Sewol ferry to port

Susong - Salvage operators were preparing to move South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry on to another vessel to transfer it to port Friday, nearly three years after it went down with the loss of more than 300 lives.

Country singer Levi Hummon talks about show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - Country singer Levi Hummon chatted with me about his upcoming show at The Paramount in Huntington on April 15, where he is opening for Frankie Ballard.

Stirring up another Brexit may cause Balkans 'war,' Juncker tells US

London - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has asked Donald Trump's administration not to encourage other EU-member countries to leave the bloc or "a new war" may break out in the Balkans.

27 killed in south Yemen clashes

Aden - At least 20 rebels and seven soldiers were killed over the past 24 hours in ongoing fighting in southern Yemen, a military source said Friday.

Italy capital in security lockdown for EU celebrations

Rome - The Italian capital was preparing Friday for a high-security lockdown as 27 heads of state or government head to Rome for the European Union's 60th anniversary celebrations.

Google to strip SMS support from Hangouts to help it rival Slack

Google is planning to remove Hangouts' SMS messaging capabilities within the next couple of months. The company is believed to be making the move as part of its efforts to make Hangouts a better rival to upstart messaging app Slack.

London attack: police make two more 'significant arrests'

London - Two more people have been arrested over Wednesday's terror attack in London, police said on Friday, also giving the attacker's birth name as Adrian Russell and appealing to the public for information about him.

Review: Trumpism not the only target in ʻEverything Is Great Again’ Special

Toronto - Given a title like “Everything Is Great Again”, you know Donald Trump’s presidency is taking some shots in the new Toronto Second City show, which opened last night. But as easy a target as he is, the Orange One is surprisingly absent.

Third of Yemen provinces on brink of famine: UN

Geneva - A third of Yemen's 22 provinces are on the brink of famine, the UN said Friday, warning that 60 percent of the war-ravaged country's population was going hungry.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Terror charges for suspect in murky Antwerp car incident

Brussels - A Tunisian man has been charged with terror offences after being arrested for driving at high speed into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, prosecutors said Friday as his motives remained unclear.
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