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Ebola burial teams saved thousands of lives

Geneva - A new study, reviewing the actions taken in response to the 2014-2015 West African Ebola crisis, has found the burial practices conducted by medical staff were highly effective in reducing the infection spread.

Mongolian voters weigh love-hate relationship with China

Ulan Bator - The waving flags, triumphant song and rousing speeches of a Mongolian presidential campaign rally were interrupted by a fight that broke out in the crowd.

US wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city: army

Marawi - One of America's most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said Saturday.

Second North Korean soldier defects to South in a month

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to the South after crossing the heavily fortified border, a defence ministry spokesman said on Saturday, the second soldier to defect this month.

Over 140 people feared buried in China landslide

Bejing - Chinese rescuers scoured through rocks on Saturday in a frantic search for more than 140 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province.

Review: Hunter Hayes puts on electrifying show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On June 23, country star Hunter Hayes headlined The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, where he played for an excellent turnout.

Around 100 people feared buried in China landslide

Bejing - Chinese authorities launched a frantic search for around 100 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province on Saturday, local authorities said.

Voting underway in sprawling PNG elections

Port Moresby - Voting began in Papua New Guinea elections Saturday with the Pacific nation's leader urging peaceful polling to show it has "come of age", as he seeks another term to fix an economy under siege.

In Argentina, music cures the soul

Buenos Aires - Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying.

Review: Jillian Steele dazzles at The Paramount, opens for Hunter Hayes Special

Huntington - On June 23, rising songstress Jillian Steele opened for headliner Hunter Hayes at The Paramount in Huntington, for a great turnout.

Gripping tales lure war-weary Syrians to Damascus cafe

Damascus - With a slender sword in one hand and an antique storybook in the other, Ahmad al-Lahham captivates a packed Damascus coffeehouse with tales of ancient kingdoms and brave conquerers.

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Berlin - Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Op-Ed: Trump may take a hard line with Pakistan and up drone attacks

US president Donald Trump is said to be considering a hard-line approach to relations with Pakistan in order to crack down on Pakistan-based militants who are launching attacks in Pakistan.

Colombia's ELN rebels free two kidnapped Dutch reporters

Estanzuela - Rebels with Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) group have freed two Dutch journalists snatched days ago in the country's northeast, officials said Saturday.

CNN uses sketch artist at no-camera White House briefing

Washington - US media went back to the past on Friday to cover the daily White House press briefing, after President Donald Trump's administration banned cameras from the event.

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Paris - Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

US Olympic doctor faces trial for sexual abuse of athletes

Mason - A former doctor to gymnasts from successive US Olympic teams is to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted female athletes, one of whom was only 11, over almost two decades.

Brazil defends meat against US ban, but image tattered

S - Brazil's agriculture minister Blairo Maggi announced Friday he will travel to the United States to fight a ban on Brazilian beef imports, but the Latin American country's meat industry is already reeling.

Poland approves restrictions on morning-after pill

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved on Friday a new law limiting access to the morning-after pill in the devoutly Catholic country, which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

US ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Washington - The United States abolished the role of its special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, just as it prepares to send thousands more troops to the region.
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