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Op-Ed: Racial hatred raising its ugly head across the South

Over the past weekend, over a dozen trucks paraded down Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach with Confederate flags flying from their truck beds, and the drivers yelling racial slurs. At the same time, the KKK was planning a rally in South Carolina.

Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: Report

Taipei - The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed into a river in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the plane's only working engine after the other failed, a new report confirmed Thursday.

Macy's and Costa Rica dump defiant Trump

New York - Macy's became the latest company to sever ties with Donald Trump, and Costa Rica decided to pull out of his Miss Universe competition following the mogul's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

Tripoli - Libya's rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal.

North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

Pyongyang - North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim.

U.S. Episcopal Church approves same-sex marriages

Washington - The US Episcopal Church announces that it approved ceremonies for same-sex marriages, shortly after the Supreme Court legalized the practice across country.

At least 36 dead after Philippine ferry capsizes: Official

Manila - At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said.

US asks Swiss to extradite 7 FIFA officials: government

Ginebra - Switzerland said Thursday the United States had formally requested the extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in May in a wide-ranging probe into corruption in football's top body.

French court rules 'no error' by German safety body in implants scandal

Marseille - A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body TUV had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia 'in custody in France'

Paris - Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and have been taken into custody, said a legal source.

French child abuse accused in Burkina Faso were special forces

Paris - The French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso were members of an elite special forces unit, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday.

Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes

- The police car lights flashed in the dark and dusty streets of the Bolivian mountain village of La Asunta. The officers approached two boys and told them: "Go home, there's a curfew.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Ukraine leader lays out vision of new war-time constitution

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday proposed constitutional changes giving sweeping powers to the regions but critically failing to address demands of pro-Russian militants in the separatist east.

Al-Qaeda attack in Yemen frees 1,200 prisoners

Taiz - News agency Saba reported that supporters of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula(AQAP) attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and released more than 1,200 prisoners.

Fresh push in Iran nuclear talks in Tehran, Vienna

Vienna - Major-power foreign ministers and the UN atomic watchdog chief were set to launch a fresh two-pronged push Thursday to nail down an elusive nuclear deal with Iran in a sixth day of high-stakes diplomatic poker.

Six killed in Burundi gun battle

Bujumbura - Six people, including one police officer, were killed in gun battles Wednesday in a part of Burundi's capital that has led protests against the president's third-term bid, police said.

Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases

Monrovia - Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months.

20 years after KKK torched it, SC black church burns again

Greeleyville - Just hours before a South Carolina AME church was gutted by fire on Tuesday night, the NAACP issued a series of tweets calling for "black churches to take necessary precautions" and promoting the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag.
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