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'International Flag of Planet Earth' shows a world united

It started out as a student's project undertaken as part of a Bachelor's Degree in fine arts. The exploration of Mars and other distant planets will take international cooperation, and a flag that imparts a sense of unity was designed.

Huge blasts outside Sanaa after coalition air raids

Sanaa - Huge explosions rocked the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Friday after Saudi-led air strikes against positions held by Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies, residents said.

'Sweet 16' birthday party ruined by high-flying party-pooper

Levittown - Jacinda Cambray will probably never forget her "Sweet 16" birthday party, nor will her 40 or so guests. The Pennsylvania girl's outdoor event was literally "dumped on" from above when human waste came raining down.

Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

Damascus - Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim

London - A British police force has agreed to pay £20,000 ($31,000) in an out-of-court settlement to a rape victim after officers arrested her following their failure to properly investigate her complaint, a report said Friday.

U.S. urges Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens to end boat crisis

Cox's Bazar - A senior U.S. diplomat on Friday urged Myanmar to extend "citizenship" to the oppressed Rohingya minority to address an ongoing migrant crisis that has hit Southeast Asia, leaving thousands stranded at sea.

300-400 new cholera cases per day among Burundians in Tanzania: UN

Ginebra - Some 3,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Tanzania, mainly among Burundian refugees fleeing political violence, the UN said Friday, adding that up to 400 new cases were being counted daily.

Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers.

Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

Eiffel Tower shut as staff walk out over pickpockets

Paris - Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

Suicide bomber in deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Saudi

Riyadh - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest during Friday weekly prayers at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing and wounding several people, officials said.

UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017.

'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban

Riga - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

Iraqi forces clear path to key refinery

Washington - Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group forces have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery, the US military said Friday.

'War crimes' rampant in Ukraine: Amnesty

Kiev - Amnesty International on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.

US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

Washington - US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step".

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Dublin - Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.

UK's Cameron says 'confident' of securing EU reform deal

Riga - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was confident of getting a deal on EU reforms which he can then put to a promised 2017 referendum on Britain's future in the bloc."I'm confident ...

Burundi protesters defy police crackdown

Bujumbura - Anti-government protesters in Burundi marched on the streets of the capital Bujumbura Friday, defying one of the heaviest pushes by police to end weeks of demonstrations.
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