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TV gunman plotted to 'hurt a lot more': state governor

Roanoke - The embittered gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was seemingly hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia's governor said Friday.

Libya shipwreck toll hits 76, UN fears 200 dead

Zawia - At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday.

Polish official '99% sure' Nazi train exists

Varsovia - Poland's deputy culture minister said Friday he saw a ground-penetrating radar image of the alleged Nazi train that has set off a gold rush, adding that he is 99 percent sure it exists.

UN urges immediate South Sudan ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday called on South Sudan's warring sides to immediately begin a ceasefire agreed as part of a new peace deal and threatened sanctions against those who undermine the accord.

Google Street View car damaged in 'La Tomatina' festival in Spain

Google made a big mistake when they decided to capture the "La Tomatina" food fight festival in Spain this week. Their Google Street View car was engulfed by enthusiastic revelers and virtually destroyed.

Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast

Waddan - Pakistani teenager Shefaz Hamza spent nine hours at sea clinging to the wreckage of a migrant boat that sank off Libya. By the time the coast guard arrived his mother and young sister were dead.

South Sudan army ordered to end fighting ahead of ceasefire

Juba - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement, his spokesman said, ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday.

Venezuelan row with Colombia an election ploy: Analysts

Caracas - The escalating row over Venezuela's mass deportations of Colombians is less about neighborly strains than the economic crisis, crippling shortages and dismal popularity ratings facing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, analysts said Friday.

Ashley Madison boss steps down after data breach

Ottawa - The chief executive of dating-for-adulterers website Ashley Madison stepped down on Friday after hackers leaked its membership list online.

Deadly tropical storm Erika could be downgraded by weekend

The latest information from the national Hurricane center at 5 p.m. indicates the track for tropical storm Erika is taking it over the Dominican Republic, and skirting the northern coast of Cuba. The forecast is for the storm to weaken over land.

German court reinstates ban on demos in flashpoint refugee town

Heidenau - The German government said Friday it was sending police reinforcements to the eastern state of Saxony, following violent anti-migrant protests which prompted a ban on rallies in the flashpoint town of Heidenau.

Tajikistan's Islamic opposition party faces ban amid crackdown

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Friday demanded that the country's largest opposition party halt its "illegal activities" in a move widely seen as an effective ban on the group.

12 mn Syrians have fled their homes since conflict began: UN

- Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.At least 7.

European ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

Paris - European ministers gather in Paris Saturday for security talks following last week's "targeted and premeditated" jihadist attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers.

Organiser of liberal Russian MP's murder jailed for 17 years

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Friday sentenced the organiser of the 1998 killing of prominent opposition politician Galina Starovoitova to 17 years in prison.

Turkish police detain two British journalists in Kurdish area

Ankara - Turkish police have detained two British journalists from Vice News who were covering the unrest in the restive Kurdish dominated southeast, the media company confirmed on Friday.

Berlin pledges police backup to refugee flashpoint town

Heidenau - Berlin pledged Friday to send police reinforcements to the eastern German town hit by violent anti-migrant protests, as a court ruled that a ban imposed on rallies there over fears of new clashes was "clearly illegal".

Venezuela expands Colombian border closure

- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns.

Turkey PM forms election government including pro-Kurdish party

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved the makeup of the provisional government that will run the country until November 1 elections, including for the first time pro-Kurdish MPs. "Our president...
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