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Parents of gay Poles urge pope to help fight homophobia

Srodmiescie - The worried parents of 16 young gay Poles have implored Pope Francis to help combat what they call "widespread" homophobia in Poland, as the pontiff visited the strongly Catholic EU state for the first time.

US urges UN to back African force for South Sudan

New York - The United States urged the UN Security Council to back a regional force for South Sudan to shore up UN peacekeepers unable to cope with the violence.

Tensions as pro-Erdogan activists to rally in Germany

Cologne - Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are planning to rally in the German city of Cologne Sunday, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge.

Recent fatal hot air balloon crashes

Washington - Saturday's hot air balloon crash in central Texas is feared to have left 16 people dead. If confirmed it would be the deadliest such accident in the United States on record.

Pope and pop rock Catholic youth party

Brzegi - Saints dropping disco moves and nuns belting their hearts out rocked the final night of a Catholic youth extravaganza headlined by Pope Francis in Poland on Saturday.

Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash

Washington - Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in central Texas on Saturday, officials said.

Erdogan says wants Turkey spy agency, chief of staff under his control

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control after the failed coup.

Yemen peace talks extended for a week: Kuwait

Kuwait City - The UN-brokered Yemen peace talks have been extended for one week following a request by the UN special envoy, the foreign ministry of host nation Kuwait said on Saturday.

Brazil interim leader says he's ready to be booed at Olympics

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer said he is fine with the likelihood he will be booed when he appears at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games next week."I am totally ready.

Tunisian PM Habib Essid loses confidence vote

Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid lost a confidence vote in parliament Saturday, in a move that risks plunging the country into fresh political uncertainty.

Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians

New York - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has offered to share with the United Nations the results of 10 investigations into air strikes on civilian targets, according to a confidential letter AFP obtained on Saturday.

Trump to slain soldier's father: 'I've made a lot of sacrifices'

Washington - Donald Trump hit back at accusations from the father of a slain Muslim soldier that the billionaire has "sacrificed nothing" for his country on Saturday, saying he had employed thousands of people.

Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

Brzegi - Pope Francis urged "drowsy and dull kids" to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland.

Mali extends state of emergency by eight months

Bamako - Lawmakers in Mali agreed to extend a state of emergency across the country by another eight months, officials told AFP, as fresh violence flared in the restive northeast.

Syria says dozens of families leave rebel Aleppo

Damascus - Syria and its ally Russia said Saturday that dozens of civilians and rebels had left besieged eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridors but residents there and rebels dismissed the claims as "lies".

Security stepped up at Amsterdam airport following threat

Den Haag - Security was stepped up in and around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Saturday following a threat, local authorities said in a statement, adding that aviation was unaffected.

Toll rises to 8 dead in deadliest PKK attack since Turkey coup

Ankara - Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the country's restive southeast, the army said Saturday, raising the toll from the deadliest such attack on the military since the failed coup.

Two sisters shot dead in Pakistan 'honour' killings

Lahore - A man killed his two sisters on the eve of their weddings in Pakistan's central Punjab province, police said Saturday, in the latest case of so-called "honour" killings in the country.

Turkey releases 62 military academy students: report

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Saturday released from jail 62 students from Istanbul's military academy, more than two weeks after the July 15 attempted coup, local media reported.
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