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Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Scientists in New Caledonia hope for best after coral bleaching

Marine biologists are crossing their fingers after New Caledonia's coral reef, a UN-inscribed natural wonder of the world, was hit by bleaching this year.

Brutal headwinds crush Europe's centre-left heavyweights

Bitter internal strife, plunging support among voters and surging populism: has there ever been a worse time to be a centre-left party in Europe?A dozen years ago, left-of-centre giants seemed a natural source of government in many European states.

Philippines' Duterte not Hitler, but wants to kill millions: spokesman

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not want to be branded another Hitler but he is willing to kill three million people in his crime war, his spokesman said Saturday.

North Korea building new submarine: US think tank

Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be building a new, larger submarine for ballistic missiles, a US think tank has said, as the isolated state pushes its nuclear weapons programme.

Lure of Australia's Uluru hard to resist

The urge to scramble up Uluru, the great red rock rising out of Australia's desert heart, is difficult to resist for many tourists, despite the risk of upsetting the local Aboriginal people.

Hong Kong leader calls for unity with China as protesters gather

Hong Kong's leader called on the city to unite behind its current political system Saturday in the face of increasing calls for independence from China, as protesters were bundled from the auditorium where he was speaking.

US police release video of fatal shooting of black man

Following days of protests, police in San Diego on Friday released video footage of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, saying the decision was made to counter "misinformation" being circulated about the incident.

Philippine president's Hitler remarks 'deeply troubling': Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter criticized the "deeply troubling" remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews.

France pushes UN draft resolution on Aleppo ceasefire

France on Friday discussed a UN draft resolution on imposing a ceasefire in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo with Russia, the United States and the two other permanent Security Council members, diplomats said.

UN chief offers to mediate over Kashmir tensions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan to defuse rising tensions over disputed Kashmir.

Disgruntled customer runs amok at Apple store in France

French prosecutors said Friday they would seek a fast-track trial against a young man -- apparently an unsatisfied customer -- who ran amok in an Apple store, smashing phones and tablets with a metal ball.

Colombia police arrest 238 suspected drug dealers

A nationwide police raid nabbed 238 suspected narcotics dealers and hitmen, dismantling 15 criminal gangs suspected of enlisting minors and homeless people to sell illegal drugs, authorities in Colombia said Friday.

Trump vs Miss Universe: White House race hits new low

Donald Trump urged voters on Friday to check out the supposed "sex tape" of a former Miss Universe backing his rival Hillary Clinton, provoking the Democrat to label him "unhinged" in a surreal new turn to the White House race.

Sweden to join NATO strategic comms centre: director

Non-aligned Sweden will join NATO's Strategic Communications Centre based in nearby Latvia amid heightened tensions with Russia in the Baltic Sea region, the centre said Friday.

Dutch summon Russian ambassador over MH17 comments

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has summoned Russia's ambassador over "unacceptable" comments by Moscow criticising a report into the downing of flight MH17, officials said on Friday."Responding to the presentation of the initial findings...

Brazil risks 'bankruptcy' if reforms not passed: Temer

Brazil's President Michel Temer warned Friday of state "bankruptcy" if far-reaching fiscal reforms restricting public spending are not approved.

Colombians vote Sunday on historic peace deal

Colombians vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end the 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels.

Spain's crisis-hit Socialists face leadership showdown

Spain's crisis-hit Socialists are gathering for a key meeting on Saturday that may help end the country's prolonged political deadlock and decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez.

Hurricane Matthew intensifies to 'major' Category 3 storm

Hurricane Matthew intensified Friday into a major Category Three storm, packing winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour over the Caribbean Sea, US forecasters said.

Srebrenica votes with Bosnian Serb tipped for mayor

Twenty-one years after the death of her brother in the Srebrenica massacre, Sehida Abdurahmanovic anxiously awaits Sunday's local elections in Bosnia, in which a Serb is favoured to become her mayor.

Germany tells Philippine envoy Duterte Hitler remarks 'unacceptable'

The German government on Friday told the Philippine ambassador that comments by President Rodrigo Duterte likening his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews were "unacceptable".

Faces of Colombia's war and peace

Before this week's historic peace deal with the FARC rebels, Colombia's civil war killed, bereaved and displaced millions, while thousands of others spent years in the jungle as hostages.

Shimon Peres: five key facts on former Israel premier

Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was buried on Friday in Jerusalem in the presence of world leaders.

Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

The sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were probably behind a grenade attack on a military convoy in northern Mexico on Friday, killing five soldiers, authorities said.

Russia dismisses Syria campaign death toll allegation

Russia on Friday dismissed an accusation its bombing campaign in Syria has killed thousands of civilians, insisting it has stopped jihadists taking over as it marks a year since it began air strikes.

Turkey opposition leader blasts Erdogan's 'counter coup'

Turkey's main opposition party leader on Friday accused the government of seeking to capitalise on the July 15 coup to stifle dissent, and vowed to oppose moves to extend a three-month state of emergency.

Key quotes from Shimon Peres funeral

US presidents present and past joined Israeli leaders and Shimon Peres's children in delivering the eulogies at the Nobel Peace laureate's funeral in Jerusalem on Friday.

Chinese man slaughtered 19 after family argument: police

A man has confessed to killing 19 people in a village in southwestern China after an argument with his parents over money, official media said Friday.

Germany revises down 2015 refugee arrivals to 890,000

Germany has revised down the number of asylum seekers it took in last year from 1.1 million to 890,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Myanmar man jailed for calling president 'crazy' on Facebook

A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar's president "crazy" in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a junta-era defamation law under the new civilian government.

Abbas, Netanyahu in rare handshake at Peres funeral

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres's funeral on Friday in a rare public encounter between the two men.

Ancient graves found in search for British toddler Ben Needham

Ancient graves have been unearthed on the Greek Aegean island of Kos in a new search for a British toddler who went missing over two decades ago, police said Friday.

EU agrees to ratify Paris climate deal

EU environment ministers agreed Friday to fast-track the ratification of the landmark Paris agreement on climate change, despite the fact that some national parliaments have yet to approve the deal.

Watchdog unable to say if chemical weapons used in Sudan

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that it was unable to support allegations that Sudanese government forces used suspected toxic arms in war-torn Darfur.

Philippines' Pacquiao 'not sorry' for drug use

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs.

Fancy a chat? Londoners appalled at Tube badges

When American Jonathan Dunne began handing out badges encouraging travellers on the London Underground to talk to each other, he had no idea how controversial challenging the unwritten 'no conversation' rule would be.

Turkey seeks arrests of judicial, prison staff in coup probe

Turkish authorities on Friday issued dozens of arrest warrants for staff in the judicial and prison systems, the latest swoop against suspects said to be linked to the alleged mastermind of the July 15 coup.

Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

Bulgaria banned on Friday face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as the debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

US rapper Gibbs acquitted in Austrian sexual abuse trial

US rapper Freddie Gibbs was acquitted Friday of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year.

Hungary's Muslims 'feel the hate' ahead of refugee referendum

Maja is no immigrant, she's a Muslim convert. But in the febrile atmosphere in Hungary ahead of Sunday's referendum on refugees, she says her religion has made her a target for abuse."We Hungarians are normally kind, friendly people.
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