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Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday lost a confidence vote in parliament, after just a year and a half in office.Out of 217 MPs overall, 191 were present for the vote.

Rio not 'clean' — Russian doping whistleblower

Russian doping whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov has told a Brazilian newspaper that the Rio Olympics "will not be clean" and blasted the International Olympic Committee for not banning Russia.

From horrors of war to Olympics, refugees ready for Rio

If bravery was an Olympic sport, the 10 athletes who make up the first-ever refugee team in Rio would be odds-on for a clean sweep of the gold medals.

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

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.

Recent fatal hot air balloon crashes

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.

Parents of gay Poles urge pope to help fight homophobia

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.

Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

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.

Turkey releases 62 military academy students: report

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.

Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash

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

Yemen peace talks extended for a week: Kuwait

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.

Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians

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.

Protest in Burundi after UN decides to send police

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Burundi's capital Saturday to protest against a United Nations Security Council decision to send a police contingent to the violence-wracked country, local officials said.

Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India

Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.

Philippines' Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed.

Pro-independence activist banned from Hong Kong elections

A leading pro-independence politician was Saturday disqualified from standing in Hong Kong's upcoming legislative election, his party said.

Tunisia government faces vote of confidence

Tunisia's parliament was gathered on Saturday for a vote of confidence that could see Prime Minister Habib Essid unseated after just a year and a half in office.

Two sisters shot dead in Pakistan 'honour' killings

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.

Bangladesh police identify cafe attack 'mastermind'

A Canadian citizen was one of the masterminds behind a mass killing at a Dhaka cafe, Bangladesh police said Saturday, after new information came to light following a raid on an extremist hideout.

Syria says dozens of families leave rebel Aleppo

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

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.

The magic is back: Harry Potter play hits London stage

Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday ahead of the opening gala of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three.

Erdogan seeks control of Turkey spy agency, chief of staff after coup

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 as he seeks to tighten his grip on the country after the failed coup.

Police officer shot dead in lengthy Armenia stand-off

A group of hostage-takers locked in a protracted siege with police in Armenia shot dead an officer Saturday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to call on President Serzh Sarkisian to step down.

Australia moving up in the world... literally

Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.

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

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.

Belgium charges man with attempted 'terrorist murder'

Belgian authorities charged a man on Saturday with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" after police uncovered an alleged plot to launch an attack in Belgium.An investigating judge charged Nourredine H.

Philippine crime war packs decaying jails

Mario Dimaculangan shares a toilet with 130 other inmates in one of the Philippines' most overcrowded jails, and conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime.

Two Indian soldiers among four killed near Kashmir border

Two soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed overnight in a gunbattle in Indian-administered Kashmir near the disputed territory's de facto border with Pakistan, the Indian army said Saturday.Colonel N. N.

UNICEF resumes aid to NE Nigeria after convoy attack

UNICEF will continue to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite an attack on its convoy by Boko Haram Islamists, the UN children's agency has said.

Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive.

For Rio's sports-mad population, it's Olympics every day

Rio de Janeiro's residents, or Cariocas, don't need the Olympics to prove their city is the center of the sporting world -- they know that the second they step outside.

Shelter to open in Mexico for reporters under threat

When photojournalist Ruben Espinosa felt harassed by the authorities in eastern Mexico, he fled to the capital. Without protection, he was shot dead in a case still unsolved a year later.

Christians, Muslims mourn murdered French priest

Muslim and Christian groups came together Saturday to mourn a French priest murdered by jihadists, as authorities charged a man in connection with the brutal church attack that rocked the nation.

Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.

France church attackers 'smiled' and spoke of Koran

One of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Koran.

Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite

Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV.

France braces for annual travel 'Black Saturday'

France is bracing for its annual Black Saturday, when millions of people return from their July holidays and millions of others take to the roads, rails and skies for their August break.

US urges UN to back African force for South Sudan

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.

Turkey remands 17 journalists in custody over links to Gulen

An Istanbul court on Friday remanded 17 Turkish journalists in custody over links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for this month's failed coup, charging them with membership of a "terror group".

'Big risk' of EU-Turkey migrant deal collapsing: Juncker

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday."The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile.

Police, protestors clash as Armenia standoff continues

Armenian police exchanged gunfire Friday with an armed pro-opposition group holding hostages for a twelfth day and clashed with thousands of protesters supporting the gunmen, said an AFP photographer at the scene.
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