German group: Migrants die amid Libya 'coast guard' attack
BERLIN (AP) ? At least four people died off the coast of Libya and more were missing after a rubber boat carrying around 150 migrants was attacked Friday by a group aboard a speedboat labeled as belonging to Libya's coast guard, a German aid group said.
Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomalyJoggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking an explanation of why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow. A programmer for Russian ...
Mauritanian president says has no plans to scrap term limits
Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said he will not seek a third term in office, amid opposition allegations that he planned to change the constitution to extend his rule. A Western ally in the fight against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the Sahara, Abdel Aziz first came to power in a coup in 2008 and won a second five-year term in 2014. "I am neither ashamed nor afraid of asking to change the constitution for my personal interest.
US Navy destroyer conducts operation in South China SeaWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Defense Department says a U.S. Navy warship has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea, where China and five other countries have competing territorial claims.
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McDonald's U.S. sales revive amid stiff competition
Sales at established U.S. restaurants rose 1.3 percent as a result, offsetting the negative impact of competition and lower grocery prices that encouraged some diners to cook at home. The result from the United States, which accounts for about 40 percent of overall profit at McDonald's, just exceeded analysts' lowered expectations, and was not as robust as the 2 percent U.S. same-store sales gain reported by rival Dunkin' Donuts on Thursday. McDonald's international restaurants easily beat expectations on same-store sales growth in Britain, Australia, Canada and Germany.
Russia says it is extending pause in Aleppo bombing until October 22The Russian Defence Ministry said on Friday it was extending a pause in bombing militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo until 1900 local time on Oct. 22. Sergei Rudskoi, a defense ministry official, was shown on state TV as saying that what he called the "humanitarian pause" in Aleppo would be in place from 0800 and until 1900 on Oct. 22. Russia has temporarily halted air strikes to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city.
U.N. rights body sets up special inquiry on Aleppo crimesThe U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Friday to launch an "independent special inquiry" into events in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the top U.N. rights official said air strikes constituted war crimes. The Council asked the existing U.N. commission of inquiry to "conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo" to identify those responsible for alleged violations and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.
U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea - officials
By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest U.S. patrol, first reported by Reuters, is expected to anger Beijing and could further escalate tensions over the South China Sea.
Canada minister says EU 'incapable' of having international deal
Brussels (AFP) - Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the European Union as "incapable" of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on.