Rio Carnival dances toward wild finale, swatting Zika aside
Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship and their adoring fans were primed Sunday for their first all-night parade. After a fortnight of street parties, thousands of gallons of beer, and the day and night sound of drumming and singing throughout Brazil's most iconic city, the really serious Carnival fun was set to begin at 23:30 GMT. Kicking off after sunset and going all through the night to dawn on Monday, the 12 best samba ensembles, known as schools, were to strut their stuff in front of some 70,000 people in Rio's specially built stadium, the Sambadrome.
UK, Japan agree U.N. Security Council must take strong action against North KoreaLONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday he had spoken with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and both had agreed the U.N. Security Council should take strong action against North Korea for launching a long-range rocket. North Korea said the rocket was carrying a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Mark Potter)
Pilot after emergency: Somali airport security is 'zero'
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) ? The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero."
Russia says Lavrov discussed North Korea rocket launch with Japan's KishidaRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday discussed a rocket launch by North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Russia's foreign ministry said. Russia stressed the importance of diplomacy in defusing tension in Northeast Asia during the phone call, the statement said.
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North Korea triggers fresh outrage with space rocket launch
North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as another defiant step towards a missile capable of striking the US mainland. The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, amounted to the North raising the stakes against an international community already struggling to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test barely a month ago. There was no immediate external confirmation that the final stage of the satellite-bearing rocket had successfully achieved orbit, although the US Strategic Command said it had tracked "the missile launch into space".
Taiwan rescuers race to save over 120 buried after earthquake
Rescuers raced Sunday to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 29 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse. The death toll rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that toppled the 16-storey complex of almost 100 homes in the city of Tainan on Saturday. Officials said an investigation had been launched as questions were raised over the safety of the residential blocks in the complex.
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Afghanistan hopes for talks with Taliban this monthKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Afghanistan expects to hold direct talks with the Taliban by the end of this month, an official said Sunday.
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