• Philadelphia Orchestra strikes moments before gala

    Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra went on strike Friday moments before donors opened a black-tie gala, in the latest labor unrest in the tight-belted US classical music world. The musicians held up picket signs at the door rather than play at the gala, where they would have performed a selection

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  • 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. The grainy cellphone and surveillance videos show the victim, Alfred

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  • Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

    Some 60 gunmen, who also fired several rounds from assault rifles, freed a wounded suspect who was being escorted by the soldiers in an ambulance during the pre-dawn ambush in Culiacan, capital of the state of Sinaloa, state and military officials said on Friday. Guzman's sons were "very probably

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  • 'Brangelina' reach stop-gap deal over kids

    Angelina Jolie has reached a temporary agreement with Brad Pitt giving her custody of their six children and granting him visiting rights, reports said. Several celebrity gossip outlets reported on Friday that the divorcing couple were persuaded to agree to the detente by the Los Angeles County Department

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  • 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. Carter's comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations

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  • 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. The draft text calls for a cessation of hostilities in Aleppo, where the Syrian army

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  • 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. The offer came after Pakistan's ambassador met with the UN chief and urged him to personally intervene, while India said it did not want to aggravate

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  • Stocks rebound in Deutsche Bank-led volatile trading

    US and eurozone shares pushed higher Friday in volatile trade driven by Deutsche Bank's negotiations to settle US charges over its sale of toxic mortgage bonds before the financial crisis. News that Deutsche Bank was close to a much lower settlement than expected -- $5.4 billion instead of $14 billion

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  • Deutsche Bank pressure eases as US fine looks smaller

    Heavy market pressure on Deutsche Bank eased Friday as a knowledgeable source told AFP the US fine over toxic debt it sold would be only $5.4 billion, not the $14 billion originally demanded. A person familiar with the talks between Deutsche Bank and the Department of Justice said an agreement could

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  • Chinese yuan set to join IMF's elite currency basket

    China's yuan is poised to enter the International Monetary Fund's elite SDR basket of currencies, elevating Beijing's banknotes into a family long exclusive to global reserve assets. A symbolic coup for policymakers in Beijing, the move represents a milestone in raising the economic profile

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  • Pentagon chief reassures ASEAN ministers over future US commitments

    Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter met Friday with Southeast Asian defense ministers to discuss regional security issues and reassure them America's "rebalance" to Asia will continue under the next US administration. The rebalance -- or "pivot," as it is sometimes called -- has been

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  • 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. In a pre-dawn tweet-storm guaranteed to grab attention

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  • Crisis-hit Socialists prepare for leadership showdown

    Spain's crisis-hit Socialists geared up for a key meeting on Saturday that could help end the country's prolonged political deadlock and decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez. The roughly 300 members of the party's federal committee -- its de-facto parliament -- have been

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  • Pope calls for 'coexistence' at start of Caucasus tour

    Pope Francis called Friday for respect of national sovereignty and "coexistence" as he arrived in Georgia but seemed to dodge potential Russian ire at the start of a visit to the volatile Caucasus region. The pontiff was greeted warmly by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and the leader of the

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  • Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

    Syrian regime forces advanced in the battleground city of Aleppo Friday, backed by a Russian air campaign that a monitor said has killed more than 3,800 civilians in the past year. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity accused Syria's government and its ally Moscow of provoking a "bloodbath

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  • 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... spokespersons for the Kremlin and

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  • US: Talks with Russia on Syria 'on life support'

    Two days after threatening to suspend talks with Russia on the crisis in Syria, the United States confirmed Friday that negotiations continue but insisted they are "on life support." US Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the third day in a row

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  • Oil rises in New York, buoyed by OPEC cheer

    Oil prices finished higher in New York on Friday, two days after producing countries reached the consensus needed for a production cut. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate for November delivery gained 41 cents to close at $48.24. In London, North Sea Brent fell

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  • 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. Parliament approved the law that "bans wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face", referring to

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  • Comic writer confirms Wonder Woman is 'queer'

    The writer of the Wonder Woman comic series has confirmed the superhero is bisexual, putting an end to a long held debate on whether she'd had relationships with other women. Greg Rucka, who returned to DC Comics this year to craft the "Rebirth" series commemorating Wonder Woman's

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  • Chiuri raises banner of feminism in first Dior show

    She is the first woman ever to lead the legendary French fashion house of Dior. In her first show for the label, she went into battle in Paris on Friday under the banner: "We should all be feminists." In the high point so far of Paris fashion week, the Italian designer -- who wore a Superman

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  • Chibok protest in Abuja on 900-day anniversary of kidnapping

    Activists from Nigeria's Bring Back Our Girls movement gather in Abuja to mark 900 days since the mass kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to bring about their release.

  • Thousands protest Hungary referendum on migrant quota

    Thousands of people in Budapest protest against upcoming referendum in which Hungarians are poised to reject the EU's troubled refugee quota plan, potentially further boosting the European clout of fiercely anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

  • Ex-Guantanamo inmate says case now a "humanitarian issue"

    Jihad Diyab, a 45-year-old Syrian released from Guantanamo in 2014 and resettled in Uruguay, plans to stop drinking liquids , continuing a hunger strike he launched seven weeks ago, demanding to be transferred to an Arab country and reunited with his family.

  • 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. The scene, captured on camera and posted on the Internet, has gone viral in France. In it, the

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