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Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali

The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protectionMore than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together.

Retired police officer finds fugitive who shot him nearly 50 years ago

Luis Archuleta, 77, was arrested in New Mexico, where he had been living under a fake name since escaping prison in 1974A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 has been found living under an alias in a small town in New Mexico after the police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said.Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested on Wednesday in Espanola, New Mexico, where he had been living under the name Ramon Montoya for about 40 years, the FBI said in a statement.

Beirut explosion: Captain Boris Prokoshev on why Rhosus was in Beirut

Boris Prokoshev, captain of the Rhosus, spoke to the BBC's Sarah Rainsford about why the ship was in Beirut.

2 ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a failed beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro

'I can send $100 to Mr Trump': senior Chinese official ridicules US Hong Kong sanctions

China’s most senior figure in Hong Kong defiant after US takes action against leaders over crackdown on freedom in city The head of China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, has mocked sanctions announced by the US over the crackdown on freedoms in the city, offering to send Donald Trump $100 so he can freeze the asset.Luo, whose statement appeared on the liaison office’s website on Saturday, is the most senior Chinese figure in the city. “Being put on the US sanctions list just means that I have done what I should do for the nation and Hong Kong,” it read. “Isn’t such a ‘sanction’ in vai...

Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran is urging the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by two U.S. fighter jets in the skies over Syria last month, which it called an “unlawful” and an “adventuristic act.” Iran’s U.N. ambassador, Majid Takht ...

As Trump bans WeChat, some in China turn to encrypted messaging app Signal

NBC News reports Signal isn't blocked by the Great Firewall, unlike other encrypted messaging apps including WhatsApp and Telegram.

Policeman tracks down man who shot him in the stomach - 40 years after his escape from prison
Policeman tracks down man who shot him in the stomach - 40 years after his escape from prison

A policeman shot in the stomach in 1971 has tracked down the man who did it - 40 years after he escaped from prison.

Beirut recovery effort gathers pace amid growing anger at Lebanon's leaders

Observers confused by unidentified men directing port cleanup as politicians’ excuses are shunnedSearch and rescue teams, firefighters and medics continued to comb through what remains of Beirut port on Friday, competing for space with men who were not wearing uniforms or displaying official status, and who several observers said were directing clean-up efforts. Related: Beirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar

Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Coronavirus Vietnam: The mysterious resurgence of Covid-19

A central Vietnamese city is back in lockdown as researchers search for the source of a new outbreak.

Beirut explosion: cruise ship owner sues 'those responsible', as more protests loom

Legal action could be first of many moves as anger builds over disaster, with protests planned on SaturdayBeirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar The Lebanese owner of a cruise ship sunk by the huge explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut is filing a lawsuit “all those responsible”, the country’s state news agency has said, as anger builds over the disaster. Related: 'Martyrs for corruption': the family mourning three firefighters missing in Beirut explosion

US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials

The U.S. is imposing sanctions on pro-China officials in Hong Kong, including the leader of the government, for their alleged roles in squashing freedom in the former British colony

Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran is urging the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by two U—S— fighter jets in the skies over Syria last month, which it called an “unlawful” and an “adventuristic act.”

WATCH ANOTHER serene wedding photoshoot violently interrupted by Beirut blast shockwave
WATCH ANOTHER serene wedding photoshoot violently interrupted by Beirut blast shockwave

A peaceful wedding photo session outside a restaurant in Beirut was abruptly halted when a massive explosion tore through the city’s port, with chilling video showing the moment the shockwave hit yet...

Q&A: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary on Sunday

The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday

Vaccine may only be 50% effective, US disease expert Fauci warns
Vaccine may only be 50% effective, US disease expert Fauci warns

An approved coronavirus vaccine may only end up being effective 50% of the time, the top US infectious diseases expert has warned.

Jerry Falwell Jr to take leave of absence after racy photo

Jerry Falwell Jr will step down as president of Liberty University after posting the "weird" image.

Q&A: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary on Sunday

The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday

City in China's Inner Mongolia issues warning after bubonic plague patient dies

This marks the second death of a plague patient reported this month in the Inner Mongolia region.

Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s orders on Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat
Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s orders on Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

Here’s what’s at stake over Trump's executive orders to ban the Chinese-owned apps in the next 45 days.

The strong women aiming to end Belarus strongman's grip on power
The strong women aiming to end Belarus strongman's grip on power

This is not the election that the long-time leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, had planned.

Last-ditch U.S. financial aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus.

Lebanon officials long warned of Beirut port’s chemical explosives: documents
Lebanon officials long warned of Beirut port’s chemical explosives: documents

The documents surfacing in social media since the blast underscore the corruption, negligence and incompetence of Lebanon’s long-ruling political oligarchy

Three women injured swimming with whales in Australia in space of a week

Alicia Ramsay was hit by humpback whale’s fin days after two others injured swimming at tourist hotspot Ningaloo reefA woman snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, on the north-west coast of Western Australia, has become the third person to be injured by a humpback whale there in less than a week.The woman, Alicia Ramsay, 30, was flown to Royal Perth hospital with rib fractures on Thursday after being hit by the whale, which was swimming nearby with its calf.

UN set for showdown over US Iran arms embargo push

The UN Security Council is set next week to roundly reject a US resolution to extend an Iranian arms embargo, diplomats say, setting up a lengthy showdown with repercussions for the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the United States would put forward its long-awaited resolution despite ardent opposition from Russia and China. "The resolution takes a maximalist position on Iran," one diplomat told AFP.

Notorious former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio loses bid to win back seat

Known for launching immigration crackdowns, the former sheriff lost the Republican primary to his former aide Jerry SheridanJoe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff notorious for his abusive policing and hardline anti-immigration tactics, has lost his bid to win back the post he held for 24 years.An early Donald Trump supporter and proponent of the racist theory that Barack Obama was not born in the US, Arpaio lost the Republican primary for Maricopa county sheriff to a former aide, Jerry Sheridan. Sheridan will face off against Democrat Paul Penzone in the November elections.

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt
Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying Indians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus back home skidded off a hilltop runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern...

Judges reject foes of sentencing reform and pot initiatives

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County judges on Friday rejected challenges to two proposed voter initiatives, one implementing criminal sentencing reform and the other legalizing recreational marijuana. If upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures are certified by the Secretary of State in the ...

Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

President Michel Aoun, in office since 2016, said Friday that he was first told of the dangerous stockpile nearly three weeks ago and immediately ordered military and security agencies to do "what was needed."

Gretchen Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision: AP sources

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer travelled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.

Mexico warns of 'prolonged pandemic': Coronavirus live updates

Italy's cabinet approves 25 billion euro package as Mexico official warns of 'prolonged pandemic' amid rising cases.

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, after “anything goes” tourism ads were pulled and Mexico was slapped with a U.S. “do not travel” advisory

Amazon fires rage in early August as fears of mass blazes mount

Data from Brazil's space agency suggests fires in the Amazon are on track for a seven percent increase over last year.

AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision. Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The first-term governor of the battleground state has long been on his short list of possible running mates.

Lebanon's president knew about explosives weeks before deadly blast
Lebanon's president knew about explosives weeks before deadly blast

Lebanon's president has revealed he knew about the huge stockpile of explosives at Beirut's port almost three weeks before they blew up.

He Says The Saudi Prince Sent A Death Squad To Kill Him In Canada. Now His Kids Are Missing.

Two weeks after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi crown prince allegedly sent a death squad to Canada, targeting a former Saudi intelligence official, according to a new lawsuit.View Entire Post ›

Dr. Anthony Fauci says chance of coronavirus vaccine being highly effective is 'not great'

Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, but 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable, too, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

Brazil soccer's Serie A begins as COVID-19 deaths at 100,000
Brazil soccer's Serie A begins as COVID-19 deaths at 100,000

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil's main national soccer championship begins on Saturday after a three-month delay on the same day the South American nation is expected to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 de...

Markets could be challenged by Washington stimulus talks and China tensions

The debate over the next round of stimulus and rising tensions between the White House and China could create headwinds for the market.

ACT's David Seymour: 'I don’t really care what people think and I’m still quite successful'

The New Zealand politician has swapped twerking on TV for a more serious policy agenda. As the election looms, it seems to be workingHe went viral in an awkward campaign video that featured him repeatedly saying “hi” – with an emotionless, thousand-yard stare – at famous spots in his constituency. He twerked merrily on Dancing with the Stars wearing neon Lycra. He once proclaimed – with unintentional double entendre – in a news interview about national flags, that “the French, for instance, love the coq.”That was the old David Seymour. The New Zealand lawmaker is the leader and sole member of...

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

A special Indian government evacuation flight carrying people home who were stranded because of the coronavirus has skidded off a hilltop runway and split in two while landing in heavy rain in southern India

Plane overshoots runway and crashes in southern India

An Air India Express flight skidded off the runway at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport, officials said.

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections

Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

Documents show warnings were raised at least 10 times over the past six years about the massive stockpile of explosive chemicals stored at Beirut’s port

Donald Trump: U.S. sending three planes 'loaded' with aid to Beirut
Donald Trump: U.S. sending three planes 'loaded' with aid to Beirut

President Trump said Friday he is sending three "fully loaded" aircraft to Lebanon as it deals with the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port in Beirut. Mr. Trump spoke to French President Emma...

Trump cheered by golf club guests as he says they don't have to wear masks

Donald Trump was loudly cheered by guests at one of his golf clubs when he told the media they were not required to wear face masks because they were attending a "political event".

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold

Jerry Falwell Jr: Trump ally leaves university post after uproar at picture with unzipped trousers

High profile evangelical Christian said pose on yacht was just 'good fun

Portland protesters take to the streets, clash with police for 3rd consecutive night
Portland protesters take to the streets, clash with police for 3rd consecutive night

The demonstration with unrest came hours after the city's Democratic mayor pleaded for protesters to stay off the streets