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Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

One of the world's biggest dance music stars dies in Oman, with no cause of death announced.

Syrian TV: Rebels to Leave Enclave Northeast of Damascus

Syrian state TV said Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad. There was no immediate comment from the rebels in the eastern Qalamoun pocket of territory northeast of Damascus. Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, is seeking to recover control of the last few rebel enclaves near Damascus, building on momentum from the defeat of… Read Full Article

Iran Vows ‘Expected, Unexpected’ Moves if Nuclear Deal Dies

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. “Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared ... for actions that they expect and actions they do not expect,” Rouhani said without elaborating in a speech carried by state television, referring to a possible decision by Trump to leave the accord next… Read Full Article

Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

The endangered animal died in Italy during an attempt to fit him with a collar to track movements.

Ten killed in Nicaragua protests over pensions reform

Protesters, branded as 'vampires' by the government, are opposed to changes in the pension system.

The plastic choking Indonesian rivers

A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help.

Rohingya Rescued After Drifting at Sea for 9 Days 

A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued in Indonesian waters in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.  The eight children, 25 women and 43 men were brought ashore Friday afternoon at Bireuen in Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, the third known attempt by members of the ethnic minority to escape Myanmar by sea this month. Several required medical attention… Read Full Article

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement is welcomed by the US, South Korea and China.

4 Palestinian Protesters Dead, Hundreds Hurt by Israeli Fire

The European Union has urged the Israeli military to "refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters," after four Palestinians, including a teen-age boy, were killed by army fire in protests along Gaza's border with Israel. In Saturday's statement, the European Union's diplomatic service called for a full investigation of Friday's shootings. Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150… Read Full Article

Plastic: If It's Not Keeping Food Fresh, Why Use It?

The food industry uses plastic to wrap its products in many places around the world. Plastic manufacturers say that keeps produce and meat fresh longer, so less goes bad and is thrown away. But, according to a new European study, while the annual use of plastic packaging has grown since the 1950s, so has food waste. Faiza Elmasry has the story. Faith Lapidus narrates.