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Far from Carnival street fests, glitzy Rio Ball for elite

Women in elegant, long-flowing dresses saunter on the red carpet while men in tuxedos smile broadly and wave to hundreds of people who have lined up along Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlantica to have a look. As the guests walk into the iconic Copacabana Palace Hotel, they are greeted with the rhythms of a Japanese drum ensemble and the sounds of ocean waves just across the street.



The Latest: Syrian opposition hints govt behind Homs attack

Syria's top opposition delegates taking part in talks mediated by the United States in Geneva said they condemn terrorism but are hinting that Saturday's attacks in the city of Homs may have been done by the Syrian government itself. Nasr al-Hariri, head of the main opposition negotiating delegation, condemned all kinds of terrorism but said the Syrian government in Damascus was the primary "sponsor of terrorism."



Early investigation shows ice that crashed through roof was from WestJet flight

WestJet says early results of an investigation into an ice chunk that crashed through a Calgary home indicate one of its planes is to blame. Airline spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says in an email that a preliminary investigation with Nav Canada has concluded the ice on Friday evening fell from a WestJet plane on approach into Calgary from Regina.



Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

In this April 12, 2012, file photo, the Tijuana River flows near Dairy Mart Road in San Ysidro, Calif. Officials in California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed into the U.S. for more than two weeks.



Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

Farah is executive director of Ka Joog, a group that works to engage Somali youth in Minnesota. The group rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlie... .



I have a mandate to lead, says Mugabe at 93

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 93rd birthday surrounded by thousands of supporters in a defiant show of strength after nearly four decades in power. Wearing dark glasses and a multi-coloured jacket bearing an image of himself in younger days, Mr Mugabe hosted a birthday celebration in Matabeleland attended by government supporters and delegates from ruling parties in Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Zambia.



Scottish nationalism is same as racism, London mayor claims

The Labour mayor of London has likened Scottish nationalism to racism, insisting that there is "no difference" between them and those who try to "divide us on the basis of our background, race or religion". He wrote in the Daily Record newspaper: "The last thing we need now is to pit different parts of our country or sections of our society against each other - or to further fuel division or seek separation."



Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said. Special forces Lt.



Suspect was paid for - prank' attack on Kim's half-brother

The Indonesian suspect in the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother was paid 90 dollars to help carry out the attack involving VX nerve agent, said Indonesia's deputy ambassador to Malaysia. But deputy ambassador Andriano Erwin repeated Siti Aisyah's previous claim that she was duped into the plot, thinking she was taking part in a prank.



Labour - further from power than any time in my life', says David Miliband

Labour under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership is further from power than any time in the last 50 years, David Miliband has said. As Mr Corbyn made clear he is determined to continue as Labour leader despite a humiliating defeat in the Copeland by-election, Mr Miliband said he was "deeply concerned" about the party.



Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

A patient from the Nise da Silveira Mental Health Institute wears an octopus costume during the institute's carnival parade, coined in Portuguese: "Loucura Suburbana," or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, ... RIO DE JANEIRO - Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal. The world's most famous Carnival bash in Rio opened in a strange way.



In video: CCTV captures hit-and-run in Birmingham

West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage of a BMW mounting a pavement and hitting a teenage girl before driving off.



Brazil's Carnival kicks off with parades and street parties

Revelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties on the first of five official days of Carnival celebrations. The world famous party in Rio de Janeiro is kicking off Friday afternoon with several street parties expected to draw tens of thousands.



Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

In this Oct. 5, 2016 photo, a man wearing an oversized Donald Trump head protests outside the still under construction Trump International Hotel and Tower, during demonstration in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 69-story tower has drawn praise for its sleek, twisting design.



Attacks near Syria town captured from IS kill 62

Two attacks near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 60 people, mostly civilians, and two Turkish soldiers on Friday, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said. A suicide car bomb went off Friday outside a security office operated by Syrian opposition north of al-Bab, killing 60 people, mostly civilians who had gathered to return home to the town liberated from IS only a day earlier.



Deadly VX nerve agent killed North Korean leader half-brother - police

Banned chemical weapon VX was used to murder North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's outcast half-brother in an airport attack, Malaysian police have said. The nerve agent was detected on Kim Jong Nam's eyes and face, Malaysia's inspector general of police said in a statement, citing a preliminary analysis from the country's Chemistry Department.



Crocodile attacks full grown dog and drags it under water

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