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French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on

PARIS A French court on Friday suspended a ban on women wearing full-body "burkini" swimsuits on a Mediterranean town's beach but the prime minister said the debate was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a "backwards, deadly Islamism".

U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

SEOUL The UN Security Council late on Friday condemned a series of missile launches by North Korea after failing to do so earlier this month when China had wanted a statement also to oppose the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

Fed's Yellen sees stronger case for interest rate hike

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. The Federal Reserve is getting closer to raising interest rates again, the head of the U.S. central bank and other policymakers said on Friday in comments that left the door open for a hike as early as next month.

Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned

PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.

Labour party says resolves conference security stand-off

LONDON Labour Party said on Friday it had found a new security company to guard its conference, avoiding an embarrassing confrontation with a union that had objected to the previous firm and threatened to picket the event.

Clinton attacks Trump's outreach to black voters in new ad

WASHINGTON Democrat Hillary Clinton called on Friday for voters to reject the "bigotry" of Donald Trump's White House campaign, releasing a television ad criticizing his efforts to appeal to black voters and saying she was reaching out to people from all parties who are troubled by his candidacy.

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