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Hawaii's Hanauma Bay named best beach in America
When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as "Toilet Bowl" and "Witch's Brew," you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii's Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state's calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
 
After nuke deal, Iran art sells for US$7.4 mil.
An annual art auction in Tehran drew record sales of US$7.4 million Friday, a sign of Iran's emerging arts market that buyers hope will be buoyed by the recent nuclear deal with world powers.
 
An Argentine court jailed 15 South American ex-military officers Friday for conspiring to torture and kill leftist dissidents during a U.S.-backed crackdown by the region's dictatorships in the 1970s and '80s.
 
The aunt of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un lives anonymously in the United States, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday.
 
The Italian navy has recovered the bodies of 45 migrants who drowned Friday in the latest shipwreck, while dozens of others are still missing in the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days.
 
Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video that has horrified the country.
 
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply disappointed by a U.N. decision to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) special status at the world body, his spokesman said Friday.
 
A U.S. judge sentenced a Vietnamese-born graphic designer who plotted to carry out a suicide attack at London's Heathrow airport after training with al-Qaida in Yemen to 40 years in prison on Friday.
 
The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations is closing its offices in the British territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar, it tweeted Friday.
 
More than 80 percent of basic consumer products including food and medicine are now in short supply in Venezuela, a poll says. Stores are facing greater shortages than households, president of pollster Datanalisis Luis Vicente Leon said Friday.
 
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