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Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors -- seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic "The Revenant", three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood's annual awards season. The 52-year-old has already scooped the Golden Globe for best director for "The Revenant", about 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass, played by another Oscar hopeful, Leonardo DiCaprio.
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday painstaking pulled out more survivors from the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan, which killed at least 24 people, as families anxiously waited on site.
North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test for a weapons delivery system to strike the US mainland. The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, amounted to the North doubling down against an international community already struggling to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test a month ago. In a special state TV broadcast, a female North Korean announcer, wearing a traditional Korean hanbok dress, hailed the "epochal" launch, personally ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un.