Asia-Pacific

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Japan launches new spy satellite

Japan's aerospace agency says it has successfully launched a back-up spy satellite, after delaying the launch due to bad weather.
A march through the streets of Hong Kong returns the focus on the city's pro-democracy movement.
A Cambodian prosecutor says three French tourists arrested after a nude photo incident will be deported.
US officials say the insider killings of three US contractors at Kabul airport is a reminder of how dangerous Afghanistan remains.
A bomb blast at a Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan has killed over 60 people, officials say.
Korean Air chief Cho Yang-Ho has appeared in court and apologised for his daughter who caused a now notorious "nut rage" incident on a taxiing plane.
Nepalese law prohibits marriage before age 18, but the practice remains common in the poor, predominantly Hindu communities along the border with northern India.
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Middle-East

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An online video posted by the Islamic State group apparently depicts the beheading of the second Japanese hostage in a week, journalist Kenji Goto.
The head of the powerful Aniza tribe in Iraq, Sheik Lawrence al-Hathal, has been killed in a suicide bombing southwest of Baghdad, police say.

US strike kills IS weapons expert

US military officials say an air strike in Iraq has killed a chemical weapons specialist linked to Saddam Hussein.
A powerful bomb has torn through a busy Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two...
France has surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam, the ideological leader of Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula says.
Negotiations with IS for the release of a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked" according to Japan's deputy foreign minister.
A blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes for insulting Islam has had his punishment postponed by Saudi authorities for a third week in a row, his wife says.
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Europe

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A team of British scientists has found humans have fewer viral remnants in their genes than other mammals.
A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest university libraries is being called a major loss for science.
Greece's new government says privatisations will take place only when they create new jobs and generate economic growth.
Four people have been arrested in a nationwide swoop involving about 170 police in Belgium, and charged with participating in terrorist activities.
Police say a teen who stormed the studios of Dutch national TV demanding airtime says he acted alone and had no links to terror networks.
The Austrian government is developing a series of measures to counter radicalisation of young Muslims.  
Urban heatwaves are getting worse, a study of 650 cities confirms, with a "significant" increase in extremely hot days and falls in cold days.

Africa

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Dozens killed in Cameroon clashes

More than 120 Boko Haram militants have been killed in clashes with a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been elected to the African Union's one-year rotating chair.
The UN has announced it has arranged the release of more than 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan.
An attack on a Tripoli hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans, has been claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group.
The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called 'one of the largest ever demobilisations...
Citizens of the United States, France, South Korea and the Philippines were among nine people killed when gunmen attacked a hotel in the Libyan capital.
Nine people, including five foreigners, have died in an assault by gunmen on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital, with IS claiming responsibility.

North America

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'Father of the pill' dies

The US chemist known as the father of the birth control pill has died at his San Francisco home aged 91.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
Two pilots, who broke the record for travelling the longest distance in a hot-air balloon, have landed safely in Mexico.

Long-distance balloon record burst

The record for travelling the longest distance in a hot-air balloon has been broken by two pilots, from the US and Russia.
A group of scientists who believed they'd made a radical discovery about the origins of the universe have had to back away from their claims.
IBM has delivered boss Virginia Rometty a $US3.6 million ($A4.6 million) bonus even though the company's 2014 sales and profits are down.
Two balloonists are close to touchdown in Mexico after a record-breaking flight across the Pacific from Japan.

South America

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Chile has approved the country's first law authorising civil unions of gay and lesbian couples, giving them the same legal rights as unmarried couples.
Research in Brazil has discovered a protein in coffee with effects similar to morphine.
Ecuador President Rafael Correa says a website will alert subscribers when the government is being "defamed" by opponents online.
Argentina's president has claimed on Facebook that a prosecutor was killed to immerse her government in scandal.
A Costa Rican woman has managed to steal a TV under her skirt undetected.
Amazon tribesmen armed with spears, blowpipes and guns have briefly seized an oilfield run by Petrobell in Ecuador.
At least 158 people have been injured after two commuter trains collided in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state.