Asia-Pacific

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China clash leaves nearly 100 dead

About 100 civilians and assailants have been killed and injured in an attack by a gang armed with knives and axes in Xinjiang in China.
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Authorities in India say the death toll from a major landslide is expected to rise above 150 after a remote village was covered as residents slept.
Chinese state media says a gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Xinjiang region, with dozens believed killed.
A New Zealand aerospace company, Rocket Lab, has developed a world-first rocket to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before.
A US audit has found Washington and Kabul failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan.
Students who survived the Korean ferry tragedy have started to give evidence in the trial of the ferry's captain, Lee Joon-Seok, and three crew.
The editor of New Zealand's biggest newspaper has apologised after mistakenly identifying a dead Jackass star as the Kiwi-born soldier killed in Israel.
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Middle-East

Latest articles belonging to Middle-East.

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A US State Department spokeswoman has hit out against a torrent of abuse directed at Secretary of State John Kerry by Israel.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Syrian regime of "asphyxiating" hundreds of thousands of its people and promised millions in aid.
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Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared Israel a terrorist state and renounced a visa exemption agreement over its actions in Gaza.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Israeli military was told 17 times that a UN school in Gaza was sheltering thousands of Palestinian families.
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The latest deadly Israeli raid on Gaza, on a packed market in the Shejaiya neighbourhood which killed 17 people, has sparked international condemnation.
Israeli troops have turned their attention to destroying a network of tunnels running from Gaza into southern Israel as their bloody conflict with Hamas militants...
Syrian rebels are now said to be just nine kilometres away from Hama airport, pressing their advance in the central province.
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Europe

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Bees spot best flowers from afar

Bees are able to link differences in pollen quality with floral features such as petal colour, helping them to pick the best nutrients, a study says.
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The RAAF is flying sorties every day from the Netherlands to Kharkiv in Ukraine to assist experts hoping to retrieve bodies from the MH17 crash site.
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Finance News Update, what you need to know
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NATO's top commander says the number of Russian special force units, air defence units, and artillery units are all increasing on the Ukraine border.
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Continued violence in east Ukraine will keep an international team, led by the Dutch, away from the site of downed flight MH17 for the "immediate future".
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a statement calling on all parties in Ukraine to stop fighting to allow investigators to the downed MH17 site.
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Russia defiant in face of sanctions

The Russian foreign ministry has warned Washington of "real losses" after the US and Brussels unveiled their toughest sanctions policy over Ukraine.

Africa

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Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents has grown with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning...
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Where does Ebola come from?

How eating bats, washing victims' bodies, and a lack of doctors are all contributing to the worst Ebola outbreak of all time.
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US volunteer agency Peace Corps has pulled out of west African countries amid the escalating Ebola epidemic.
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Liberia's schools and border-area markets been ordered closed as the country trues to stop the spread of the Ebola epidemic.
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Ten petitioners, including two Ugandan rights organisations, have gone to the constitutional court arguing anti-gay laws were not passed correctly.
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Nurse kidnapped and raped in Libya

A Filipina nurse was seized by unknown gunmen on her way to work in Tripoli, and was raped before being released several hours later.
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Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial have handed a summary of their arguments to the judge as it moves into its final stages.

North America

Latest articles belonging to North America.

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US House votes to sue Obama

The Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to sue President Barack Obama for circumventing congress to change laws, a first-of-its-kind lawsuit.
Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognising app Cortana in an update to Windows Phone 8.1.
A $1000 pill is now the treatment of choice for hepatitis C sufferers in the US, but experts question its high cost.
Aviation officials have called for countries to disseminate more accurate data on threats in their airspace and the control of anti-aircraft weapons.
I recently spoke Russian for multiple days for the first time in more than a decade. It did not go smoothly.
Theodore VanKirk, the last crew member of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII, has died aged 93.
President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia's energy sector, arms industry and...

South America

Latest articles belonging to South America.

Three girls, aged between four and 13, have escaped from an Argentina house where they were held captive and abused for about a year.
The BRICS group of emerging powers have launched a $50 billion development bank to be based in Shanghai and a $100 billion crisis contingency fund, according to a...
The BRICS are set to create a development bank to fund infrastructure projects and a reserve fund to fend off currency and balance of payments crises.
Bolivia is facing an environmental emergency after a dam burst in a mining town, sparking fears of pollutants spilling into the Pilcomayo river.

New landslide at Honduras mine

A fresh landslide at the Honduras mine where eight men are trapped has once again blocked the entrance, hampering rescue efforts.
Thirty-three Cuban refugees were suffering from dehydration when they were found on a raft off the coast of Honduras by fishermen.
Argentine paleontologists are searching for a sauropod skull to match the remains of an 80-tonne giant recently discovered.