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Passenger jet disappears over desert

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French warplanes and UN helicopters have been scouring the north of Mali for the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed carrying 110 passengers, nearly half of them French, from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

Man arrested after castrations in Chinese nursing home

Man arrested after castrations in Chinese nursing home

Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said, in the latest scandal to hit the country's medical sector.

Taiwan launches inquiry into plane crash

Taiwan launches inquiry into plane crash

Taiwan authorities have launched an investigation into the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane in which 48 people were killed with the weather expected to be a factor in the inquiry.

Suicide bombers kill 82 in Nigeria

Suicide bombers kill 82 in Nigeria

At least 82 people have been killedin two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer.

UN launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

UN launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

The United Nations has launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Ukraine rebel leader acknowledges fighters had BUK missiles

Ukraine rebel leader acknowledges fighters had BUK missiles

A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.

47 killed in Taiwan plane crash

47 killed in Taiwan plane crash

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire.

MH17: Plane probably shot down 'by mistake'

MH17: Plane probably shot down 'by mistake'

The US government believes pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realising it was a civilian passenger flight.

Indonesian president-elect calls for unity after election

Indonesian president-elect calls for unity after election

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world's third largest democracy.

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