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Dozens die in Ukraine street battles

A man reacts as he stands in front of a building damaged by, what locals say, was recent shelling by Ukrainian forces, in Donetsk. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Heavy shelling hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.

Have IS insurgents beheaded a journalist?

Have IS insurgents beheaded a journalist?

Islamic State insurgents have posted a video on purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq.

8 dead after Hiroshima landslides

8 dead after Hiroshima landslides

At least eight people have been killed in Japan when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima.

Racial unrest mounts in Missouri

Racial unrest mounts in Missouri

US lawmakers have called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.

China arrests 'nearly 1000' members of cult

China arrests 'nearly 1000' members of cult

Chinese authorities have arrested "nearly a thousand" members of a banned religious group, the latest in a series of official moves against a group that China has outlawed as an illegal cult.

West Africa Ebola toll passes 1200

West Africa Ebola toll passes 1200

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2240, including  1229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

Pakistan arrests 147 protest supporters in Punjab towns

Pakistan arrests 147 protest supporters in Punjab towns

As twin protests in Islamabad entered a fifth day, Pakistan police said they had arrested some 150 supporters of protest leaders overnight in Punjab province in a crackdown ahead of widening demonstrations in the capital.

Lucky country dominates 'liveable city' list

Lucky country dominates 'liveable city' list

Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city for the fourth year running.

Assange plans to leave embassy soon

Assange plans to leave embassy soon

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, says he plans to leave the building "soon", but Britain has signalled it will still arrest him if he tries.

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