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Giraffe dies after hitting bridge

A South African animal rights group is planning to sue the people responsible for the death of a giraffe that smashed its head on a bridge as it was transported in a trailer on one of Africa's busiest motorways.

US sees opportunity in Gaza ceasefire

US sees opportunity in Gaza ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in their conflict in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

12 dead, scores injured in Taiwan gas blast

12 dead, scores injured in Taiwan gas blast

An explosion caused by a gas leak in Taiwan's second city killed 22 peeople, injured 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, a government agency said.

Ebola death toll passes 700

Ebola death toll passes 700

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.

Israel stands firm over tunnel destruction

Israel stands firm over tunnel destruction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, says he will not accept any ceasefire that stops Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.

Search on for India landslide dead

Search on for India landslide dead

Rescuers in India waded waist-deep through swirling sludge to dig their way into dozens of submerged homes and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village.

Ukraine premier stays on; crash site route agreed

Ukraine premier stays on; crash site route agreed

Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts.

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it says, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

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