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Fist bumps healthier than handshakes

Fist bumps healthier than handshakes

Ditching handshakes in favour of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a new study.

Lightning strikes LA beachgoers

Lightning strikes LA beachgoers

One man died and at least eight people were injured in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials say.

Fighting stalls MH17 inquiry

Fighting stalls MH17 inquiry

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed has further complicated an investigation as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

Costa Concordia ends final voyage

Costa Concordia ends final voyage

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two and a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

Fighting abates but truce hopes look fragile

Fighting abates but truce hopes look fragile

Fighting has subsided in Gaza after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel.

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire by 24 hours

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire by 24 hours

Israel's security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire that started early on Saturday until midnight (local time) on Sunday, an Israeli government official said.

Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east

Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign mercenaries", hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels out of several towns and cities.

US pulls embassy staff from Libya

US pulls embassy staff from Libya

The United States has evacuated its embassy in Libya, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia because of escalating clashes between rival militias in Tripoli.

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