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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; Putin remains defiant

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; Putin remains defiant

Ukraine has called for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.

Gun debate flares after girl shoots instructor

Gun debate flares after girl shoots instructor

County law enforcement officials in Arizona say no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident."

No military strategy yet for Islamic State - US

No military strategy yet for Islamic State - US

President Barack Obama says the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Mystery of moving rocks unravelled

Mystery of moving rocks unravelled

A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged today, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency says, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

Ukraine says Russian troops backing rebel thrust

Ukraine says Russian troops backing rebel thrust

Ukraine's president says Russian troops have entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

Army steps in over Pakistan political crisis

Army steps in over Pakistan political crisis

Pakistan's army has stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition, signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised the coup-prone nation.

Girl (9) accidentally kills gun instructor

Girl (9) accidentally kills gun instructor

An instructor at a shooting range in Arizona has died after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head with an Uzi he was showing her how to use, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office says.

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