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$1m bike race 'could change your life, or end it'

$1m bike race 'could change your life, or end it'

Mountain bikers tempted by the $1 million in prize money up for grabs in a new South African endurance race are given a warning before they sign up: "This could change your life, or end it".

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.

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.

34 killed in beach concert stampede

34 killed in beach concert stampede

At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources say.

Russia battles back over sanctions

Russia battles back over sanctions

Russia has fought back over new US and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine even as G7 leaders warned of further steps, while Ukraine's government accused pro-Russian rebels of placing land mines near the site of a crashed Malaysian airliner to prevent a proper investigation.

Suicide bomber kills six in Nigeria

Suicide bomber kills six in Nigeria

A suicide bomber blew herself up at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, killing six people in the fourth such attack there in less than a week, the government said.

Carnage at UN school as Israel pounds Gaza

Carnage at UN school as Israel pounds Gaza

Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a UN-run school and another 17 near a street market, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.

'Sesame Street' cracks down on Times Square Elmo

'Sesame Street' cracks down on Times Square Elmo

Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV's "Sesame Street," but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show's producers.

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