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Volcano erupts on Japanese island

Volcano erupts on Japanese island

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima has erupted suddenly, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island's evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights.

US plea to rescue vulnerable migrants

US plea to rescue vulnerable migrants

The United States says thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as countries gathered in Bangkok to discuss the regional crisis.

Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods

Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods

Hundreds of people have fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks as the US state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.

Britain takes hard line on EU reform

Britain takes hard line on  EU reform

Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain's relationship with the European Union was "not good enough" after his foreign minister warned the bloc had to change its founding treaties and give London a meaty reform deal to keep it as a member.

Harrowing portrait of Syria war

Harrowing portrait of Syria war

The United Nations' outgoing humanitarian chief has painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, and urged the Security Council to take collective action to put an end to the carnage.

No leave for India's doctors as heat wave kills 1300

No leave for India's doctors as heat wave kills 1300

A heat wave in India has killed at least 1371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47degC and doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick.

Anthrax sent to US labs for over a year

Anthrax sent to US labs for over a year

Two US Army facilities mistakenly shipped suspected live anthrax samples to labs in nine states for over a year, a US official says.

Scientists uncover prehistoric murder mystery

This 430,000-year-old case may be the world's oldest murder mystery.

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