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Over 1000 firefighters battle California wildfires

Over 1000 firefighters battle California wildfires

A jet drops retardant on the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California.

Fiji heads to polls and democracy

Fiji will head to the polls today for its first election since a military coup in 2006 -- and the world is watching to see if it will mark the end of the dictatorship.

Disease threatens thousands as floodwaters stagnate

Disease threatens thousands as floodwaters stagnate

Indian emergency workers are battling to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading as fetid water swills around the Kashmir valley more than a week after the worst flooding in more than a century.

Fresh shelling puts Ukraine ceasefire under strain

Fresh shelling puts Ukraine ceasefire under strain

Fighting broke out again in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to unveil a risky plan to give the separatist-minded east "special status" in a bid to end a conflict that has killed over 3,000 people.

UN Golan peacekeepers pull back amid tension

UN Golan peacekeepers pull back amid tension

U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region.

Iran spurns US overture to fight Islamic State

Iran spurns US overture to fight Islamic State

Iran's supreme leader said he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.

Cameron warns Scots breakaway vote 'irreversible'

Cameron warns Scots breakaway vote 'irreversible'

British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexican resorts

Hurricane Odile slams Mexican resorts

Hurricane Odile whipped through the popular beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, uprooting trees, downing power lines and forcing thousands of tourists to take cover in emergency shelters.

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