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Rain thwarts search for landslide victims

Rain thwarts search for landslide victims

Heavy rain is delaying a search for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians round on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

US military 'tried to free journalist'

US military 'tried to free journalist'

The US military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a US official says, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives.

Dozens die in Ukraine street battles

Dozens die in Ukraine street battles

Heavy shelling hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.

Attorney General arrives in Ferguson

Attorney General arrives in Ferguson

US Attorney General Eric Holder has visited Ferguson, Missouri, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Police fire to disperse Ebola protest

Police fire to disperse Ebola protest

Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and teargas to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1350.

Have IS insurgents beheaded a journalist?

Have IS insurgents beheaded a journalist?

Islamic State insurgents have posted a video on purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq.

8 dead after Hiroshima landslides

8 dead after Hiroshima landslides

At least eight people have been killed in Japan when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima.

Racial unrest mounts in Missouri

Racial unrest mounts in Missouri

US lawmakers have called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.

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