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Phoenix cops prepare for 'Draw Mohammad protest

Arizona police stepped up security on Friday near a mosque for a planned outdoor protest by an anti-Islam group that includes drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

Live anthrax found in US military shipment to Australia

Live anthrax found in US military shipment to Australia

An investigation of a US military facility's mistaken shipments of live anthrax bacteria has turned up another live sample, this one from a 2008 batch sent to Australia, a US defence official said.

'Silk Road' creator faces sentencing

'Silk Road' creator faces sentencing

The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

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.

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