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Seven dead in Taiwan earthquake

Seven dead in Taiwan earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan killing at least seven people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with about 35 people still feared trapped there hours into a rescue operation.

Volcano erupts in Japan

Volcano erupts in Japan

A Japanese volcano about 50km from a nuclear plant has erupted, shooting ash nearly 2km into the night sky along with fountains of lava.

Three missing, 87 rescued after S.Africa mine collapse

Three missing, 87 rescued after S.Africa mine collapse

 Almost 90 miners were rescued and three other workers were missing after a cave-in at a gold mine in the northeast of South Africa on Friday, mine owner Vantage Goldfields said.

Assange seeks freedom after UN report

Assange seeks freedom after UN report

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on Britain and Sweden to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation.

FGM more widespread than thought - UNICEF

More than 200 million girls and women globally have suffered genital mutilation, far higher than previously estimated, highlighting the need to accelerate efforts to eradicate the practice, the United Nations said today.

Zika infection from blood transfusions

Zika infection from blood transfusions

Brazilian health officials have confirmed two cases of transmission of Zika through transfusions of blood from donors who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas.

UN panel supports Assange

UN panel supports Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been subject to 'arbitrary detention' during the years he has spent in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden, a UN panel is to rule.

Billions pledged for Syria as thousands flee

Billions pledged for Syria as thousands flee

Donor nations have pledged to give $US11 billion in aid to Syrians as world leaders tried to tackle the world's worst humanitarian crisis, while Turkey reported a new exodus of tens of thousands fleeing air strikes.

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