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Multi-vehicle crash in Egypt kills 16

At least 16 people have been killed, including some military conscripts, in a multi-vehicle crash south of Cairo.

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 gets life sentence

'Silk Road' creator gets life sentence

The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website has been sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Evacuations near swollen Texas rivers

Evacuations near swollen Texas rivers

Rivers in Texas have flooded their banks after historic storms had pounded the state for more than a week, with the severe weather leaving at least 21 people dead, damaging more than 4000 structures and prompting widespread evacuations.

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.

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