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'Typography of the giant'

'Typography of the giant'

Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez have unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive - a font for typing in "El Comandante's" handwriting style.

Black box 'shows jet downed by shrapnel'

Black box 'shows jet downed by shrapnel'

Analysis of the black box flight recorders from a downed Malaysian airliner show it was destroyed by shrapnel coming from a rocket blast and went down because of "massive explosive decompression", a Ukrainian security official says.

Fugitive killed in NYC shootout

Fugitive killed in NYC shootout

A suspected child molester from the San Diego area who had been a fugitive for two years has been killed in a shootout in New York City that also left three law enforcement officials wounded, officials said.

US, Europe to issue new sanctions on Russia

US, Europe to issue new sanctions on Russia

US President Barack Obama and European leaders, in a show of solidarity, have agreed to impose a wider set of sanctions against Russia's financial, defence and energy sectors in the wake of the shootdown of a passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, a top Obama aide says.

Fist bumps healthier than handshakes

Fist bumps healthier than handshakes

Ditching handshakes in favour of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a new study.

Israel warns of long Gaza war

Israel warns of long Gaza war

A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.

Lightning strikes LA beachgoers

Lightning strikes LA beachgoers

One man died and at least eight people were injured in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials say.

Fighting stalls MH17 inquiry

Fighting stalls MH17 inquiry

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed has further complicated an investigation as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

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