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Turkey shuts schools, charities

Turkey shuts schools, charities

President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup.

Munich gunman fixated on mass killing

Munich gunman fixated on mass killing

A German-Iranian teenager who shot dead nine people in Munich was a deranged lone gunman obsessed with mass killings who drew no inspiration from Islamist militancy, police say.

300 homes evacuated as US wildfire rages

About 300 homes were evacuated as a fast-moving wildfire burned through some 4550ha of parched land northwest of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department said.

IS claims Kabul attack

IS claims Kabul attack

Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.

Russian balloonist sets record

Russian balloonist sets record

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has landed safely in a field on a private property in West Australia after setting a world record for circumnavigating the world solo in a hot air balloon.

Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

Recent attacks on civilians in the US and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials say.

Millions evacuated as flooding hits China

Millions evacuated as flooding hits China

Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced 16 million from their homes, state media reported.

Clinton names running mate

Clinton names running mate

Hillary Clinton has named US Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, making a safe choice that will help her present the Democratic ticket as a steady alternative to the unpredictable campaign of Republican presidential rival Donald Trump.

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