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Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Beer packaging has just gotten a lot bigger in Texas, where a small brewery is launching a 99-pack of its "Peacemaker" ale.

Putin: Up to Ukraine to clinch ceasefire

Putin: Up to Ukraine to clinch ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko had discussed the need for a swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine, but it was up to Kiev to work out conditions for a ceasefire with separatist rebels.

Gaza ceasefire takes effect as Palestinians celebrate

Gaza ceasefire takes effect as Palestinians celebrate

A ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect on Tuesday and joyous Palestinians streamed into the streets of the battered enclave to celebrate.

Obama: Rooting out IS won't be easy

Obama: Rooting out IS won't be easy

President Barack Obama vowed to go after the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley and said rooting out the militant group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

Ukraine: Detained Russian soldiers on 'special mission'

Ukraine: Detained Russian soldiers on 'special mission'

Ukraine said its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a "special mission" - but Moscow said they had ended up there by mistake.

Bangladesh floods leave thousands homeless

Bangladesh floods leave thousands homeless

Heavy flooding across Bangladesh has forced thousands of people from their homes and caused severe damage to crops, with officials warning the situation could worsen as floodwaters poured into the capital, Dhaka.

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