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  • China power plant blast kills at least 21 on eve of Tianjin anniversary

    China power plant blast kills at least 21 on eve of Tianjin anniversary

    A blast at a power plant in central China killed at least 21 people and injured five yesterday, the eve of the first anniversary marking massive Tianjin explosions that have spurred government efforts to improve industrial safety. The power plant...

  • Pope lunches with Syrian refugees at the Vatican

    Pope lunches with Syrian refugees at the Vatican

    Pope Francis hosts lunch at the Vatican for two dozen Syrian refugees, many of whom came to Italy with him after his visit to their Greek refugee camp and who are now being supported by the Vatican as they settle into new lives in Rome. Mana...

  • French police arrest British man with 18 migrants in truck

    A British national driving a small truck with 18 migrants inside, five of them children, has been arrested near the northern French port city of Dunkirk. Police said the man was arrested for suspected smuggling. The truck, bearing a British number...

  • US government decides not to reclassify marijuana

    US government decides not to reclassify marijuana

    The US government has decided to keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalisation But officials will allow more research into its possible medical benefits, the Drug Enforcement...

  • Watch: Wildfires rage near France's Marseille

    Watch: Wildfires rage near France's Marseille

    A major firefighting operation is underway in southern France near the port city of Marseille where several firefighters have been injured battling blazes that have burnt over 8,000 acres. Mana Rabiee reports.

  • Vladimir Putin meets Russian security chiefs after Crimea attacks

    Vladimir Putin meets Russian security chiefs after Crimea attacks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a meeting of the country's top brass to discuss boosting security in Crimea after reports of foiled attacks. Intelligence chiefs said two people were killed fending off what they described as a series of...

  • Suspected gas attack causes deaths in embattled Aleppo

    Suspected gas attack causes deaths in embattled Aleppo

    A Syrian government airstrike on an opposition-held district in Aleppo has killed at least two people in what was alleged to have been a chlorine gas attack. The attack on the city's eastern Zabadieh neighbourhood saw at least four barrel bombs...

  • 21 dead in steam pipe explosion at Chinese power station

    A high-pressure steam pipe has exploded at a power station in central China, killing 21 people and injuring five others. The official newspaper of Hubei province said the blast occurred earlier today at the power plant in the city of Danyang. It...

  • More than 27,000 dismissed from Turkish education sector since failed coup

    Turkey has cancelled the work permits of 27,424 people working in the education sector as part of its investigations into the movement of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed military coup, Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said. "27,424...

  • Boy decapitated in Kansas waterslide accident

    Boy decapitated in Kansas waterslide accident

    A 10-year-old boy killed during a ride on the world's tallest waterslide was decapitated in the accident, a person familiar with the investigation has said. Authorities have yet to explain how Sunday's accident in which Caleb Schwab was killed on...

  • Australia blocks electricity network sale to Chinese bidders on security concerns

    Australia has blocked the A$10 billion sale of its biggest energy grid to State Grid Corp of China and Hong Kong's Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings citing security concerns, a blow to the country's privatisation plan. Nine months after...

  • Canada police kill suspect after receiving "terrorist threat" tip

    Canadian police killed a man after the police said they had identified a suspect after receiving "credible information of a potential terrorist threat". The suspect was killed during a police raid in a small Ontario town, CTV News and CBC News...

  • Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with nominee

    Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with nominee

    A 20-year-old Donald Trump supporter who scaled the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan for three hours using suction cups and a climbing harness was pulled inside through a window by police who had tried to coax him into the building. The man...

  • Two planes land safely at Brussels airport after bomb threats

    Two planes land safely at Brussels airport after bomb threats

    Updated Two aircraft landed safely at Brussels' Zaventem airport after receiving bomb threats, the Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported. State prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said his office had received information about possible bomb alerts and...

  • US-backed Libyan fighters take over IS headquarters in Sirte

    US-backed Libyan fighters say they have taken over the Islamic State group's headquarters in Sirte, the militants' final bastion in Libya. The fighters said they have seized control of the sprawling convention centre that was used as IS...

  • Former mobster boss arrested over murder of witness

    Former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme has been arrested in connection with the murder of a witness, Federal prosecutors say. Prosecutors did not immediately release further details about Salemme's arrest, but he is...

  • Russia accuses Ukraine of armed Crimea incursion, says two killed

    Russia accuses Ukraine of armed Crimea incursion, says two killed

    Russia's Federal Security Service said today it had thwarted two armed Ukrainian attempts to get saboteurs into Crimea and dismantled a Ukrainian spy network inside the annexed peninsula. The FSB accused Ukrainian special forces of planning to...

  • Woman killed in Florida police exercise

    Police in Florida say an officer accidentally shot and killed a woman during a citizens academy "shoot/don't shoot" exercise. Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis told news outlets that Mary Knowlton, a librarian, was taking part in a role-playing...

  • Eleven premature babies killed in Baghdad hospital fire

    Eleven premature babies killed in Baghdad hospital fire

    At least 11 prematurely born babies were killed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of today on a maternity ward in a Baghdad hospital and was probably caused by an electrical fault, the health ministry said. Seven other babies and 29...

  • Australia's census in chaos after cyber attack

    Australia's census in chaos after cyber attack

    Australia's first online census was shut down today after a cyber attack. The website was deliberately overloaded, authorities said, to stop the service from working. Australian Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack said data was never...