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Top News: World

Britain warns of Ebola virus threat

London - The Ebola outbreak in west Africa poses a "very serious threat" to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday, as England's public health authority warned the virus was out of control.
In the Media by AFP

UPDATED: Massive mudslide kills 15, dozens buried under debris

Pune - At least 15 people are believed to have been killed and dozens are thought to be buried under mud and debris after torrential rainfall causes a massive mudslide.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Gaza 'genocide' denounced by Spanish film industry

Gaza - 100 Spanish film professionals, including the husband and wife team, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, have published an open letter denouncing what they term the "genocide" happening in the Gaza Strip.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

European ransoms now Al-Qaeda's major funding: NYTimes

Washington - Al-Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least $125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, the New York Times reported.
In the Media by AFP

'Slaves' in the Gulf: Malagasy women lured to Middle East

Antananarivo - Malagasy mother Solange left the island in 2013 eager to work as a domestic servant in Saudi Arabia and earn a better living for her family.
In the Media by Gaëlle Borgia (AFP) - 1 comment

Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb

Khan Yunis - Doctors in Gaza have performed an emergency Caesarian section on a young Palestinian woman killed in an Israeli shelling attack on Friday, saving her unborn baby.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash

Beijing - A clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group said Wednesday after what authorities called a "terror attack" on a police station and township.
In the Media by Kelly Olsen (AFP)

India jails 10 over 2004 school fire that killed 94 children

New Delhi - A court in India on Wednesday sentenced a headmistress and nine others to jail over a school fire that killed 94 children a decade ago, in the first convictions surrounding the tragedy.
In the Media by AFP

Spanish PM, Catalan leader discuss independence referendum

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held talks Wednesday with the head of Spain's economically powerful region of Catalonia amid a bitter dispute over its plans to hold an independence referendum in November.
In the Media by Daniel Silva (AFP)

Israel approves new Gaza ceasefire as UN rages over school strike

Gaza - Israel agreed on Wednesday to observe a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency.
In the Media by Adel Zaanoun (AFP)

Suspected Jewish Museum gunman charged with terrorist-linked murder

Brussels - A Frenchman suspected of carrying out a fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels was charged Wednesday with "murder in a terrorist context", the Belgian prosecutor's office said.
In the Media by AFP

Owner fit to be tied as Spain's first bondage hotel turned down

Spain almost had its very own bondage-themed hotel, complete with a huge dungeon and all the latest toys, but the opening has been stopped by local village authorities.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

N. Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think-tank

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think-tank said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Iran calls on Muslims worldwide to arm Gaza

Tehran - On Tuesday, during his Eid al-Fitr address, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spent most of his time talking about the Israel-Gaza conflict, condemning Israel while calling the attacks on Gaza "genocide."
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Louvre Museum gardens plagued by rat infestation

Paris - The beautiful gardens leading to the world-famous Louvre Museum have recently been attracting more and more rats. Garbage and food items left behind by tourists have been largely blamed for the problem.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald - 1 comment

Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as Tripoli fire rages

Tripoli - Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport.
In the Media by Imed Lamloum (AFP)

Fresh Israeli strikes kill two children ahead of truce talks

Gaza - Fresh Israeli bombardments rocked Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday, killing two children, as Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.
In the Media by Sakher Abou El Oun and John Davison (AFP)

At least 24 dead in Guinea rap concert stampede

Conakry - At least 24 people died and dozens more were hurt in a stampede at a rap concert on a beach in the Guinean capital Conakry, prompting a week of national mourning.
In the Media by AFP

After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

Kiev - When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure.
In the Media by Oleksandr Savochenko (AFP)
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