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Fifty-three blindfolded bodies found in Iraq

Iraq militants
Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country's Sunni provinces.

Father kills 4 children in Texas attack: Officials

Texas shooting
A father opened fire at a suburban Houston home, killing four of his children as well as two adults who were with them and critically wounding his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said.

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Hamas will pay heavy price, says Israel

Hamas-ruled Gaza witnessed its bloodiest day since November, 2012 as Israel’s military said it targeted 118 concealed rocket launchers, 10 Hamas command-and-control centres and 10 tunnels, overnight injuring nearly 300.

Japan: Flooding as Typhoon batters mainland

Typhoon Neoguri

Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland on Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.

Tibetan activist faces house arrest for getting invited to John Kerry dinner in Beijing

Tibet

A well-known Tibetan author and activist said Wednesday that she and her husband have been put under house arrested for being invited to a dinner where visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry was expected to be the chief guest.

Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia: lawyer

Edward Snowden
Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send him home to face criminal charges, including espionage, for disclosing secret US Internet and telephone surveillance programmes.

US: Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for passengers aboard

pizza
While Frontier Airlines flight waited for bad weather to clear, the pilot of the plane called for 35 pizzas to feed all the passengers aboard. The plane, which was already hours behind schedule, sat on the ground at the small airport for about two hours.

Germany probing second case of alleged US spying

National Security Agency
German authorities said police had searched the Berlin-area home and office of a man who, local media reported, is a German military employee accused of passing secrets to the United States.

Israel air strikes kill 20 on 3rd day of Gaza campaign

Gaza City

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 20 people on Thursday including four women and four children, medics said, on the third day of a widening military operation.

US teen accused of sexting minor may have to pose for police with erection

Sexting
A US teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors in Virginia told a judge they need photos of the 17-year-old's erect penis to compare against the evidence.

Russia launches first new space rocket since Soviet era

MAKS 2009 International Aerospace Show

Russia launched its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era from the northern military space port of Plesetsk on Wednesday, aiming to break its reliance on foreign suppliers as well as the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

50 bodies found in Iraq, raising sectarian worries

Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.

BBC to launch online Thai news service after coup

Abhisit Vejjajiva

The BBC said Wednesday it will launch a new social media service in Thailand to offer people another source of information at a time when the junta has imposed widespread censorship over domestic media.

Syria air raids kill 20 Islamic State jihadists: monitor

Free Syrian Army fighters

Twenty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in Syrian air force raids on Wednesday against the jihadists' bastion in Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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