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Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 24, injure 271

Taiwan
At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said on Friday, as a search for the cause began.

Ebola-hit W Africa launches emergency battle plan

Ebola virus
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world's worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus ahead of a special regional summit on Friday to launch an emergency response plan.

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China court hears first gay ‘conversion therapy’ case

China Gay
A Beijing court on Thursday heard a landmark case on 'gay conversion' treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. 'Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!' chanted supporters.

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia

Malaysia, boat sinking
A boat carrying Indonesian villagers to their hometown to celebrate the end of Ramadan sank on Thursday after hitting a stump in a river, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing, an official said.

Sierra Leone prez declares emergency over Ebola

Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.

More than 100 killed in shelling of Gaza school

Abid Raboh
The United States and United Nations condemned the school shelling and Hamas said it fired rockets into Israel in retaliation for both attacks. At least 200 people were wounded in the strike, medics said.

Pakistan: 19 drown, 4 missing in the rough seas off Karachi

floods
Atleast 19 bathers drowned and four are still missing in the the rought seas of Karachi on Thursday, defying a ban on swimming during monsoon season.

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash

Knife
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.

Drug-resistant malaria rampant in Southeast Asia

Dengue in Delhi

Resistance to the world’s most effective anti-malarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread across mainland Southeast Asia, including India’s neighbourhood in Myanmar, seriously threatening global malaria control and elimination.

US House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

Obama

The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.

Gaza toll hits 1361 as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm.

Israel calls up reserves to boost Gaza operations

Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists on Thursday to bolster its forces waging military operations in the Gaza Strip that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in a day.

Phone hacking trial: NOTW’s 2 senior editors charged

News of the World

Two senior editors on the now defunct News of the World were on Wednesday charged with conspiracy to hack phones between January 2003 and January 2007 with convicted former editor Andy Coulson and others at the tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Ebola discoverer says 'would happily sit next to infected person on train'

Peter Piot
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.
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