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Police photographer exposes the truth on Syrian torture

Graphic images of the brutal conflict in Syria were displayed before US lawmakers on Thursday as an army defector gave an eyewitness account of the horrors he was forced to photograph.

Father beats infant, posts photos on FB 'for fun'

A French father who posted a photo of his one-month-old infant showing injuries on Facebook revealed that he had hit the child because he could not stand the baby's cries and had shared the photo on Facebook 'for fun'.

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Sierra Leone declares emergency, Ebola toll hits 729

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll hit 729 in West Africa.

Taiwan: Powerful gas blasts kill 25, injure 267

A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 25 people and injured up to 267 Friday in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads as terrified residents fled an inferno.

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.

Sierra Leone cyclist tested for Ebola at Commonwealth Games

Sierra Leone cyclist Moses Sesay was quarantined and tested for Ebola at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being given the all-clear, the athlete has told a British newspaper.

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.

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


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.
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