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Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Dengue fever victim
Japanese health officials said on Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years.

S Korea ferry victim's father ends 45-day hunger strike

The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster on Thursday abandoned a hunger strike aimed at forcing lawmakers to set up a full independent inquiry.

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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role


Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? He was barreling toward strikes last summer when he announced he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers.

US journo's mother pleads with IS for son's release

Shirley Sotloff
Shirley Sotloff's plea came as a UN commission accused IS of committing crimes against humanity and US President Barack Obama weighs options for targeting the extremists' stronghold in Syria.

In Aleppo, Syria rebels back US strikes on jihadists

Palestinian residents Gaza
In Syria's Aleppo, devastated by two years of fighting and regime attacks, rebels and activists are eager for US strikes against jihadists they say have stolen their anti-government uprising.

Ebola-hit nations isolated as airlines stop flights

Ebola virus
The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Imran rejects talks again as Nawaz remains defiant

Imran Khan on Pakistan-US relation
Imran Khan on Wednesday called off talks with the Nawaz Sharif government, once again, and also announced that he would continue his sit-in in front of parliament house till Sharif tendered his resignation. 'We will not go away. We will not leave this place,' he said.

‘Executions a common spectacle in ISIS-held Syria’

Kashmiri protesters shout slogans to  protest  Israeli military operations in Gaza
Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

Thai court drops murder charge against ex-PM Abhisit

A Thai court on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody crackdown on opposition protests in 2010.

MH370 may have turned south 'earlier' than thought: Australia

Malaysia Airline MH370
Australia said on Thursday the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after new information suggested it 'may have turned south' earlier than thought.

6 dead, 21 missing in landslide in southwest China

China landslide
The official Xinhua News Agency said 77 houses collapsed or were buried in the Wednesday night landslide in the village of Yingping in Guizhou province. Xinhua says another 21 people were injured in the landslide.

Researchers claim to have solved the  ‘sheepdog mystery’

A Kashmiri villager taking his meal as a dog and a herd of sheep rest near him on the outskirts of Srinagar
There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The unresolved identity of Jack the Ripper. The enigma of how the universe developed beyond a quark-gluon soup following the Big Bang. And then there is the sheepdog mystery.

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

E bola 6
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said on Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

Pakistan: Imran's party lawmakers resign from Punjab assembly

Imran Khan

Stepping up pressure on the Nawaz Sharif government, lawmakers of Imran Khan's party in the Punjab province assembly resigned on Wednesday.

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