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Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

A scene at a landslide site
The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

Autism
People with autism have too many synapses - the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals - according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder.

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Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid

Gaza

Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.

How can the US crush IS jihadists?

James Foley
US President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

Martellus Bennett
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word 'Redskins' when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans.

Pak anti-govt protests continue amidst deadlock

Pakistan march
The anti-government protests in Pakistan entered the ninth day on Friday amidst serious differences between the negotiators and the protest leaders, who are demanding nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as a pre-condition for talks.

Russian aid trucks move in, Ukraine cries invasion

Crimea, Ukraine, Army
Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Hamas kills 18 'spies' as Israeli strikes continue

Palestine execution
Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies on Friday in response to Israel's deadly air strikes against three top Hamas military commanders. In Israel, a four-year-old boy was killed when a mortar shell hit two cars.

Cholera kills at least 67 since June in Ghana

cholera epidemic
Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

US: Cop brands Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

Ferguson protest
A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Rocket explodes during US test flight; no injuries

SpaceX Falcon 9
McGregor, Texas (AP) - An unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructed shortly after launching on a test flight at a Texas development site, the company said on Friday. Nobody was injured.

Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks

Bushehr nuclear power station
Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme.

Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

Anti-Gaddafi fighters
An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty on Friday said it highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness.

Monkey doesn't own his selfie: US regulator over Wikipedia row

Monkey selfie
A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has caused a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie.
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