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Dozens placed in quarantine after China plague death

<b>Part of a city in north-west China has been sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.</b><p>The man died in Yumen city, Gansu province, on 16 July.<p>A total of 151 people have been placed under observation, Xinhua news agency says. Authorities …

Sierra Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

<b>The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency has said.</b><p>Sheik Umar Khan tested positive and has been admitted to hospital in Kailahun, the epicentre of the outbreak.<p>More than 630 people have died of Ebola in the …

Disease

Iraq Kurdistan independence referendum planned

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Middle East

Ukraine crisis: Russia condemns attack on Kiev embassy

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1084000/1084758_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1535127064_53a8e7625651b0e986721cf140590c93<p><b>Russia has reacted angrily to a violent protest outside its embassy in Ukraine, which saw windows smashed, the Russian flag torn down and cars</b> …

Russia

Iraq conflict: Images purport to show 'massacre' by militants

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Ukrainian troops regain port city of Mariupol

Ukrainian forces have reclaimed the port city of Mariupol after heavy fighting with pro-Russian separatists.<p>The government said there had been many casualties after an operation to expel separatists in the city began at dawn on Friday.<p>The advances appear to be significant victories for the …

Human Tide of Children Sweeps Across U.S. Borders

Latino<p>As he parried questions from senators Wednesday about the flood of children flowing into the U.S. from Central America, the secretary of homeland security reminded Americans that the surge is more than just a political crisis — it's also a humanitarian crisis.<p>So many children are flowing …

Japan blasts Chinese bid for U.N. recognition of Nanjing massacre

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan protested to China on Wednesday after Beijing applied for the inclusion of the 1937 Nanjing massacre and the “comfort women” forced to work in wartime military brothels in a UNESCO program, the latest flare-up of tensions in relations.<p>A man stands as pigeons fly during a …

Hillary Clinton's 'dead broke' claim

<b>Politicians often attempt to show that they understand the economic struggles of the average person by comparing their personal experiences with those of the people whose votes they are seeking.</b><p>Abraham Lincoln's story of being born in a log cabin is but one classic example of the practice.<p>Bill "Man …

Iraq crisis: Islamists force 500,000 to flee Mosul

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Computer AI passes Turing test in 'world first'

<b>A computer program called Eugene Goostman, which simulates a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, is said to have passed the Turing test at an event organised by the University of Reading.</b><p>The test investigates whether people can detect if they are talking to machines or humans.<p>The experiment is based on Alan …

Militants seize Iraq's second city of Mosul

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Why is EU torn over Juncker bid for top Commission post?

<b>EU leaders are trying to decide who could best lead the European Commission. It is the most powerful job in Brussels, shaping EU policy in key areas such as economic reform, immigration and ties with other global powers.</b><p>The spotlight is on former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker - the …

Europe

Angela Merkel still backing Juncker for EU top job

Germany's Angela Merkel has restated her support for Jean-Claude Juncker to take over as president of the European Commission, at a mini-summit in Sweden.<p>The chancellor said that while she was "happy" to say she wanted Mr Juncker for the top job, it was not "the main topic" of the two-day …

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The Obama administration deserves much of the blame for the failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.<p>It had originally been hoped that the United States would present a binding framework along the lines of what moderate Israeli and Palestinian political leaders had agreed to …

Mob sex assaults on women overshadow Egyptian inauguration

Uniformed Egyptian police pull a woman in nothing but her underclothes from a frenzied mob.<p>"Get back boy! Get back!" the officers say as one lifts his pistol into the air.<p>Large patches of skin on the victim appear bloodied and raw as she struggles to walk toward a police van with hordes of men …

Ukraine must correct its chaotic response

A heavy-handed military operation is alienating the very people Kiev should be winning over<p>The yellow and blue stripes of Ukraine’s national flag are designed to symbolise a happy union between golden fields and the summer sky. At the moment, the sweeping plains of Donetsk do indeed resemble this …

Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body

<b>A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.</b><p>The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week.<p>Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results …

Ukraine's Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan

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Bulgaria halts work on gas pipeline after US talks

<b>Bulgaria is to halt work on its Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline following criticism from the EU and US.</b><p>Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski announced that he had "ordered all work to be stopped".<p>"We will decide on further developments following consultations with Brussels," he said after …

The Ukrainians who are nostalgic for their Soviet past

<b>The crisis in Ukraine has prompted people to reflect on the historic ties between Kiev and Moscow and left some with a feeling of nostalgia for the Soviet era.</b><p>At the headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, the minister for information tells me about his holiday. "I've just …

Jean-Claude Juncker: everyone loses as Europe struggles to fix a fiasco

Around the corner from Belgium's royal palace, Number 17 Rue Ducale is a splendid 19th-century Brussels mansion, if a bit bombastic. Recently refurbished, the roomy palais is the official residence of Ivan Rogers, David Cameron's former summit sherpa and, since November, Britain's ambassador to the …

Sword Fights Break Out In A Clash At India's Golden Temple

A commemoration of a military raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, went awry Friday, as rival groups of Sikhs clashed at the shrine. Ceremonial swords and staffs were swung in anger, resulting in injuries and panic.<p>The violence broke out after a group of "radical Sikh activists" wanted to …

Vodafone reveals direct government wiretaps

<b>Vodafone has said that a small number of governments have direct access to communications flowing over its networks.</b><p>Most countries Vodafone operates in need a warrant to intercept communications, the firm said.<p>However, in some countries police have a direct link to customer's phone calls and web …

Russian propaganda machine 'worse than Soviet Union'

<b>As the West threatens further sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, critics are warning the message being pumped out by nationalist Russian media is reminiscent of the propaganda produced in the Soviet Union.</b><p>Moscow was in the midst of a heat wave when I arrived. The heady scent of lilac on the …

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U.S. to beef up Black Sea presence after Crimea crisis: Hagel

CONSTANTA Romania (Reuters) - The United States will strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region using part of a $1 billion fund promised to NATO allies on Russia’s borders, and will continue to send warships to the area, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Romania on Thursday.<p>U.S. Defense …

Left out of G7 summit, Putin wishes world leaders "bon appetit"

ST PETERSBURG Russia (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin, shut out of a G7 summit over Russia’s role in Ukraine, parried the snub on Thursday with a terse message for world leaders who lunched without him in Brussels on Thursday: “Bon appetit”.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a …