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July 31, 2014 18:06
A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1, 2014. (AFP Photo / Stringer)
24 dead, over 270 injured as multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan city
Several blasts have ripped through Kaohsiung, a city in south-western Taiwan, killing at least 24, injuring over 270 and overturning the cars in the street, the Fire Agency said. The cause is thought to be gas leaks in the sewage system. 62
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Reuters / Francois Lenoir) Russia rebuffs NATO over nuclear missile treaty
The Russian Foreign Ministry has sharply criticized NATO’s Secretary General for intervening in the row over the INF nuclear missile treaty, pointing out that NATO was not a signatory, but that the alliance’s member states could always join. 202
Members of Ansar al-Sharia (Reuters / Stringer) Libya’s Islamic militants ‘seize’ Benghazi, declare it ‘emirate’
The Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has declared Benghazi an ‘Islamic Emirate’ after claiming to have taken total control of Libya's second largest city, seizing military barracks with rockets and ammunition. 50
A man inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 22, 2014 (Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev) Dutch, Australian experts reach MH17 crash site for 1st time
Dutch and Australian forensic teams have reached the Malaysian Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine for the first time, accompanied by OSCE monitors, after almost a week of trying to access the scene. 427
Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014 (Reuters / Umaru Fofana) Fears of global spread of Ebola virus as death toll hits 729
Scientists in Australia and New Zealand warn that the vaccine for the deadly outbreak of Ebola won’t come soon enough to stop the current spreading of the virus. Sierra Leone has announced a state of emergency to deal with the threat. 41
AFP Photo / Miguel Medina Data on the brain: ‘Wet computing’ liquid implants could boost intelligence
American scientists believe they have found a way that could one day make people more intelligent. This could be done by implanting data stored in liquid, enabling things like photos and documents to be stored in one’s brain. 17
Screenshot from video UN relief agency spokesman bursts into tears over deaths of Palestinian children
A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides aid to Palestinians in Gaza, broke down in tears during a TV interview in the aftermath of Wednesday’s fatal attack on a UN-run school, used as shelter. 371
Image from Legs on eggs: Octopus’ 53 months nesting sets animal kingdom record
A deep sea octopus has taken motherly devotion to a new level after guarding her eggs for four-and-a-half years. Biologists say that this a new record, with no creature even coming close to this octopus’ feats. 16
AFP Photo / Daniel Roland ​Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive
Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.” 75
An explosion during an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip is pictured from the Israeli border with Gaza, early morning July 26, 2014, before a cease-fire takes effect. (Reuters / Ronen Zvulun) Israel launches ground incursion in Gaza Strip LIVE UPDATES
The death toll in Gaza has hit over 1,300 since Israel launched operation Protective Edge on July 8. The international community is pushing the sides to ceasefire as the world opinion rallies against Tel Aviv's operation. 362
Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun ‘Radical action required’: Drug-resistant malaria spreads in Asia, Africa
Drug-resistant malaria is dangerously spreading in South-East Asia, according to a recent study. “Radical action” is needed to prevent it from spreading further, the researchers say. 13
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Reuters / Beawiharta) 'Accusation drive' – Indonesia president slams Australia’s gagging order exposed by WikiLeaks
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has rejected Australia’s attempt to cover up an alleged multinational corruption case. He said that the gagging order on the matter that could implicate him may only “trigger suspicions and accusations.” 3
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R) speaks with Catalan President Artur Mas during a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, July 30, 2014 (Reuters / Paul Hanna) ​Catalan leader defies Spanish PM to his face, pledges to press ahead with independence vote
Catalan President Artur Mas has pledged to go ahead with the region’s independence vote, defying the Spanish Prime Minister in person. Madrid has branded the referendum as “illegal” and resolved to block the Catalan bid to separate from Spain. 46
Pope Francis (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi) Pope Francis’ 10 tips for happiness: Be generous, spend Sundays with family, work for peace
The Pope has shared ten tips for living a happy, peaceful and fulfilled life based around humility and understanding other people without trying to convert them to your way of thinking. 25


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