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Algerian military plane crashes - 100 feared dead
An Algerian military transport plane has crashed in mountains in the north-east of the country with 103 passengers and crew on board.

Dengue deaths soar in Malaysia
Deaths from dengue fever have nearly tripled in Malaysia this year compared to the same period in 2013, sparking a stepped-up campaign to control the mosquitos that spread the virus.

How to survive a plane crash
Flying may be the safest form of transport, but many of the three million people who take to the air each day are terrified of crashing. Now more than ever, though, it's possible to survive a plane crash.

Homes swamped, transport chaos as floods take toll in England
Hundreds more homes risked being swamped by floods in southeast England on Tuesday after the River Thames burst its banks and one of the country's busiest rail routes was severely disrupted.

Baltic, Black Sea landing ships join Russian Navy force in Mediterranean
The large landing ship Minsk of the Baltic Fleet and the large landing ship Yamal of the Black Sea Fleet passed the Bosporus Strait on Tuesday to join the Russian Navy task force permanently deployed in the Mediterranean, the Navy Staff told Interfax-AVN.

English may ban smoking in cars with children this year
Smoking in cars in the presence of children is to be outlawed in England by the end of the year, Downing Street has signalled, after MPs voted overwhelmingly to make it a criminal offence.

Afghanistan contemplates law that would silence battered women
The European Union has called a draft Afghan law that would silence battered women a "backward step", while activists warn there are only two weeks to stop it coming into force.

Italy and US police crack major mafia drug ring
FBI and Italian agents jointly carried out “Operation New Bridge” arresting 24 people. They are accused of dealing cocaine with a street value of some 750 million euros.

New Zealand Protests Japanese Whalers Creeping Into EEZ
New Zealand summoned Japan’s ambassador on Monday to protest the entry of a Japanese whaling ship into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), after clashes earlier between whalers and vessels from the Sea Shepherd conservationist group.

China and Taiwan hold government-to-government talks for first time in 65 years
Taiwan and China are holding their highest level talks for more than six decades Tuesday, marking the first government-to-government contact since the pair's acrimonious split in 1949.

China builds bigger Buddhas to entice tourists
The company responsible for Hong Kong's 34-meter-tall Tian Tan Buddha and Hainan's 108-meter-tall Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya statue plans to throw up 10 more huge Buddha replicas during 2014, according to the Chinese magazine New Weekly (Chinese only).

Earthquake in Baku, Azerbaijan
An earthquake has hit Azerbaijani capital of Baku today at 16:06 local time. The tremors were felt not only in the capital but also in the Sumgait city.

Moscow bomb threat prompts evacuation of 7,000 students
Someone phoned in a bomb threat to the Moscow Aviation Institute on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of 7,000 students from all 12 buildings at the institute, officials said.

Majority of Americans Favor Ties With Cuba, Poll Finds
After more than a half-century of official United States hostility toward Cuba punctuated by a comprehensive trade embargo, a majority of Americans — and an even greater majority of Floridians, home to this country’s largest Cuban-American population — now favor normalizing relations or engaging more directly with the Cuban government, according to a nonpartisan survey.



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