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120 people still trapped in Taiwan tower rubble

Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Sunday, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building. Those found alive include a 20-year-old identifie

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132 still trapped in quake-hit Taiwan tower

A total of 132 people are still trapped beneath the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower that collapsed in a powerful earthquake on Saturday morning, a local government official said on Sunday. The total is much higher than authorities had first estimated on Saturday as rescuers co

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N Korea launches long-range rocket ‘carrying satellite’

North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbours and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of UN sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The US Strategic Command said it h

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Syria warns Saudi army against incursion

Syria will see any incursion on its territory as an act of aggression, Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem said on Saturday, days after Saudi Arabia announced it was ready to send in ground troops. Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem also told a news conference a ceasefire in the Syr

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Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

Russian and Syrian government forces gained ground north of Aleppo on Saturday, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge across the border in Turkey. The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have said could so

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12 killed as powerful quake jolts Taiwan, building collapses

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 12 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with some people still known to be missing in the ruins of the complex as night fell, government officials said. As rescuers searched for survi

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Assange makes freedom plea after UN panel report

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation. Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the US by publishing

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Oil falls ahead of key producer meeting

Oil prices ended the week lower in choppy trading on Friday, snapping two weeks of gains, as a frenzy of speculation about a possible deal between top oil producers clashed with concerns about a growing supply glut. After a volatile week's trading, much is riding on Sunday

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Taiwan quake fells 17-storey apartment tower

A Taiwan quake toppled a 17-storey apartment building in southern Tainan city on Saturday, and crews had so far rescued 123 people from the wreckage, a fire brigade official said. There were no immediate reports of deaths from the 6.4 magnitude tremor, which struck before dawn.

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100 people unaccounted for after South Africa mine collapse

More than 100 people were unaccounted for after a gold mine in Mpumalanga province in northeastern South Africa caved in, a union official said on Friday, while emergency services said 49 miners had so far been brought to the surface.   South Africa's mines

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