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Libyan firefighters douse a huge blaze at an oil tank started by clashes around Tripoli airport. ( AFP/Mohamed Elbosifi)

Islamist groups seize key Benghazi army base as Tripoli fire rages

Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport.

Israeli strikes kill 32 across Gaza

Israeli bombardments in the early hours of Wednesday (July 30) killed 32 Palestinians in Gaza, including 20 at a UN school, medics said, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day.


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File photo: Chinese paramilitary police patrol a street in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang region. (AFP/GOH CHAI HIN)

Dozens killed and injured in terror attack in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

Dozens of people were killed and injured in a "terrorist attack" in China's far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday (July 29).





US President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

US slaps sanctions on Russian energy, arms and finance

President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday (July 29) that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia's energy sector, arms industry and financial institutions.

Aviation officials call for anti-air weapons law

Aviation officials called for better dissemination of flight risks and a UN law restricting anti-aircraft weapons use, at an emergency meeting on Tuesday (July 29) on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.



The US Federal Reserve in Washington, DC. (AFP/Karen Bleier)

Federal Reserve meets amid calls for tighter policy

The US Federal Reserve began a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday (July 29) under rising pressure to step off its ultra-dovish stance to address rising inflation and worries of overheated markets.



Singapore's Jasmine Ser posing with her gold medal after winning the 50m rifle 3 positions women's final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo: Singapore Shooting Association)

Commonwealth Games: Jasmine Ser wins Singapore's second shooting gold

Singapore's Jasmine Ser clinched gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions women's final, beating Jen McIntosh of Scotland.



John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham attend a Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Press Conference on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/AFP)

Alternative Stairway to Heaven mix to be released

Led Zeppelin is to issue an unreleased version of their most famous song, Stairway to Heaven, the legendary rock band said Tuesday (July 29), after more than four decades hidden in the vaults.



File photo of an exhibitor playing on a flipper machine, using an EEG to measure neurons in the brain at the CeBIT high-tech fair in the German city of Hanover. (AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)

Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial.



Fruit and vegetables are sold in a supermarket. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)

Five-a-day fruit and vegetables is fine, says study

British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.



A video grab made on July 28, 2014 from an AFPTV video shows a rat at the Jardin des Tuileries, near the Louvre, in Paris. (AFP/AFPTV/CHLOE CHAUVRIS)

Paris tourists share picnics with rats at the Louvre

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden. It's a picture perfect scene, a stone's throw from the famous Louvre museum, with just one drawback - the rats.

NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the rover has journeyed across 40 kilometres of Martian terrain.