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Historic English pier engulfed in flames
A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.
3 long-time Putin cronies hit with EU sanctions
An official European Union document shows three long-time Putin cronies are among eight people who have been hit with new EU sanctions.
Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip
Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."
UN condemns extremist takeover of parts of Iraq
The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.
Hamas dismisses partial cease-fire
A Hamas spokesman says the four-hour cease-fire declared by Israel doesn't have any "value," because it excludes border areas from which Hamas wants to evacuate the wounded.
US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel
Citing political instability, the State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel to the United States by Venezuelan government officials believed to be involved in human rights abuses.
Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii
Japan is practicing storming beaches with the U.S. at the world's largest maritime exercises.
British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation
A London law firm is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania during layovers.
Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
Authorities in western India say rescuers are trying to find survivors among about 40 houses buried by a landslide in a small village. It's feared that more than 150 people may be trapped.
Germany: 1 killed, 5 injured as dare goes awry
German authorities say a man was killed and five others injured when a mechanical digger tipped over and hit them during a so-called Cold Water Challenge, a dare that has been spreading on Facebook.
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