A 12-hour humanitarian truce came into effect this morning after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a UN request for a(...)

Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)

A Chinese man lights a cigarette while walking past a convenience store in Beijing. China is looking to create a national smoking ban in public places to be implemented by next year. Photograph: EPA

China, home to the world’s largest number of smokers, has introduced a ban on government officials from smoking in public, to set an example to the re(...)

Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo today, while families tried to identify hundreds of mut(...)

Seven Cubans have died and more than 40 have been hospitalised after drinking industrial methanol which they thought was rum.
Fake rum kills seven in Cuba
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  • July 31, 2013, 21:05

Seven Cubans have died and more than 40 have been hospitalised after drinking industrial methanol which they thought was rum, the public health mini(...)

Protesters opposing Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi wave Egyptian flags and shout slogans against him and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, during a protest in front of El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters.

The Egyptian general who serves as defence minister has issued an ultimatum to the government to agree a way forward in solving political deadlock wit(...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in the suburb of Nasr City, Cairo,today. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egypt’s leading religious authority warned of “civil war” today and called for calm as political factions clashed ahead of major rallies the oppositio(...)

Anti-abortionists protest  in San Salvador, El Salvador, in the days before a woman known as “Beatriz”  had a Caesarean section to end her pregnancy. Photograph: Ulises Rodriguez/Reuters

A pregnant woman at the centre of an abortion controversy in El Salvador had her malformed foetus delivered yesterday by Caesarean section to save her(...)

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Two more people died from the disease today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu has risen to five in China today as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat (...)

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a blanket near an area that was damaged after it came under fire by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, in Kefr Hamra area, north of Aleppo. Photograph: Giath Taha/Reuters

Disagreements over whether the EU should lift its arms embargo to empower Syrian opposition forces dominated a meeting of Eu ropean foreign min(...)

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