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Boeing 787 Dreamliner investigators arrive in Japan

A team of experts from US aviation authorities and Boeing have arrived in Japan to inspect a 787 Dreamliner passenger jet that made an emergency landing on a domestic All Nippon Airways flight earlier this week.

106 dead in new Homs massacre, says Syrian monitor

More than 100 people were shot, stabbed and possibly burned to death in the Syrian city of Homs this week, in what a monitoring group said was a massacre by the army or militia loyal to Bashar al-Assad.

Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns

The US space agency Nasa warned this week that the Amazon rainforestmay be showing the first signs of large-scale degradation due to climate change.

Iran braced for fresh wave of toxic smog

Iran is bracing for a fresh wave of toxic smog next week, with authorities warning older people, children and pregnant women to stay indoors.

Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis

(Reuters) – More than 20 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations.

Armstrong admits doping in “toxic” tale

(Reuters) – Lance Armstrong ended years of vehement denial on Thursday by finally coming clean and admitting he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles with systematic use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.

Analysis: More Americans leave parental nest in boost for housing

(Reuters) – Americans are feeling increasingly confident in the future and more and more are striking out to set up their own homes, a move that is helping propel the housing recovery.

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