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Indonesia struggles to recover quake’s dead, help the living

The rescue team had done everything it could to locate the body of the man, who had been killed instantly when a massive earthquake collapsed his home Sunday night on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Read More

Japan medical school confirms altering scores to limit women

A Tokyo medical school apologized today after an internal investigation confirmed that it altered entrance exam scores for years to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors. Read More

Pussy Riot activist protests torture in Russian prisons

An activist from Russian punk collective Pussy Riot has led a protest outside the headquarters of the state penitentiary agency to protest torture and slave labor in Russian prisons. Read More

Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. Read More

U.N. adopts guidelines aimed at speeding aid to North Korea

The U.N. Security Council adopted new guidelines Monday to try to speed the delivery of humanitarian aid to North Korea, where the U.N. says around 10 million people need food and other assistance and about 20 percent of children are stunted because of malnutrition. Read More

Thousands left homeless, at least 98 dead after quake on Indonesian island

Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents as authorities said rescuers hadn’t yet reached all devastated areas and expect the toll of 98 dead to climb. Read More

Tanker truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

A tanker truck carrying flammable material exploded today after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna, killing at least two people, injuring up to 70 and causing part of the raised expressway to collapse. Read More

Michelin-starred French master chef Joel Robuchon dies at 73

Joel Robuchon, a master chef who shook up the stuffy world of French haute cuisine by showing diners the delights of the simple mashed potato and a peek at a restaurant kitchen, has died at 73. Read More

Japanese students use virtual reality to recreate Hiroshima bombing

It’s a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash of light, followed by a loud blast. Buildings are flattened and smoke rises from crackling fires under a darkened sky. Read More

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing during WWII

Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony Monday to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Read More

At least 91 dead as powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb. Read More

Palestinian teens reach finals of Silicon Valley app pitch

Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls. Read More

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro believes drone attack was attempt to kill him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials said. Read More