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San Francisco earthquake injures dozens

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked the northern San Francisco area, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

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Obama to send aides to #Ferguson funeral

Ferguson, Missouri

US President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the 18-year-old whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked days of racial unrest.

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Costa Rica to probe US anti-Cuba program

The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover US programmes operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilise the government in Cuba, Costa Rica's director of intelligence and security has said.

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#Colombia peace talks in 'decisive phase'

Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict have entered what the government called a "decisive phase" as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

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Bergdahl swap illegal say US investigators

The Pentagon violated the law when it swapped a soldier held in captivity for five years in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees without giving politicians sufficient notice, US investigators have found.

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#Mexico says 22,322 people now 'disappeared'

The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said.

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US National Guard to withdraw from #Ferguson

The governor of Missouri has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager.

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UN's Pillay slams Security Council 'failure'

In her last address to the Security Council, the UN human rights chief sharply criticised the body for its ineffectiveness on Syria and other intractable conflicts, saying its members have often put national interests ahead of stopping mass atrocities.

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US troops entered #Syria to find James Foley

The US sent troops into Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue Americans, including journalist James Foley, held by the Islamic State group.

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Brazil's Socialists name Silva as candidate

Environmentalist Marina Silva has announced that she will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous candidate was killed in a plane crash.

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