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The 100,000 residents of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to leave town as a monster wildfire swept through the region.
A hijacker seized an Egyptian airliner and diverted it to Cyprus, before releasing all the passengers except four foreigners and the crew.
Warm weather and rains have given way to winds and blizzards in Astana.
Kazakhstanis were laying flowers in front of the Russian Embassy and Consulate General in Almaty and Astana expressing their deep condolences to families of the victims of Airbus 321 crash.
The Islamic State jihadist group claimed gun and bomb attacks that left more than 120 people dead in Paris in a statement posted online.
The Paris attacks show it is more vital than ever to coordinate global efforts to fight terrorism, France's foreign minister said, vowing that French "international action" will not stop.
A rescue operation to pull people from the rubble of a collapsed Pakistani factory ended after nearly a week, with the death toll at 45 and more than 100 survivors plucked from the debris.
Rescue crews resumed digging through the rubble of a collapsed factory in Pakistan as officials said they expected to find at least two dozen more bodies, with the death toll standing at 23.
Desperate survivors appealed for food and blankets after a devastating earthquake killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
At least 11 people were killed and many more wounded when a powerful bomb ripped through a passenger bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.
Visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged to help Indonesia fight forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in haze as foreign aircraft joined operations to douse the blazes.
Four soldiers have drowned during the second stage of Center 2015 military drills in Aktau, Kazakhstan.
Helicopters water-bombed raging forest fires that have cloaked parts of Indonesia in thick haze and pushed air quality to unhealthy levels in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.
The deadly collapse of a construction crane in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca has highlighted the controversial pace of high-end urban development in the birthplace of Islam.
At least 107 people died when a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque, with scores more injured, Saudi authorities said, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage.
A group of wildfires blazing in the western US state of Washington have become the largest in the state's history, and 2015 has become the state's worst fire year on record.
A huge blaze broke out Monday at steel plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.
A Chinese military team of nuclear and chemical experts began work Thursday at the site of two massive explosions in the city of Tianjin.
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan ripping up trees and tearing down billboards as it battered the island with fierce winds and torrential rain.
20 train wagons have run off the track in Aktobe Oblast, western Kazakhstan. 6 wagons caught fire.
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