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Taiwan's pipeline probe focuses on petrochem firm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in Taiwan's second biggest city are focusing their investigation on a petrochemical firm after a series of gas pipeline explosions ripped streets apart and flung cars into the air, killing 27 people and injured 267 others.
Factory blast in eastern China kills at least 65

By Fayen Wong KUNSHAN China (Reuters) - An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at a factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including General Motors, state media said, as the country suffered its worst industrial accident in a year. A preliminary investigation suggested that the explosion at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd. Was caused by negligence after a flame was lit in a dust-filled room, state news agency Xinhua said. Two officials from Kunshan Zhongrong have been held by authorities, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed government source. Images online and on state television showed large plumes of black smoke billowing from a white low-rise building.
Oklahoma teen accused of sex abuse in Kenya blames a demon -prosecutors

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teen charged with raping and sexually assaulting numerous children while volunteering at a missionary children's home in Kenya says a demon made him do it, prosecutors said on Friday. Matthew Durham, 19, of Edmond faced a judge on Friday regarding accusations he raped up to 10 boys and girls aged 6 to 9 at the Upendo Children's Home in the capital, Nairobi, which helps care for neglected and disabled children. Prosecutors said Durham told a friend he had a demon named "Luke" inside him, and that Durham said "Luke" told him to sexually abuse the children. The defense also alleges that members of the children's home urged him to say he had a demon inside him during his confession.
U.S. FDA says 'stands ready' to work with companies developing Ebola drugs

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The worst Ebola outbreak in history is heaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the development of treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 700 people since February. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said in an emailed statement the agency "stands ready" to work with companies and investigators working with patients "in dire need of treatment." A senior official within FDA told Reuters the agency would consider proposals for providing treatments under special emergency new drug applications, if the benefits of the treatment outweighed the potential safety risks. FDA's statement follow calls by doctors fed up by the lack of progress on Ebola treatments, a market deemed too small to gain much attention by large pharmaceutical companies. Earlier this month, the agency put a hold on a Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp clinical trial of TKM-Ebola, one of the few Ebola treatments advanced enough to be tested in people.

Fresh bloodshed in Gaza as Hamas denies holding soldier

An Israeli Merkava tank heads to the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on August 1, 2014A fresh wave of violence killed dozens in Gaza after the collapse of a UN and US backed ceasefire, officials said Saturday, as Hamas denied it kidnapped an Israeli soldier. A Palestinian delegation was due to arrive in Cairo for talks on the terms of a durable truce, however, even after the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire fell apart within hours starting on Friday. In the violence that ensued, at least 107 Palestinians were killed in Israel air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including 35 since midnight, officials said. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a member of Israel's security cabinet which met till the early hours of Saturday, accused Hamas of being behind the soldier's disappearance and said the group would pay a high price.

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