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The death toll from Ecuador's biggest earthquake in decades has soared to at least 235 as rescuers using tractors and bare hands hunted desperately for survivors in shattered coastal towns.

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LOS ANGELES - Kevin Rudd has played down his and Helen Clark's chances of becoming United Nations secretary-general, joking he would have a better shot if his surname was "Ruddovich".

LONDON - In a huge immunisation effort in 150 countries, health teams will on Sunday launch what they hope will be the final push against polio.

LONDON - A British Airways passenger aircraft has been hit by what most likely was a drone as it prepared to land at Britain's Heathrow Airport.

MANILA- A leading candidate to become president of the Philippines is under fire for apparently joking about the rape of a murdered Australian missionary.

LONDON - The only boy in a prestigious violin competition in London has beaten 21 girls to achieve first place.

LONDON - Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is taken out of the European Union "against our will", the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) says.

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