Japan rescuers search for typhoon survivors

Rescuers in Japan pick through mud and ruined houses as hopes fade for dozens not seen since a landslide engulfed their homes following Typhoon Wipha. Duration: 01:02 Oct 17, 2013

'Toxic bomb' ticks on Maldives rubbish island

A far cry from the Maldives' famous turquoise waters and white sands, Thilafushi island is the country's biggest rubbish dump -- and an environmental disaster, say experts. Duration: 02:30 Oct 17, 2013

Rescuers struggle to find Laos plane crash victims

Rescuers battle hazardous conditions in the search for bodies from a Lao Airlines plane which plunged into the Mekong River with 49 people on board, more than half of them foreigners. Duration: 00:42 Oct 17, 2013

Tight security measure in Mecca for Hajj

Throngs of Muslim pilgrims took part in the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual for a second day Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's Mina Valley, near Mecca, as the annual hajj neared its end. Duration: 00:40 Oct 17, 2013

US national museums reopen

The US Natural History Museum, along with the rest of the Smithsonian Museums, reopened on Thursday morning after a deal was reached in Congress to re-open the federal government. Duration: 01:00 Oct 17, 2013

Near 100 African migrants rescued in Strait of Sicily

The Italian coast guard released video footage of the arrival in Sicily on Wednesday of a Liberian-flagged cargo ship that rescued 93 African migrants -- the latest in over 32,000 who have arrived on Italy and Malta so far this year. Duration: 00:30 Oct 17, 2013

University study reveals chimpanzees catch yawns

New research from Lund University, Sweden, has shown for the first time that chimpanzees catch yawns from humans, and that the susceptibility to contagious yawning develops gradually with age – just like it does in humans. Duration: 00:55 Oct 17, 2013