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Exclusive: Walkout at Taliban leadership meeting raises specter of split

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant group's new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest.

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Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration

FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO - BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars.

Deals, Tech 3:07pm EDT

Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

LONDON/GENEVA - The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.

Health, Africa, World 11:13am EDT

Recovered plane debris flown to France for checks

ST DENIS, Reunion - Plane debris which washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and is thought to belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flown to France on Friday for checks officials hope could provide some insight into the disaster. | Video

Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

HARARE - The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a "foreign poacher" who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. | Video

World, Africa 5:19pm EDT

How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year. | Video

U.S., Iraq, Politics 4:47pm EDT
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'Temporary' not guilty plea entered for Charleston suspect

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal magistrate on Friday entered a "temporary" not guilty plea for Dylann Roof on hate crime charges in the slaying of nine African-Americans at a South Carolina church, even as his lawyer said his client wanted to plead guilty. | Video