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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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Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group.

Syria 2:33pm 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

Venezuela supermarket looting leaves one dead, dozens detained

CARACAS - One person was killed and dozens were detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana, the state governor said on Friday, amid the ongoing food shortages in the recession-hit OPEC nation.

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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

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Mexican president's approval ratings hit after drug kingpin's escape

MEXICO CITY - Approval ratings for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto have fallen to a new low, a newspaper poll showed on Friday amid a weak economy and after the escape of the country's most notorious criminal from a maximum-security prison.

Mexico 4:29pm EDT

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