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In blow, U.S.-trained Syrian rebels captured by al Qaeda wing

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Tuesday it had indications that Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military were captured by fighters from al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, in the latest blow to a fledgling program at the center of America's war strategy.

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First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

JERUSALEM - Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home.

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U.S. asks Venezuela to scrap ban on opposition political candidates

WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela to reverse a ban on opposition members from holding office and participating in the Dec. 6 parliamentary elections.

04 Aug 2015

India floods derail two trains, killing at least 20; hundreds rescued

NEW DELHI - Two express trains derailed into a river in central India overnight after flood water weakened the tracks, killing at least 20 people and injuring 100, the government said on Wednesday.

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Fewer Germans going to Syria, Iraq to fight for Islamic State: spy chief

BERLIN - Fewer Germans have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State in the past few months than during last year's surge following the militants' declaration of an Islamic caliphate, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said.

04 Aug 2015

Chile's lawmakers take key step toward decriminalizing abortion

SANTIAGO - Chile took a step toward easing its strict abortion ban on Tuesday after legislators in the nation's lower chamber voted to advance a bill that would overturn the prohibition.

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