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Police identify British-born attacker, victim count rises to four

LONDON The attacker who plowed a car through a throng of pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament was named on Thursday as Khalid Masood, a British-born man who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism. | Video

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Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, Russia 1:57pm EDT

Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks

BEIRUT Jihadists and other rebel groups made advances against the Syrian army north of Hama on Thursday, a monitor said, part of their biggest offensive for months, underscoring bleak prospects for peace talks that resume later in the day.

Syria 2:33pm EDT

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents

BAGHDAD Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defense agency officials and locals said on Thursday.

Iraq 5:07pm EDT

Fillon accuses French president of involvement in plot against him

PARIS French presidential candidate Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande on Thursday of being involved in what he alleges is a government plot to spread damaging media leaks about his affairs to destroy his chances of being elected.

8:35pm EDT

Nations urge Venezuela on elections; diplomacy still favored tool

MEXICO CITY A group of 14 nations on Thursday urged Venezuela to hold elections and release political prisoners, in a joint statement that kept open the option of seeking to suspend the South American country from the Organization of American States.

8:52pm EDT

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