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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians.

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In a country wary of migrants, Pope tells Poles to welcome refugees

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis urged young people on Thursday to welcome migrants and refugees, putting himself in direct contrast with the government of Poland on the second day of his visit there. | Video

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Indonesia executes three Nigerians, one local, despite protests

CILACAP, Indonesia Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers, three of them Nigerians, in the early hours of Friday, leaving the fate of 10 others uncertain.

Five U.S. military members injured in Afghanistan: commander

WASHINGTON Five U.S. special operations members were wounded while working with Afghan special forces in an operation to clear areas controlled by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.

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Venezuela's opposition-run congress defies government over ban

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition-run National Assembly defied President Nicolas Maduro's government and ratcheted up a conflict of powers on Thursday by reinstating three lawmakers banned over fraud accusations in the December parliamentary vote.

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Anti-Boko Haram task force says recaptures town in Nigeria's Borno state

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria A multinational task force battling Boko Haram said on Thursday it had recaptured the only town in northeast Nigeria's Borno state that was still held by the Islamist militant group.

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