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Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

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Out of tragedy, fortune for Sri Lankan tsunami village

SEENIGAMA, Sri Lanka - As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find.

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Afghan women's cricket crushed by threats, bombs and tradition

KABUL - The story of Afghan cricket is a rare bright spot in the troubled country's recent past, full of unlikely successes and glory that have helped unify a divided nation. Unless you're a woman player.

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U.S.-led forces launch 17 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq included 10 air strikes in Syria on Wednesday and seven in Iraq, the U.S. military said.

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At least 21 injured in protest against Nicaragua canal: police

MANAGUA - At least 21 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes between police and protesters opposed to the construction of Nicaragua's planned $50 billion shipping canal, authorities said.

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Spain's Felipe VI condemns corruption in first Christmas speech

MADRID - Spain's King Felipe VI lashed out against corruption in his first Christmas Eve address but made no direct reference to his sister, Cristina de Borbon, who was ordered on Monday to stand trial for tax crimes.

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