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Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest: police

WASHINGTON Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.

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Israel faces mounting Palestinian anger over holy site metal detectors

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered removing on Thursday metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site after their installation following a deadly attack last week stirred up Palestinian protests and threats of escalation.

United Nations 2:34pm EDT

Exclusive: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions - sources

CARACAS/HOUSTON Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal - a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters.

Russia 4:41pm EDT

Syria rebels blindsided by U.S. move, say jihadists to benefit

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency.

Syria 12:54pm EDT

South Sudan rebel Machar declines to renounce violence: mediator

UNITED NATIONS Exiled South Sudanese opposition figure Riek Machar declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire and instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, an international mediator told the United Nations on Thursday.

United Nations, Africa 4:58pm EDT

Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

DUBAI Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.

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