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German police search house of pilot who flew A320 into mountain

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES - A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, prosecutors said on Thursday. | Video

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Iraq special forces advance on Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday, backed by U.S.-led coalition planes in the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video

Iraq 1:57pm EDT

U.N.: Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid

UNITED NATIONS - Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.

United Nations, Israel 3:01pm EDT

Argentine court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES - Last month's court decision that cleared Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez of charges that she tried to derail the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing was upheld by an appeals court on Thursday, local media reported.

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Syrian Islamist insurgents advance around Idlib city: monitor

BEIRUT - An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overrun 17 defense posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

United Nations, Syria 9:55am EDT

Nigerian government denies 'fresh abduction' in Damasak town

ABUJA - Nigeria's government denied there had been an abduction of hundreds of people in the northeast town of Damasak after its recapture from Islamist jihadist group Boko Haram, the national information center said on Thursday.

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