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Exclusive: Walkout at Taliban leadership meeting raises specter of split

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant group's new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest.

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Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just completed U.S. training, describing them as agents of America and warning others against taking part in "the American project".

Syria 12:49pm EDT

Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

HARARE - The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a "foreign poacher" who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. | Video

Africa 12:54pm EDT

NATO agrees plan to strengthen Iraq's army

BRUSSELS - NATO will help Iraq reform and strengthen its security forces which are reeling from a near collapse a year ago in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO said on Friday.

Iraq 1:06pm EDT

In a Yemen hospital, malnutrition menaces young lives

SANAA - Born just before the outbreak of Yemen's devastating war, Ali Mohammed al-Tawaari may well not survive it.

Health 1:21pm EDT

Greek PM defends controversial 'Plan B' for euro zone exit

ATHENS - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged on Friday that his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but rejected accusations that he had plotted a return to the drachma.

Greece 10:50am EDT

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