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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 returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group.

Syria 2:33pm EDT

Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. | Video

Early poll prospects grow as Turkish air strikes muddy coalition talks

ANKARA - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islamic State in Syria stir nationalist sentiment and coalition talks make little apparent progress.

Turkey, Syria, Iraq 1:44pm 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 2:02pm 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, Yemen 1:21pm EDT

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