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Officials study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

PARIS/SYDNEY - French authorities are studying a large piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. | Video

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Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own.

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Israel authorizes force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners

JERUSALEM - Israel's parliament on Thursday passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, a move that has met vehement opposition from the country's medical association.

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Nepal landslide kills 15 people, death toll may rise: ministry

KATHMANDU - A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed 15 people in western Nepal and the death toll could rise, the home ministry said on Thursday.The landslide struck two villages near the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (77 miles) west of Kathmandu. At least 22 houses were destroyed, the ministry said. The government fears twin earthquakes that killed almost 9,000 people earlier this year may have heightened the risk of landslides during the annual monsoon season, which lasts fr

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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

KABUL - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago. | Video

Afghanistan 29 Jul 2015

Islamic State claims car bomb in Yemen capital, four dead

DUBAI - A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in Yemen's war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing four people and wounding six, health authorities and a security source said.

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