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Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. | Video

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Taliban disavows Afghan peace talks after leader declared dead

KABUL - The Taliban's official spokesman disavowed peace talks with the Afghan government on Thursday, throwing fledgling efforts to negotiate an end to 14 years of war into disarray.

Afghanistan 4:45am EDT

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills four civilians, soldier

KIEV - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of shelling civilian areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, with four civilians and one soldier killed.

7:49am EDT

Political prisoners, Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnesty

YANGON - Myanmar freed some political prisoners and 155 Chinese citizens jailed for illegal logging in an amnesty for nearly 7,000 people on Thursday, a move that could ease diplomatic tensions with influential neighbour China.

Myanmar 7:10am EDT

Germany's Schaeuble wants to rebalance EU Commission's role

BERLIN - Germany's finance minister wants to correct the balance between the European Commission's political role and its regulatory powers, reflecting concern in Berlin over the EU executive's neutrality as its political clout grows.

Germany 7:29am EDT

China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan

BEIJING - China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south.

Russia, China, Japan 7:19am EDT

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