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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

KABUL - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died more than two years ago. | Video

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Syrian army says Israeli planes strike pro-Syrian Palestinian militia

BEIRUT - An Israeli plane attacked a military base along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday belonging to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction, wounding six people, Syrian state television said.

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U.N. mediator proposes Syria working groups on issues in conflict

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations mediator in Syria's civil war proposed on Wednesday inviting Syrians to take part in U.N.-led working groups to sort out four big issues, since the warring parties were not ready to hold formal peace talks.

United Nations, Syria 11:45am EDT

Gulf Arab power UAE chides EU over opening to Iran

DUBAI - Gulf Arab power the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday criticized the European Union for seeking Iranian cooperation in stabilizing the region, saying that an "aggressive" Tehran was helping to polarize the countries there,

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U.N. urges Dominican Republic to prevent deportations of Haitians

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - United Nations human rights experts have urged the Dominican Republic to prevent arbitrary deportations of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, and to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations.

United Nations 1:09pm EDT

British PM tackles Vietnamese children trafficking on first trip

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain will seek stronger cooperation with Vietnam to crack down on the trafficking of Vietnamese children to the United Kingdom, David Cameron said on Wednesday as he became the first British prime minister to visit the Southeast Asian country.

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