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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. | Video

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Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

DHAKA The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money.

Tech, Cybersecurity Jul 28 2016

Two children abused in Australian prison being counter-sued by state

SYDNEY Two of the six aboriginal children teargassed by police while in custody in Australia are being counter-sued by the Northern Territory government for damaging the prison in an escape attempt, according to court documents.

Australia Jul 28 2016

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

BEIJING China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

WASHINGTON The Afghan government lost control or influence of nearly 5 percent of its territory between January and May, the U.S government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report on Friday, an indication of the challenges its forces are facing.

Wing part found in Tanzania is 'highly likely' from MH370: Australia minister

SYDNEY An aircraft wing part found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian government minister said on Friday, in what would be the second confirmed piece of the jetliner.

Australia 3:47am EDT

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