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Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES - A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said on Thursday. | Video

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U.S. has no policy to protect Syrian force after training: general

WASHINGTON - Syrian opposition forces being trained to fight Islamic State militants will need support from the U.S.-led coalition when they return home, but the Obama administration has yet to decide what protection to offer, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.

Syria 4:12pm EDT

Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video

Iraq 4:04pm EDT

Moroccan opposition in rare standoff with police over burial

RABAT - Thousands of supporters of Morocco's biggest opposition movement buried their late leader's widow on Thursday after a standoff with security forces who tried to prevent her being laid to rest beside his grave.

6:23pm EDT

Argentina court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES - Last month's court decision that cleared Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez of charges that she tried to derail the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing was upheld by an appeals court on Thursday.

Argentina 4:14pm EDT

Syrian Islamist insurgents advance around Idlib city: monitor

BEIRUT - An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overrun 17 defense posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

United Nations, Syria 9:55am EDT

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