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Taliban confirm death of Omar

updated: 07/31/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday. Meanwhile, a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed on concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.

Greek calls for party vote on loan deal

updated: 07/31/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline party members opposed to the rescue deal.

Landslides swamp Nepalese villages; 30 dead

updated: 07/31/2015 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages Thursday in Nepal, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said.

Debris likely from Boeing jet

updated: 07/31/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Investigators trying to determine what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 more than 16 months ago said Thursday that they were nearly certain that a 6-foot-long piece of a plane's wing assembly was part of a Boeing 777 -- and the Malaysia plane is the only Boeing 777 that is missing.

Stabbings of 6 in holy city unsettle gay pride parade

posted: 07/31/2015 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed six Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.

The World in Brief

updated: 07/31/2015 2:46 a.m. Discuss

U.S.-backed rebels kidnapped in Syria BEIRUT -- The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.

In the news

posted: 07/31/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

George H.W. Bush, the 91-year-old former president who recently fell at his Kennebunkport, Maine, home and fractured a bone in his neck, tweeted a photo of himself wearing a neck brace and giving two thumbs up, and told his followers, “Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?”

Afghan Taliban: 'Family' of Mullah Omar confirm his death

posted: 07/30/2015 9:35 a.m. Comment 1

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness.

Ex-'Top Gear' trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime

posted: 07/30/2015 9:16 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — The former hosts of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime.

Malaysian premier: Plane debris to be sent to France

posted: 07/30/2015 7:47 a.m. Discuss

PARIS — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.

Foreigner crush tests defenses at Chunnel

updated: 07/30/2015 4:06 a.m. Comments 2

Britain and France scrambled Wednesday to address the latest refugee crisis in Europe after hundreds of foreigners from Africa and the Middle East attempted for a second-consecutive night to flee squalid camps in northern France and force their way through the Channel Tunnel to England.

Exiled Yemeni leader seeks to enlist militias

posted: 07/30/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

From his exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen's president on Wednesday ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army units, a move that comes in an apparent attempt to unify forces fighting on the ground.

U.S. free to curb Iran, Senate told

updated: 07/30/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. retains all of its military options against Iran as it works to protect U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East, no matter what happens under the nuclear accord reached this month.

Turkey's airstrikes pound rebel Kurds

updated: 07/30/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight, and the government said strikes were to continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.

Greek premier threatens bailout foes with vote

updated: 07/30/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took on dissenters within his own party, warning he'll call an election unless backbenchers opposing a deal with creditors fall into line or quit.

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