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  • Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali
    Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali

    Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Two French Mirage fighter jets and United Nations helicopters on Thursday had for hours hunted for the wreck of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane in remote northern Mali, a region prey to scattered Islamist militants and Tuareg separatist fighters. Malian state television said the wreckage of the flight was discovered between the town of Gossi and the Burkina Faso border.

  • Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
    Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

    SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.

  • 'Credible' Terror Threat in Norway, US Officials Say
    'Credible' Terror Threat in Norway, US Officials Say

    Norwegian Intelligence Says It Was Warned of Imminent, ‘Concrete’ Threat

  • Facebook soars as Zuckerberg’s cash-machine kicks into gear
    Facebook soars as Zuckerberg’s cash-machine kicks into gear

    Facebook shares are bounding higher this morning after the company posted its fifth straight better-than-expected quarter. The metrics were beyond reproach

  • Norway: Terror threat against Norway

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

  • Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops: US
    Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops: US

    The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict. Moscow is also planning to "deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The evidence was based on "intelligence information" indicating arms were "continuing to flow across the border" into Ukraine since the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 on board, Harf said. "They're firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military," Harf told reporters.

  • Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris
    Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.

  • Israel economy hard pressed, not crushed over Gaza rockets

    The cancellation of European and US flights to Israel due to rocket fire is further harming tourism in a region already paying for fierce fighting in Gaza, experts say. The US Federal Aviation Administration banned American airlines from flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport for at least 24 hours from Tuesday, and the European Aviation Safety Agency advised all carriers to avoid Tel Aviv "until further notice". The Israeli Airports Authority, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday it would be opening the Ovda military airport, 60 kilometres north of Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat, as an alternative to Ben Gurion for international carriers.

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