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Syria crisis: Al-Nusra Front 'seizes US-backed rebels'

<b>Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, has claimed to have captured a number of rebel fighters who were trained by the US.</b><p>A statement from the militant group warned others against taking part in "the American project".<p>Earlier reports said the leader of the so-called Division 30 and other …

Middle East

Enclaves swapped in landmark India-Bangladesh border deal

<b>India and Bangladesh have swapped control of some 160 small pockets of land on each other's territory.</b><p>The enclaves, home to some 50,000 people, were created through local peace treaties in the 18th Century.<p>New national flags were to be hoisted as a landmark accord between the two countries came …

India

How potato could solve China's future food needs

In China, rice is often at the centre of its national cuisine and its dinner tables.<p>Yet the Chinese government has recently set its eyes on a new staple: the potato.<p>A starchy building block for many European meals, the potato crop could offer a solution to food security issues in China, where …

Food

Taliban elects new leader after Mullah Omar's death

The Taliban has elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader, Taliban sources have told Al Jazeera, as the group confirmed the death of their founder Mullah Omar.<p>The election, which was reported on Thursday, has not been officially confirmed by the Taliban. But a commander present at the meeting …

Afghanistan

Is force-feeding a form of torture? | War & Conflict

Hunger strikes have become an important form of protest for Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons.<p>But the Israeli parliament has just passed a new law which would allow authorities to force-feed prisoners on hunger strikes.<p>The United Nations, the Palestinian Prisoners Commisison and the Israeli …

Israel

Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign 'Cairo Declaration' | Saudi Arabia News

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies.<p>In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, Sisi's …

Saudi Arabia

Afghanistan peace talks on hold amid Taliban turmoil

The confirmation of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death has thrown the fledgling Afghan peace process into disarray, with planned talks postponed.<p>Taliban officials formally announced in a statement on Friday morning that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been elected as the group's new leader, a day after …

Afghanistan
Gaza

Eritrea blames migrant exodus on human trafficking

Eritrea has urged the UN Security Council to help bring human traffickers to justice, saying smuggling groups, not human rights abuses, were causing an exodus of migrants to Europe.<p>About 5,000 people flee Eritrea each month, according to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.<p>Thousands of migrants have …

North Africa

Life and death along the Thai-Myanmar border | Poverty & Development

When I met Panyuk he was sitting outside his hut on a seat made of fat tubes of bamboo. Panyuk, a member of the Karen ethnic group from Myanmar, lost both his arms and was blinded in both eyes in a landmine explosion five years ago.<p>He has lived in the Mae La border camp on the Thai-Myanmar border …

Asia

Several dead in Turkey in attacks blamed on PKK group

Turkish officials say Kurdish fighters have attacked a police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks, leaving five people dead.<p>Mustafa Buyuk, the governor of Adana province, said Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters opened fire at the police station in the town Pozanti, …

Middle East

Muslims being 'erased' from Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.<p>Discussing Friday's report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in …

Africa

Ukraine may grant autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in a bid for peace

Country's highest court offers limited self-rule for three years to separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk in tentative move to fulfilling Minsk agreement<p>Ukraine’s highest court has allowed MPs to change the country’s constitution to grant Russian-backed separatists partial autonomy, in …

Jalaluddin Haqqani, veteran Afghan militant leader, 'has died'

Taliban sources say ageing leader of the Haqqani network died after a long illness and was buried in his home province<p>Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Afghan founder of the militant Haqqani network and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, has died, according to Taliban sources.<p>It follows the announcement …

Palestinian child burned to death in apparent firebomb attack by Israeli extremists

An 18-month-old Palestinian child was burned to death Friday when people believed to be Israeli extremists set fire to a home in a West Bank village, according to a Palestinian official and the Israeli army.<p>Ali Dawabshe was killed in his bed, officials said. His parents, Said and Riham, were able …

The 5 European Cities You Need to Visit Right Now

For the first time in a long time, the US dollar is strong while the euro and other European currencies are relatively weak, which means that a favorable exchange rate is on the horizon for American travelers. That also means this fall is the perfect time to embark on a European vacation, as prices …

Flying

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola - My future is undecided

Pep Guardiola has no offers from other clubs and has not made any decision on his future beyond the end of the season, the Bayern Munich boss has …

Soccer

Jose Mourinho: Rafael Benitez 'stopped believing' in John Terry almost ending his Chelsea career

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reopened his feud with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez after suggesting the Real Madrid manager almost ruined …

Wildlife

Maravilla: viaje de ida y vuelta

Paisajes de acuarela y cabañas románticas te esperan en este pueblo encantado<p>Villa del Carbón, en el Estado de México, tiene un secreto bien guardado …

Hacking of Korea's nuclear operator raises risk of aging reactor closures | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking of South Korea’s nuclear operator means the country’s second-oldest reactor may be shut permanently due to safety concerns, said several nuclear watchdog commissioners, raising the risk that other aging reactors may also be closed.<p>“The operator failed to prevent it …

South Korea