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New Taliban leader purportedly rejects peace process 'propaganda'

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — In an audio message, a speaker purported to be the Taliban's new leader denies that the Sunni Islamist group is attempting to work toward a peace process with the Afghan government.

"When we hear about different processes including the peace process, they are all the …

Afghanistan

2 airliners have 100-foot near miss with drone above New York

(CNN) — Two airplanes flying near one of the nation's busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight's radio calls.

The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, …

Drones

After months of mystery, MH370 answers could come soon

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island (CNN) — Debris found on an island in the western Indian Ocean arrived at a laboratory near Toulouse, France, on Saturday, where investigators will use sophisticated technology to determine whether it belongs to long-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Investigators seem …

Airplanes

Clintons earned nearly $141M from 2007 to 2014, tax returns show

(CNN) — Hillary and Bill Clinton earned nearly $141 million over the course of eight years and paid $43 million in federal taxes, according to tax returns her campaign released Friday.

In a lengthy statement and on her campaign website, Clinton detailed that she and her husband, former President …

Bill Clinton

Plane crashes at auto festival in UK

(CNN) — Police in Cheshire, England, said they are responding to reports of a plane crash at CarFest, a car and music festival.

The Press Association of UK said that the plane nose-dived during a display and crashed at Oulton Park on Saturday. The pilot of the plane has died, said CarFest founder …

Aeronautics

UK plane crash kills members of Bin Laden family, police say

London (CNN) — Three members of Osama bin Laden's family were among four people killed in a small plane crash in southern England, British police said.

The plane crashed Friday at a car auction site on the property of Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, to the west of London, Hampshire fire and rescue …

United Kingdom

Can Zimbabwe have lion's killer extradited?

(CNN) — As the controversy boils over Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer's killing of a lion in Zimbabwe, some -- including Zimbabwe -- have called for Palmer's extradition to Zimbabwe to stand trial. Can the southern African nation bring the American big-game-hunting dentist back to stand trial in …

Zimbabwe

1 firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfires

(CNN) — A firefighter battling one of the large wildfires burning in California died in the line of duty this week, the U.S. Forest Service said.

David Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota, lost his life fighting the Frog Fire in far northern California's Modoc National Forest, near Adin. Rescuers found …

Firefighting

Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion

(CNN) — As outrage grows over the killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe has called on the United States to extradite the American dentist who shot the prized big cat.

Zimbabwe has started extradition proceedings and hopes the United States will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's …

Zimbabwe

Pennsylvania inmate, accused of killing woman, is back in custody

(CNN) — An escaped inmate killed a woman in her home before he was captured, according to authorities in western Pennsylvania.

Police said inmate Robert Crissman "walked away" from the Armstrong County Jail on Thursday morning and killed 55-year-old Tammy Long shortly after his escape.

Crissman, who …

Time Warner

Negotiations stall on biggest free trade deal ever, the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will have to wait longer to announce the biggest free trade deal in history.

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators wrapped up their most recent round of talks in Hawaii on Friday without reaching an agreement on what would be a 12-country pact that …

Foreign Policy

Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

(CNN) — Japanese police have arrested the head of the Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange company over the loss of a "massive amount" of the virtual online currency.

Mark Karpeles was detained Saturday, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement.

He is suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system and …

Asia

1 firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfires

(CNN) — A firefighter battling a wildfire in California died in the line of duty this week, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

David Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota, lost his life fighting the Frog Fire near Adin, California. Rescuers searched for him overnight, and found his body Friday, …

California

Encryption a growing threat to security

(CNN) — Back in the 1970s and '80s, Americans asked private companies to divest from business dealings with the apartheid government of South Africa. In more recent years, federal and state law enforcement officials have asked -- and required -- Internet service providers to crack down on the …

Security

Roddy Piper, pro wrestling 'bad guy,' dies at 61

(CNN) — He once cracked another wrestler over the head with a coconut. He kicked singer Cyndi Lauper in the head. He mesmerized fans as he fired frenzied insults and threats at opponents.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper -- the kilt-wearing heel who headlined the first WrestleMania and helped the WWE push other …

Roddy Piper

Palestinian toddler's death sparks protests; teen killed

(CNN) — A Palestinian teen died Saturday after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes sparked by the killing of a toddler in an arson attack, Palestinian medical officials said.

Laith Fadel Khaldi, 17, was pronounced dead after suffering bullets wounds Friday -- one to his chest and one to his …

Middle East

What happened? MH370 and other aviation mysteries

(CNN) — The puzzling disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner last year is not the first time a plane has vanished without a trace.

As investigators analyze new debris from an Indian Ocean island to determine whether it's wreckage from the missing MH370, here are other cases of plane disappearances and …

Aviation

Mets' Flores goes from tears to cheers

(CNN) — Talk about a swing of emotions.

Just two days ago, Wilmer Flores was in tears during a game over rampant rumors that the Mets would trade him. On Friday night, he got a big welcome at the plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning that gave the Mets a victory.

Flores, who has …

New York Mets

Israeli police: Palestinian toddler killed, relatives injured in 'price tag' attack

(CNN) — A Palestinian's home was burned during a "price tag" attack Friday that killed a toddler and critically injured at least three other relatives, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

The injured were the toddler's parents and a brother, said Ghassan Douglass, a Palestinian official in …

Middle East

After 500 days of mystery, MH370 answers could come soon

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island (CNN) — Debris believed to be from a Boeing 777 -- and possibly missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 -- is headed to France, where investigators hope sophisticated technology will help unravel a mystery nearly a year and a half in the making.

The debris -- which …

Airplanes

Trump campaign investigating staffer's Facebook posts

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump's presidential campaign is investigating a staffer after racially-charged Facebook posts he allegedly wrote were uncovered Friday.

Sam Nunberg, a Trump political adviser, allegedly wrote racially-charged and disparaging political posts dating back to 2007, including …

Facebook

The government's most macabre collection

(CNN) — Not far from Denver's abandoned Stapleton International Airport sits what's probably the saddest, most macabre collection of property owned by the U.S. government.

Officially, it's called the National Wildlife Property Repository.

In reality, it holds thousands of confiscated animal items …

Ivory Trade

Searching for illegal animal imports

The illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion dollar business. CNN's Drew Griffin talks to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services official about the problem.

Animals

O'Malley's criminal justice plan: Abolish death penalty, reclassify marijuana

Miami (CNN) — Martin O'Malley on Friday unveiled his proposals for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system, vowing to reform police departments, abolish the death penalty and address overcrowding in prisons.

"America's criminal justice system is badly in need of reform. For too long, our …

Civil Liberties

Lynn Anderson, 'Rose Garden' singer, dies at 67

(CNN) — Lynn Anderson, whose version of the song "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" was one of the biggest country hits of the 1970s, has died. She was 67.

Anderson died Thursday of a heart attack at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville after being admitted for pneumonia, publicist Mark Logsdon told …

Lynn Anderson

Libyan symbol of freedom now facing years behind bars

(CNN) — On a February evening last year, a Libyan woman confronted two patrons at the Bohemian Biergarten in downtown Boulder, Colorado. She poured her beer on one of the customers and later threw a glass at the other, leaving a bloody gash serious enough for sutures.

Boulder police arrested the …

Denver

Latest Hillary Clinton email batch: 'H' learns how to email

Washington (CNN) — The State Department on Friday released the latest batch of emails Hillary Clinton sent and received during her time as Secretary of State.

Here are the most interesting nuggets:

Clinton read up on how to email

Years before Clinton's emails became public record, Clinton decided to …

Democrats

Florida rejects mother's complaint about baby's death after heart surgery

Atlanta (CNN) — The state of Florida has declined to investigate a complaint from a mother whose baby died after heart surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, which CNN found had a high mortality rate for pediatric open-heart surgeries from 2011 to 2013.

In a July 20 letter, a …

Heart Surgery

How outrage over Cecil the lion killing misses the point

(CNN) — Of all the stories you heard in the news in the past few days, which one moved you the most? Which outraged you, brought you to tears, led you to action? Which did you talk about with your friends, post on Facebook, discuss on Twitter? If the answer is the killing of Cecil the lion, you are …

Time Warner

Meet the megadonors: Inside the big money shaping 2016

Washington (CNN) — Presidential hopefuls have courted the nation's billionaires for years, and this week we'll see whose entreaties were most well received.

Each candidate's super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations as long as they don't coordinate spending with the campaign, will file their …

Fundraising