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Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 47 people aboard
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday with about 40 passengers and seven crew members on board, police and an airline spokesman said....

Frantic rescue underway in Indonesia as quake kills scores
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings....

As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce
BEIRUT (AP) -- Staring a punishing and brutal defeat in the face, several Syrian rebel factions on Wednesday proposed a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated....

NATO chief urges West to keep pressuring Russia over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Western allies to maintain diplomatic pressure and sanctions on Russia until it respects the peace agreement in Ukraine....

Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander - the latest gain in a massive military operation now its seventh week....

UK govt agrees to reveal details of Brexit talks plan
LONDON (AP) -- The House of Commons was set Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's March 31 deadline to open exit talks with the European Union, after the British government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan....

Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared
KANIFING, Gambia (AP) -- Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country....

Irish court orders Russian oligarch's assets unfrozen
DUBLIN (AP) -- A Dublin judge has ordered authorities to unfreeze 100 million euros ($107 million) in cash belonging to an exiled Russian oligarch, ruling that police had provided no evidence that the funds were illegally gained as Russia contends....

Key money-laundering monitor says Switzerland has work to do
GENEVA (AP) -- A monitoring group says Switzerland has achieved "good results" in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, but should strengthen its compliance controls, boost scrutiny on the use of cash and share information more with foreign authorities....

Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer says she has been arrested in relation to an investigation involving top rights campaigners accused of illegally receiving foreign funds for their NGOs....

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Middle East
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