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Crashed Taiwan plane hoisted from river; 25 confirmed dead

Taiwan plane crashRescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in a crash that killed at least 25 others.

Flight 235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.


Jordan executes Qaeda prisoners, vows to avenge ISIL killing of pilot

Jordan executes prisonersThe father of a Jordanian fighter pilot burned to death by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has demanded further revenge against the group, as Jordan’s vow of an “earth-shattering” response to the ISIL killing began with the execution of two Al-Qaeda-linked prisoners Wednesday.

Would-be Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Al-Qaeda member Ziad al-Karbouli were hanged at dawn — a day after gruesome footage of the burning death of ISIL captive Moaz al-Kassasbeh emerged.


Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found at Dead Prosecutor’s Home

Argentinian presidentAlberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.

The 26-page document, which was found in the garbage at Mr. Nisman’s apartment, also requested the arrest of Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister. Both Mrs. Kirchner and Mr. Timerman have repeatedly denied Mr. Nisman’s accusation that they tried to reach a secret deal with Iran to lift international arrest warrants for Iranian officials wanted in connection with the bombing.


Snowden addresses Toronto high school audience

SnowdenFugitive Edward Snowden, speaking via the Internet to a high school conference in Canada, urged caution over proposed anti-terrorism laws.

"We saw on Friday the Prime Minister of Canada proposed a new law," Snowden, speaking from Russia, told the audience of about 1,000 high school students gathered at Upper Canada College, a private K-12 school in Toronto. He urged them to "be very careful" when governments attempt to set up new powers.

"Once we let these powers get rolling, it's very difficult to stop that pull through," Snowden said. The new legislation would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service power to disrupt suspected terrorists' bank accounts and travel plans to prevent a terrorist attack.


IS video shows Jordan pilot burned to death

Jordanian pilot killed by ISISA video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange.

The video appeared aimed at testing Jordan's continuing participation in the U.S.-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group. Jordan's king, a close Western ally, has portrayed the campaign against the extremists as a battle over values, but the airstrikes against fellow Muslims are not popular in Jordan.


Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

Mexico expands heroin productionRed and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.

The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.  Mexican farmers from three villages interviewed by The Associated Press are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia.


Egypt upholds death sentences of 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters

Egyptian brotherhood prisonersAn Egyptian court upheld the death sentence convictions of 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters for its apparent role in the deaths of more than a dozen police officers.

A police station near Cairo was attacked in 2013 after the crackdown by Egyptian military forces against the Muslim Brotherhood which led to the removal the elected President Mohammed Morsi.


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