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At least 16 dead, dozens missing in Nepal after landslides bury villages

Nepal village buriedMore than a dozen people have died already in western Nepal, officials said, after heavy rains triggered landslides that buried two villages there Thursday.

So far at least 16 people are reported dead from the slides, which are somewhat common in Nepal's mountainous regions during the monsoon months. Dozens more are missing.


Turkey launches heavy assault on Kurds in Iraq

Turkish assau;t on KurdsTurkey on Tuesday launched its heaviest assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq since commencing its airstrike campaign against them last week. The overnight assault started shortly after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish-Kurdish peace process has become impossible.

The strikes hit six Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets, including shelters and arms depots near the group's mountainous stronghold in Qandil, according to a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office.


Plane piece found on Reunion island investigated for link to missing Malaysia Airlines jet

plane wing foundAuthorities on the small Indian Ocean island of Reunion are investigating whether a piece of a jet that washed ashore is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared 16 months ago.

No sign has been seen of the missing jet, or the 239 people aboard, since it took off March 8, 2014, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing. The plane is believed to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean, far off of Australia's western coast, but 16 months of intensive searching has not yielded any evidence of a crash site.


As anger at US hunter grows, aides to illegal Cecil lion hunt go to court

CecilTwo Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion named Cecil were in court on Wednesday as anger escalated over the kill by Walter James Palmer, an American dentist.

"If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property ... he needs to be extradited, charged and, preferably, hanged," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement Wednesday. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press, came from Ingrid Newkirk, the president of the animal rights organization.


Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

Settlement demolitionIsraeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

The move, which is likely to draw international rebuke, comes amid a standoff in Beit El settlement, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Jerusalem.


Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death

Ghaddafi son sentencedA Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

The former Gaddafi regime officials sentenced to die by firing squad included former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Sadiq al-Sur, chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor's office, told a televised news conference in the capital.


Search for missing Mexican students turns up 129 bodies unrelated to case

Mexico bodiesThe search for 43 Mexican student teachers who disappeared after they were attacked by cartel gunmen and corrupt municipal police officers in September has unearthed the bodies of at least 129 other murder victims.

The corpses were found in 60 clandestine graves across Guerrero, the southern state where the youths vanished 10 months ago, the attorney general’s office said on Monday. None is thought to be linked to the case of the students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college.


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