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France rules out Air Algerie jet was shot down, says chances of survivors 'out of question'

Investigators at the scene of the crash had concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. Disastrous week for airline industry

Jordan downs drone near Syria border: official

Jordan shot down a drone on Friday as it flew over the northeastern region of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, a security official said.

Iran confirms arrest of WaPo correspondent

Tehran's chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Investigators head to Air Algerie crash site, first images emerge

French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in Mali. France's interior minister said on Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather.

McDonald's Japan halts sales, imports of chicken from China after scandal

McDonald's said on Friday that all of its Japanese restaurants had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in the wake of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants.

South Korea ferry businessman's cause of death impossible to decide

South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that capsized and killed more than 300 people in April.

Al Jazeera journalists to appeal against conviction and jail term in Egypt

Three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month for up to ten years on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation will appeal their convictions, the family of imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Friday.

Spared Sudanese Christian woman who faced death for faith meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

McDonald's takes chicken nuggets off menu in Hong Kong amid food scare

McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it had imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the US-owned company at the centre of a food safety scare in China.

Russia shelling Ukraine in new escalation: US

The United States on Thursday said Russia was shelling Ukrainian military targets from across the border, which, it said, established Moscow’s direct and escalating involvement.

Now, China plans new rail link close to Arunachal Pradesh

China will soon start construction of a new railway line in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh, even as another rail link bordering Sikkim is set to become operational next month, enhancing mobility of its military in the remote and strategic Himalayan region.

Did ISIS order mass female genital mutilation?

The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group ISIS had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.

MH17, AH5017, GE222 mark a black week for civil aviation

The civil aviation industry has suffered one of its worst weeks ever, with the loss of three airliners Air Algerie Flight AH5017, TransAsia Airways domestic Flight GE222 and Malaysia Airways Flight MH17 on three continents.

Air travel is still safe, say experts

Are you planning to fly in coming weeks? With three air crashes within a week, chances are, you must be feeling jittery. Well, fret not. If aviation experts are to be believed, the spate of bad aviation news is just a coincidence.

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.
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