Taliban capture district in Afghanistan’s Helmand province

Afghanistan’s Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own. News of the fighting came a day after the government said elusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died in Pakistan more than two years ago. Officials in Helmand said the Taliban has Now Zad district on Wednesday after two days of fighting.
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U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South China Sea. Amy Searight, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, said Washington welcomed EU calls for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the sea and respect for international law. “It would be helpful if the EU would be a little more clear in terms of backing up these principles,” she told a discussion on U.S. and EU policies toward East Asia at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

A relative of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 uses her phone at a remembrance event for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the one year anniversary of its disappearance, in Kuala LumpurBy Tim Hepher and Lincoln Feast PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) – France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777 but that it had not yet been established if it came from MH370. Search efforts led by Australia have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.



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Authorities study plane debris found off Africa for links to Flight MH370

A relative of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 uses her phone at a remembrance event for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the one year anniversary of its disappearance, in Kuala LumpurPARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) – France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Africa but it was too early to say if it came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A source familiar with the matter said the debris was most likely from a Boeing 777, but that it was not yet established if it was from MH370. A U.S. official said air safety investigators had a "high degree of confidence" the debris was from the same model as MH370, the Associated Press reported.



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