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By Hamid Ould Ahmed and Tiemoko Diallo ALGIERS/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Two French Mirage fighter jets and United Nations helicopters on Thursday had for hours hunted for the wreck of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane in remote northern Mali, a region prey to scattered Islamist militants and Tuareg separatist fighters. Malian state television said the wreckage of the flight was discovered between the town of Gossi and the Burkina Faso border.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - 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. Greste, an award-winning foreign correspondent, was detained in December together with Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed. The three were convicted of aiding a terrorist group - the Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted president Mohamed Mursi - in a trial that was widely criticised outside of Egypt for its paucity of evidence and the shambolic way it was conducted. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi quickly dispelled hopes that he might issue a pardon following the trial, leaving the journalists with no choice but to try to win their freedom through the country's criminal justice system.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.
Registrars should be given the power to refuse to conduct marriages they believe are "bogus", MPs said in a warning that more needed to be done to counter what had become an immigration scam "industry".
Bradley Wiggins is turning his back on "cut-throat" road racing and has ruled out competing in any more grand tours, the 2012 Tour de France champion said on Thursday. Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time. "That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can't imagine doing that now." Wiggins, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, has not raced a grand tour since pulling out of last year's Giro D'Italia.
British house prices grew at their slowest rate in over a year in July in the latest sign that Britain's housing market may be starting to cool, a survey showed on Friday. House prices rose by 0.1 percent this month - the slowest growth rate since February 2013 - easing from a 0.3 percent increase in June, according to property analysts Hometrack. Britain's housing market has had a rapid recovery this year, with prices rising more than 11 percent and more than double that in London by one measure.
By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy is set to pass a landmark on Friday when official data will probably show that it is bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago. Gross domestic product is expected to have kept up the same strong pace as in the first three months of the year, expanding by 0.8 percent in the April-June period, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Britain's economy largely flat-lined after a 2008-09 recession. "It's welcome news that the UK economy is starting to move back to normal.