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Militants Free American Woman, Caitlan Coleman, and Family in Afghanistan

Militans free American and family from Pakistan

An American woman and three children released by a Taliban-linked group are still in Pakistan after her Canadian husband declined to board a plane to the U.S., three American officials said Thursday.

Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from Pennsylvania, and Canadian Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the militants while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012. Coleman was pregnant when she was captured, and the couple had three children while being held.


Aircraft, weapons data stolen from Australian defense contractor

Aircraft, weapons data stolen from Australian contractorAn unidentified hacker stole information on F-35 fighters, P-8 surveillance planes and C-130 aircraft from a small Australian defense sub-contractor.

The hack, which came to light in a threat report from the Australian Cyber Security Center, infiltrated the unidentified company's computer network in July 2016. It was not discovered and reported to the government until November.


Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation agreement in Cairo

Hamas, fatah sign reconciliation pact

Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday, as part of an effort to end a decade-long rift.

The announcement comes after representatives from Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) convened in Cairo on Tuesday to implement a unity agreement that was signed in 2011 but not put into action.


US withdraws from UNESCO

US Withdrawal from UNESCOThe US has announced it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, accusing the body of "anti-Israel bias".

Heather Nauert, US state department spokesperson, said on Thursday the US would establish an "observer mission" to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency.


Fukushima Residents Win $4.4M Payout in Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima residents win settlement

A court in Japan has ordered the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to pay 500m yen (£3.37m) in damages to residents affected by the March 2011 triple meltdown.

The ruling by the Fukushima district court follows an earlier decision that also found the government accountable for the disaster, in which large quantities of radiation was released and tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.


Bolivians honor Che Guevara 50 years after CIA execution

Che Guevara In the remote corner of eastern Bolivia where Ernesto "Che" Guevara died, thousands gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death at the hands of the CIA-trained Bolivian military.

All four of Che's children, along with Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, and delegations from Venezuela and Cuba, came to pay their respects in the small town of Vallegrande on Monday.


Natural History Museum crash: Man released by police

UK police release driver in NH Museum accidentA man arrested following a crash outside London's Natural History Museum has been released under investigation, police said.

The 47-year-old had been questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Eleven people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident, involving a Black Toyota Prius, in South Kensington on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police said it was not "terrorist-related" and is appealing for witnesses.


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