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    Plane crashes have claimed many famous lives

    Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA, died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk. Margerie was among many renowned people whose lives have ended in a plane crash.


    Student leaders face Hong Kong city elders in televised debate

    Student protest leaders on Tuesday debated Hong Kong officials on the future of democracy in this one-time British colony, the first time the two sides have confronted one another since street demonstrations erupted in late September.


    Pistorius gets 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

    Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. He could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder under house arrest, according to legal experts.


    US: 1 of 3 Americans released from North Korea

    North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held.


    Mexico’s human rights chief faces charges he’s inept, cares little

    As Mexico’s national human rights ombudsman, Raul Plascencia Villanueva oversees a sizable corps of investigators who look into the atrocities and massacres that commonly put the country in the headlines.


    Sitting on a gold mine: El Salvador dispute to be decided in D.C.

    Somewhere trapped in the earth below Francisco Pineda’s feet are an estimated 1.4 million ounces of gold, and he wants the ore to stay there. An Australian mining company wants to extract the metal. But it’s not up to Pineda, or OceanaGold Corp. It’s up to 3 judges, in Washington...


    Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government...


    Mexican rights body alleges troops murdered 15

    Soldiers killed as many as 15 people after they surrendered in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, according to a scathing National Human Rights Commission report that lays out allegations of threats, torture, fake autopsies and crime-scene manipulation designed to cover up the...


    Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi

    He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.


    Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash

    Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk.

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