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Pentagon: Military dog seized by Taliban isn't ours

The Pentagon says a military dog seized by the Taliban in Afghanistan doesn't belong to U.S. forces, contrary to the Taliban's claim, but rather belongs to an ally force, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said Thursday.

Hundreds freed after rebels seize Syrian prison

Rebels and jihadi fighters in Syria seized control of a major prison in war-torn Aleppo from government forces on Thursday, freeing hundreds of prisoners after months of clashes, human rights groups and activists said.

Ex-teacher now runs drug cartel

Channel 4 News reporter Guillermo Galdos tracks down Mexico's "La Tuta," a former school teacher who now runs a cartel.

Sharks get image makeover

Not since Mickey Mouse raised the profile of the common house rodent has an animal enjoyed such an extreme makeover, but sharks -- once the subject of guts-and-gore horror classics like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea -- have entered the new millennium as "beautiful creatures."

Is Sochi ready?

From concerns over security to outrage over reports that stray dogs are being poisoned, Sochi has been rocked by a series of unflattering headlines. Is it really ready to host the Winter Olympics?

Castaway's health declines

After showing signs of improvement, Jose Salvador Alvarenga's health has deteriorated on the Marshall Islands, a Mexican official said.

Fighting female genital mutilation

The U.N. says as many as 140 million women have been forced to undergo genital mutilation. CNN's Saima Mohsin reports.

Poll: Sochi attack likely, Americans say

With two days to go before the Winter Olympics open in the Russian city of Sochi, more than half of Americans think a terrorist attack on the Games is likely, a poll shows.

Questions remain a decade after Beslan siege

First there was the blast, and then as sight as surreal as it was ghastly. Dozens of children, naked bar their underwear, running barefoot into the village, peppered with blood, screaming.

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