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Search for missing Malaysian plane shifts...Sunni extremists attack Christian villages...US to disband anti-terror force in Philippines

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.



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SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian official says he's confident that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was flying on autopilot when it disappeared March 8 while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing. Australia's transport minister says the search for the plane will shift even farther south of an area of the southern Indian Ocean.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Christian villagers in northern Iraq are fleeing into Kurdish-controlled territory after being bombarded with artillery from Islamic insurgents. The Sunni extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized large swathes of Iraq and is trying to carve out a purist Islamic enclave on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border. Syrian warplanes have bomb bombing Sunni militant positions inside Iraq.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force comprising hundreds of elite military forces. For more than a decade the task forced helped fight al-Qaida-linked militants in the southern Philippines.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Congressman Charles Rangel is declaring victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary. But his challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ah-dree-AH'-noh ehs-peye-YAHT') could mount a legal challenge. In unofficial results, Rangel led Espaillat by fewer than 2,000 votes, and elections officials say the number of absentee and provisional ballots is not sufficient for Espaillat to make up the difference. In 2012, Espaillat lost to Rangel by about 1,000 votes. Rangel is seeking a 23rd term in Congress.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The head of the Alaska Department of Public safety is calling it a wrap on a reality show featuring state troopers. "Alaska State Troopers" has aired on the National Geographic Channel for five years. But agency director, Col. James Cockrell, says it's time for troopers to get back to doing their jobs without any added distractions.

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