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Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis....
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Kurds press offensive after driving IS group from Syria town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Kurdish fighters are advancing after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani a day earlier....
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Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners Tuesday, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said....
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Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes....
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Greek bailout critic says he will be new finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic wrote in a blog post Tuesday that he will be sworn in as finance minister under the country's new left-wing government....
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Israel says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights
JERUSALEM (AP) -- At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military said....
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Ukraine: Intensified fighting kills 9 troops, wounds 29
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine says that intensified fighting against Russia-backed separatists has left nine servicemen dead and 29 wounded over the past day....
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Facebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide....
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Russia announces anti-crisis plan after rating downgrade
MOSCOW (AP) -- After a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit grade to "junk" status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017....
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Police raid southern French town with strong jihadi network
PARIS (AP) -- French security forces detained five people Tuesday and broke up a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town that has sent several French youths to fight in Syria and Iraq, the interior minister said....
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