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Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week....
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Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan....
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Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
BERLIN (AP) -- Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94....
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Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down....
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IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique....
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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas....
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Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday....
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Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth
CHONGLI, China (AP) -- Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics....
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Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday....
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IS fighters acknowledge defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani....
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