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Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....
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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist....
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South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock's victims are struggling to accept his release....
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Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"...
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Egyptian officials raise death toll of Sinai attacks to 32
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian health officials have raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night....
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Death toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35....
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Russia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop
MOSCOW (AP) -- In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy....
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Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents....
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Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said....
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Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man....
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