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Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militants....
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Israel-Lebanon border calm day after escalation
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war....
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Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu
JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up....
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News Guide: A look at the Islamic State hostage crisis
A new message purportedly from Islamic State group militants holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot sets yet another deadline to meet their demands. Here's a look at the latest twists and turns in this crisis....
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As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows....
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Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- The head of Russia's delegation to Europe's human rights watchdog says the country will suspend its role after losing its right to vote....
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Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage....
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Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers
PARIS (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism....
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Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever
LONDON (AP) -- The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday....
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Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group's reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent of coordination with leaders in Syria and Iraq....
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