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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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Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt....
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Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan security official says gunmen have stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners and have taken hostages after killing at least three guards....
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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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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 on Tuesday raided a small town in the south that is known as a center for the jihadi recruiting networks that have sent hundreds of French youths to fighting in Syria and Iraq....
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Judge opens inquiry into death of ex-Russian spy Litvinenko
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge is opening an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006....
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Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The city that boasts the world's tallest building is now home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too....
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