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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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South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday....
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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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Egypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers....
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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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Russia cuts key rate to help economy, but ruble drops
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank has cut a key interest rate, which it had hiked in previous months to support the ruble, in order to help the economy....
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Death toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed....
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Senior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters have been killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq....
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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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Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settlement watchdog group says the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state....
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