AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from the Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian hostage also held by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by Thursday. Full Article
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ATHENS - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors by halting privatization plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. Full Article
Audio message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto says a Jordanian pilot held by IS militants will be killed, unless an Iraqi female prisoner held by Jordan is released by Thursday sunset. Mana Rabiee reports.