Safi Yousef (C), father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, asks the Islamic State to pardon his son in Amman January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan still holding prisoner as deadline passes

AMMAN/TOKYO - Jordan said it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline set by Islamic State militants passed for her release.  Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims drop sharply to near 15-year low 11:48am EST

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market.

Free Syrian Army fighters rush to help their fellow fighter after he was shot by a sniper loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's Salaheddine neighbourhood October 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

More than 200,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which began in 2011 with popular protests against President Bashar al-Assad and spiraled into civil war.  Slideshow | Related Story 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

Lockheed Martin inducts the 15th C-5 Galaxy transport to become a C-5M Super Galaxy into its Marietta, Georgia, facilities, in this October 18, 2012 handout photograph released on October 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Handout

Obama to propose spending lift for military

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in U.S. domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration."  Full Article 

Police officers stand near the body of Anzoategui state policeman Mario Figueroa after he was shot dead in Barcelona, in the state of Anzoategui January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Nearly one cop killed per day in Venezuela

CARACAS -"If I put a criminal in jail, he'll be out within days, and without doubt, he'll look for me in my house to shoot me dead. And on police salaries, we can't live in luxury mansions but in 'barrios' or lower middle-class zones right next to the gangs."  Full Article 

A camel rests at a fuel station in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

As gas prices drop, Americans favor oil exports

NEW YORK - Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.  Full Article | Video 

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Co-pilot was at AirAsia controls

Information from downed AirAsia's black boxes show the co-pilot was controlling the plane prior to the crash.  Video | Full Article