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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan were working closely on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

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South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

PRETORIA - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

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AWS move, disclosure suggest Amazon yielding more to Wall Street

SAN FRANCISCO - After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Amazon.com Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street.

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Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

PHILADELPHIA - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as "sequestration," the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new conflict with Republicans in Congress.

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Oil on track for seventh monthly fall as supply glut weighs

LONDON - Oil prices were steady near $49 a barrel early on Friday with some support from new Chinese reserve regulations yet remained on track for a seventh monthly fall weighed by a global supply glut.

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Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again.

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