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U.S. backed talks with ISIS over American hostage: newspaper

LONDON - U.S. counter-terrorism officials backed negotiations with two prominent jihadi clerics in a failed attempt to save the life of an American hostage who was later beheaded by Islamic State militants, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

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Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed despite truce: Kiev military

KIEV - Kiev's military said on Friday five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and seven wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours, a larger than normal death toll compared with recent weeks.

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Lawyers for two friends of accused Boston bombers due in court

BOSTON - Lawyers for two friends of the accused Boston Marathon bombers are due in court on Friday for separate hearings as the city braces for the January start of a trial focused on the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.

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Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

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Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

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Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. | Video

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Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

SYDNEY - Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on Friday, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing. | Video