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Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

TOKYO - Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice. | Video

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Chad army says kills 120 Boko Haram militants in Cameroon

N'DJAMENA - Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighbouring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed.

World, Africa, Mali 31 Jan 2015

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue

- The auto industry's air bag troubles deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to.

31 Jan 2015

Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame

MINSK/KIEV - Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed on Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress towards a new ceasefire but with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys angrily accusing each other of sabotaging the meeting. | Video

31 Jan 2015

U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday.

World, Syria 31 Jan 2015

Germany, ECB play hardball with Greece

BERLIN/HELSINKI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package.

31 Jan 2015
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A week in and Greece's new leftist PM sticks to tough line, for now

ATHENS - Judging from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first week in office, Greece's new leftist government is determined to take the hard-line, anti-bailout stance that international investors and European leaders had feared.