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Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

AMMAN/TOKYO - Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset. | Video

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Gas truck blast rocks Mexico hospital; seven dead, dozens missing

MEXICO CITY - A gas truck explosion decimated large parts of a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least seven people including three children, and leaving many others missing, officials said.

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Alibaba quarterly revenue disappoints, shares fall

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares fell more than 10 percent early on Thursday, wiping more than $25 billion of market value after third quarter revenue at the Chinese internet giant fell short of analysts' expectations. | Video

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Lindsey Graham to test 2016 Republican presidential waters

WASHINGTON - South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday formed a political organization to explore a potential run for his party's presidential nomination, the latest high-profile politician to test the 2016 waters.

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Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs

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,' a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress.

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Ford profit beats estimates, but European outlook worsens

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co on Thursday said it would keep relying on North America for its profit this year as the No. 2 U.S. automaker signaled that losses in Europe would be more than previously forecast.

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Exclusive: CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push

ATLANTA - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps, agency officials tell Reuters.