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U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES - U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend.

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Microsoft Xbox Live back up, Sony PlayStation Network still down

- Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live was back up on Friday while Sony Corp's PlayStation Network remained offline for a second day after a hacker group claimed responsibility for attacking the two Internet gaming services. | Video

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Syrian air force kills 45 civilians in stepped-up raids: monitor

AMMAN - At least 45 civilians were killed and some 175 wounded when aircraft bombed a northern Syrian city controlled by Islamic State, as Bashar al-Assad's government stepped up air raids, residents and a monitoring group said on Friday.

Japan says close to deal with South Korea and U.S. on North Korea defense

TOKYO - Japan, the United States and South Korea are close to reaching a deal on sharing and safeguarding sensitive information on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, Japan's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.

World, Russia 9:47am EST

Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange

KIEV - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan.

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Mourners to gather for slain New York policeman

NEW YORK - Hundreds of mourners were due to gather at a New York City church on Friday to pay their respects for one of two policemen shot by a black man who invoked the killings of unarmed black men by white officers as the reason for his actions.

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Iran expands 'smart' Internet censorship

DUBAI - Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday.