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Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State

TOKYO - The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. | Video

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Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

- Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

Tech, China 27 Jan 2015

Army says no decision made in Bergdahl investigation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army on Tuesday denied that a decision had been made to bring desertion charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last year in a controversial prisoner swap after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

27 Jan 2015

Yahoo sets Alibaba stake spinoff plan, shares jump

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.

China, Tech, Deals 27 Jan 2015

Obama and Saudi king discuss Iran, energy in symbolic visit

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region. | Video

Politics, Jordan 27 Jan 2015

Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI - Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade. | Video

World, United Nations, Libya 27 Jan 2015