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Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN - Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. | Video

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Litvinenko post-mortem was world's most dangerous ever, UK inquiry hears

LONDON - Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope London in 2006, carried out the world's most dangerous-ever post-mortem, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.

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Obama's pick for attorney general faces heated confirmation debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the Obama administration and the new Republican Congress.

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Exclusive: EU draft would extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine escalation

BRUSSELS - The EU has prepared a draft statement for the foreign ministers of its 28 members to agree to extend sanctions against Russia by six months, add new people to the sanctions list and prepare new measures.

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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. | Video

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. | Video

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South Carolina court to clear 'Friendship Nine' of civil rights crimes

- Black civil rights protesters who helped reinvigorate the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters will appear in a South Carolina court on Wednesday to be celebrated instead of criminalized for standing up to racial injustice.