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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.

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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.

Syria 31 Jan 2015

Suspected U.S. drone strike kills al Qaeda militants in Yemen

ADEN - A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Saturday and possibly another drone crashed in a different part of the country, residents said.

Yemen 31 Jan 2015

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, the military and a Palestinian security official said.

United Nations, Israel 31 Jan 2015

Exclusive: FBI says it had no prior knowledge of deadly Philippine raid targeting militants

WASHINGTON - The FBI had no prior knowledge of a police raid in the Philippines last Sunday to arrest wanted militants that went awry and left 44 police dead, an FBI spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

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Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missing

KIRKUK, Iraq - Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier on Saturday, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear. | Video

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