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Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

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Baghdad's Christians gather defiantly for Christmas Eve mass

BAGHDAD - Baghdad’s embattled Christian community worshipped defiantly Wednesday night at Christmas Eve mass.

24 Dec 2014

Somali rebels say attacking main African Union base in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab attacked the main African Union peacekeeping base in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, a spokesman for the group said.

Africa, United Nations 7:41am EST

China says hopes Japan stays on 'path of peace' with new minister

BEIJING - China hopes that Japan continues down the "path of peace", the defense ministry said on Thursday, in Beijing's first direct reaction to the appointment of a new Japanese defense minister who has a desire for a stronger pre-emptive strike capability.

China, Japan 5:06am EST

India's military hunts rebels after deadly attacks in remote state

GUWAHATI, India - India deployed military helicopters to hunt down tribal militants in the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday after rebels killed 75 people this week, the deadliest in the remote area in years.

3:47am EST

Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup.

China, Thailand 12:31am EST

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