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Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. | Video

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Italian presidential vote to test Renzi government's stability

ROME - The unity of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party and the strength of his alliance on reforms with opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi will be tested on Thursday with a parliamentary vote to choose a new president.

Italy 6:44am EST

Greece misinterpreted over Russia sanctions: minister

ATHENS - Greece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected suggestions that complaints from Athens over a European Union statement on Ukraine meant it was preparing to veto sanctions against Russia.

Russia, Greece 7:14am EST

U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country

TRIPOLI - Libya's warring factions who operate rival governments have agreed "in principle" to hold future talks to end the crisis in Libya, moving the negotiations away from Geneva, the United Nations said on Thursday.

United Nations, Libya 6:18am EST

Suspected al Qaeda gunmen kill two soldiers in Yemen's oil province

ADEN, Yemen - Two Yemeni soldiers were killed and two wounded when they were ambushed while on patrol by suspected al Qaeda militants in the central province of Marib, a regional official said on Thursday.

Yemen 5:57am EST

French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash: investigators

JAKARTA - The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just before the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator said on Thursday. | Video

Indonesia 6:22am EST

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