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Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN - Jordan offered on Wednesday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was freed. | Video

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Amnesty calls for U.N. sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya

TRIPOLI - Rights group Amnesty International called on Wednesday for targeted U.N. sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.

United Nations, Libya 10:46am EST

Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.

Russia 12:54pm EST

France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site

PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

France, Syria, Iraq 11:15am EST

Libyan carrier halts flights after crew killed in Tripoli hotel attack

TRIPOLI - Libyan carrier Buraq Airlines said on Wednesday it had suspended all flights for two days after one of its air crews was killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli.

Libya, United Nations 12:30pm EST

Russia's Putin meets with Iranian presidential envoy: Kremlin

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, met with the envoy of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin said in a statement on Wednesday.

Davos 11:49am EST

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