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Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

AMMAN/TOKYO - Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset. | Video

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Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident', airline to proceed with compensation

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia declared on Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims' relatives while the search for the plane goes on.

Gas truck blast rocks Mexico hospital; seven dead, dozens unaccounted for

MEXICO CITY - A gas truck explosion decimated large parts of a maternity hospital west of Mexico City on Thursday, killed at least seven people, including three children, and leaving many others missing, officials said.

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Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is getting worse

OTTAWA - The wife of a Saudi rights activist, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year, said Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not possibly survive the full punishment.

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Italy lawmakers fail to elect president in first vote

ROME - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a state president in the first round of voting on Thursday, with no candidate coming close to the required threshold of two thirds of those eligible to vote.

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Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack of pressure for change could have serious implications for millions of people, experts say.

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