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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

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Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after 30 killed in Sinai

CAIRO/ISMAILIA - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt, Africa 6:12am EST

Hostage-taker at Dutch TV had no terrorist links: police

AMSTERDAM - A man who forced his way into the studios of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organizations and acted alone, police said on Friday.

7:20am EST

Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting with rebels: Kiev military

KIEV - Ukraine's military reported more heavy fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine overnight into Friday and a spokesman said five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours.

6:40am EST

Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State faces long war

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall.

Syria, Iraq 6:28am EST

Blast at Pakistan Shi'ite mosque kills 20; more than 50 hurt

ISLAMABAD - At least 20 people were killed on Friday when an explosion ripped through a crowded Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur and left more than 50 injured, officials said.

6:30am EST

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