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Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

TOKYO - Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.

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Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll

PERTH, Australia - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating.

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Chad army says kills 120 Boko Haram militants in Cameroon

N'DJAMENA - Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighbouring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed.

Africa, Mali 31 Jan 2015

In red heartlands, Thai army keeps a lid on dissent

KHON KAEN, Thailand - In the northeastern Thai city of Khon Kaen, Pongpit Onlamai, a prominent anti-junta "red shirt" member, points to a man seated in the corner of the cafe fidgeting with his phone.

Thailand 31 Jan 2015

U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday.

Syria 31 Jan 2015

Suspected U.S. drone strike kills al Qaeda militants in Yemen

ADEN - A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Saturday and possibly another drone crashed in a different part of the country, residents said.

Yemen 31 Jan 2015

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