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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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U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country

GENEVA/TRIPOLI - Libya's warring factions who operate rival governments have agreed "in principle" to move future negotiations on ending the crisis from Geneva back to the war-ravaged country, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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In violent Venezuela, police killings surge to almost one a day

CARACAS - After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike. | Video

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Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

KIEV - Five Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians have been killed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's separatist eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Thursday, reporting no let-up in violent clashes with pro-Russian rebels.

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Moscow-hosted Syria talks end, sides agree to meet again

MOSCOW - Representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition figures have agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow, moderator Vitaly Naumkin said on Thursday, but the date had not yet been set.

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Greece says Dijsselbloem visit will kick off debt talks

ATHENS - This week's visit to Athens by the head of the euro zone finance ministers' group will mark the start of Greece's negotiations on changing the conditions of its international bailout accord, the finance ministry said in a statement.

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