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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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China expels top police official from Communist Party

BEIJING - A top police official under investigation for corruption has been expelled from China's ruling Communist Party, the country's top anti-graft body said on Friday.

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Death toll in Pakistan Shi'ite mosque explosion jumps to 40

ISLAMABAD - The death toll in a major explosion targeting a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur rose to 40 on Friday, a local doctor said.

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Philippine leader vows justice for police but warns on anger

MANILA - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday promised justice for 44 policemen killed in a clash with Muslim rebels but, underscoring his calls for the violence not to derail peace efforts, warned against an angry response to the violence.

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Attacker opens fire at Istanbul police post, no casualties: Turkish TV

ISTANBUL - A woman armed with a machinegun opened fire on a police post in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Friday but initial reports suggested there were no casualties, Turkey's NTV television reported.

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Thai 'confidence' in anti-trafficking record belied by statistics

BANGKOK - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders.

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