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Jordan says ready to free Iraqi militant if pilot released

AMMAN - Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released.

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EU to extend Russia sanctions, add new names, prepare new steps

BRUSSELS - The European Union will extend by six months sanctions imposed on Russia last March over its annexation of Crimea, add new people to those under sanctions and prepare new measures, draft conclusions for an EU foreign ministers meeting showed.

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Anti-tank missile fired at Israeli military vehicle on Lebanon frontier: army

JERUSALEM - An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanon border on Wednesday, wounding four soldiers, a military source said.

Indonesian president's advisers urge him to drop police chief pick

JAKARTA - A team of advisers appointed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged him on Wednesday to withdraw his nomination for national police chief after the anti-graft agency declared the candidate a suspect in a bribery case.

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Bulgaria says six nationals working for U.N. taken captive by rebels in Sudan

- A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme captive after their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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Obama, Merkel want Russia held accountable for violence in Ukraine

BERLIN - U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their concern about Russia's role in rising violence in eastern Ukraine in a phone call late on Tuesday and agreed on the need for funds to stabilise the Ukrainian economy.

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