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Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. | Video

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EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions, delays decision on new steps

BRUSSELS/KIEV - European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. | Video

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Hopes of return muted in devastated Syrian Kurdish town

KOBANI, Syria - Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon.

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Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks: media

TORONTO - Canada's main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation to be unveiled on Friday, Canadian media said on Thursday.

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Thai vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

BAN BANG YAI, Thailand - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.

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China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

SHANGHAI - Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

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