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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. | Video

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Explosion near Damascus market kills at least four

BEIRUT - A explosion in central Damascus killed at least four people and wounded several others, Syria's state news agency and a monitoring group said on Sunday, while a social media account linked to al Qaeda's Nusra Front said the group was behind the attack.

7:35am EST

Greek turmoil an unexpected boon for German AfD eurosceptics

BREMEN, Germany - The new Greek government's anti-bailout stance has sent shudders through much of Europe but Germany's euroskeptic AfD party can hardly believe its good fortune ahead of a regional election as a breakup of the euro zone suddenly appears possible.

Germany, Greece 7:58am EST

At least 1,375 Iraqis killed in January, most of them civilians: U.N.

BAGHDAD - Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations said on Sunday.

United Nations 4:18am EST

Greece promises to boost minimum wage as debt talks loom

ATHENS - Greece's leftist government outlined plans to lift the minimum wage on Sunday, continuing a roll-back of the austerity terms of its international bailout and underlining the balancing act it faces to persuade a skeptical Europe to agree a new debt accord.

Greece 7:43am EST

Syria aims to 'flush out all terrorists' in 2015: PM

BEIRUT - Syria's prime minister said on Sunday the country wanted to drive all insurgents out of its territory in 2015 and was prepared to back any attempts to fight global militancy.

Syria 6:25am EST

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