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Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

AMMAN/TOKYO - Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset. | Video

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Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is worsening

OTTAWA - The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom's clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment.

2:55pm EST

Argentine investigator into Jewish center bombing buried

BUENOS AIRES - The Argentine prosecutor who died under mysterious circumstances the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president regarding an investigation into a 1994 bombing was buried on Thursday amid calls for justice.

2:41pm EST

Saudi king reshuffles cabinet but keeps oil, finance posts

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman ordered a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday but kept in place veteran Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

Saudi Arabia 2:49pm EST

Six dead, Egyptian state newspaper office destroyed in Sinai attack: state media

CAIRO - Six people were killed and 30 wounded in an attack on military buildings in the capital of Egypt's restive North Sinai province, medical and security sources said.

Egypt 2:59pm EST

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans 'promising' but no progress

ANKARA - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear program were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.

France, Germany 2:51pm EST

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