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Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN - Jordan offered on Wednesday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. | Video

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Amnesty calls for U.N. sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya

TRIPOLI - Rights group Amnesty International called on Wednesday for targeted U.N. sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.

United Nations, Libya 10:46am EST

France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site

PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

France, Syria, Iraq 10:27am EST

Afghan president faces new hurdles as cabinet nominees rejected

KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament dealt a new blow to President Ashraf Ghani's efforts to assemble a government on Wednesday, approving just eight out of 25 cabinet nominees before its winter recess.

Afghanistan 9:32am EST

Exclusive: EU draft would extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine escalation

BRUSSELS - The EU has prepared a draft statement for the foreign ministers of its 28 members to agree to extend sanctions against Russia by six months, add new people to the sanctions list and prepare new measures.

Russia 11:04am EST

Bahrain's most senior opposition leader goes on trial

MANAMA - Bahrain's top opposition leader went on trial on Wednesday on charges of promoting the violent overthrow of the political system, a case that has riled his followers and inflamed unrest in the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab state.

Bahrain, Davos 9:05am EST

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