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Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. | Video

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French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash-investigators

JAKARTA - The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just prior to the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator said on Thursday.

Indonesia 1:56am EST

Ambulance attacks open wound of Roma relations in Bulgaria

VRACHESH, Bulgaria - When Bulgarian doctor Irena Marinova arrived in an ambulance at the home of a pregnant Roma woman in November, she says she was beaten up by two men who accused her of being late.

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In France's suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France - Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country's secular tradition. In the "cit├ęs", housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect.

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Hostage in Sydney siege 'killed by police bullet ricochet'

SYDNEY - One of the hostages held during a siege at an Australian cafe last month was killed by a ricochet of at least one police bullet that also injured three other hostages, an inquest into the deaths was told on Thursday.

Australia 28 Jan 2015

North Korea 'demanded $10 billion in cash and food' for summit with South

SEOUL - North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, adding that he refused to pay anything for holding talks.

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