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Japanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis:... 2/1/2015 9:14 AM

Family of Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State demands word
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Worried relatives of a Jordanian fighter pilot asked their government Sunday to be more open about negotiations for his release, after a second Islamic State group hostage was shown beheaded in a video purportedly from the militants.... 2/1/2015 9:12 AM

UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations mission to Iraq says violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.... 2/1/2015 9:08 AM

Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter
TOKYO (AP) -- Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.... 2/1/2015 9:08 AM

Emirati sisters attacked by London intruder return home
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the Gulf nation dispatched a medical plane to bring three sisters home nearly 10 months after they were attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder in their luxury London hotel room.... 2/1/2015 8:40 AM

African leaders to court: Drop cases against top Africans
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.... 2/1/2015 8:00 AM

Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been reminded in brutal fashion that the world is a dangerous place.... 2/1/2015 7:59 AM

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
TOKYO (AP) -- Appalled and saddened by news Sunday of journalist Kenji Goto's beheading, apparently by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions, but vowed not to give in to terrorism.... 2/1/2015 7:40 AM

African leaders to court: Drop case against Sudan's leader
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have called for the suspension or termination of charges at the International Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto.... 2/1/2015 7:14 AM

Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.... 2/1/2015 3:30 AM

Chile's president pushes to ease ban on all abortions
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- President Michelle Bachelet sent legislation to Congress on Saturday proposing to allow some abortions in Chile, a socially conservative South American nation that is among the few countries in the world that ban abortion in all circumstances.... 2/1/2015 12:52 AM

Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.... 1/31/2015 11:55 PM

Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese government spokesman expressed "extreme indignation' Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto.... 1/31/2015 9:40 PM

Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.... 1/31/2015 9:34 PM

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.... 1/31/2015 9:30 PM

Vatican investigates 2 cases of child porn possession
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, officials said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 9:03 PM

AP NewsAlert
CAIRO (AP) -- Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.... 1/31/2015 8:22 PM

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
LONDON (AP) -- The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.... 1/31/2015 7:47 PM

Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 7:41 PM

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.... 1/31/2015 7:37 PM



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