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Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a ... Full Story

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  • Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot
    Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage.

  • Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
    Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war.

  • North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

  • Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home
    Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage.

  • Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever
    Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

    LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.

  • Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group's reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent f coordination with leaders in Syria and Iraq.

  • Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians
    Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians

    ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.

  • Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.

  • Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp
    Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.

  • Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

    PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.

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