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Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will ret... Full Story

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  • Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot
    Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

  • Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani
    Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani

    BEIRUT (AP) — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.

  • Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
    Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis

    BEIRUT (AP) — In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.

  • US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil
    US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.

  • Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations
    Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.

  • Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
    Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of aJewish center.

  • Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence
    Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence

    CAIRO (AP) — In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak's two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly heavy-handed police force.

  • Colombians celebrate Miss Universe title
    Colombians celebrate Miss Universe title

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets on Monday to show their hometown pride after local beauty queen Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.

  • Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in
    Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister.

  • Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban
    Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

    HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

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