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New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

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TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a ca... Full Story

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  • New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis
    New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.

  • As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
    As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary

    ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag — a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.

  • Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
    Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.

  • News Guide: A look at the Islamic State hostage crisis
    News Guide: A look at the Islamic State hostage crisis

    A new message purportedly from Islamic State group militants holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot sets yet another deadline to meet their demands. Here's a look at the latest twists and turns in this crisis.

  • Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
    Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on.

  • Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
    Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.

  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu
    Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest intoa toss-up.

  • Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border
    Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said.

  • Portugal approves Sephardic Jew citizenship plan

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is following Spain and granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago.

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