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Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) – 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.








Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:59 am

U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States would welcome a move by Japan to extend air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing Beijing’s territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:17 am

Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border.








Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:02 am

French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash-investigators

JAKARTA (Reuters) – 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.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:56 am

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi’ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.








Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:36 am

In France’s suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) – 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 “cités”, housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:19 am

Ambulance attacks open wound of Roma relations in Bulgaria

VRACHESH, Bulgaria (Reuters) – 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.








Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:04 am

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

SEOUL (Reuters) – 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.








Posted on 29 January 2015 | 5:53 am

Hostage in Sydney siege ‘killed by police bullet ricochet’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – 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.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 2:59 am

Exclusive: New Iran U.N. envoy appointee expected to get U.S. visa – sources

UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran’s newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran’s tense relations with Washington.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 1:25 am

North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor: U.S. think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a U.S. security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 12:44 am

Rohingya refugees say traffickers in Malaysia abuse and kill

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia (Reuters) – Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found.


Posted on 29 January 2015 | 12:09 am

Snowden files show Canada spy agency runs global Internet watch: CBC

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:55 pm

Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator feared for his family’s life.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:50 pm

Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says

HAVANA (Reuters) – Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:44 pm

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:42 pm

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:14 pm

Syria says approves U.N. $2.9 billion humanitarian aid plan for 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria said on Wednesday it has approved a United Nations plan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people in the war-torn country this year, but warned the only way to the end the crisis was to help Damascus fight terrorism.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:02 pm

Israel says Turkish criticism inappropriate at Holocaust memorial service

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Israel on Wednesday accused a senior Turkish official of “misusing” a Holocaust commemoration to criticize Israeli policy, the latest exchange in a bitter row between the former allies.


Posted on 28 January 2015 | 11:01 pm

Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble

ATHENS (Reuters) – Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets.








Posted on 28 January 2015 | 10:44 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on November 3, 2011The International Cricket Council on Thursday gave permission for banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer to return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, relaxing his ban for spot-fixing. Aamer was one of three Pakistani players handed bans of at least five years for arranging no-balls to order in a Test against England at Lord's in 2010. The 22-year-old's ban was due to expire on September 2, but the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) used discretionary powers to allow him to return to Pakistani domestic games early. "The ACSU Chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), has exercised his discretion to allow Aamer to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the PCB with immediate effect," the ICC said in a statement.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 8:04 am

Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt is predicting next year’s Australian Open will likely be his last and, after he retires, he’ll take over the country’s Davis Cup captaincy.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Volatile markets push up earnings at Deutsche Bank

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank rebounded to make a surprise fourth-quarter profit of 441 million euros ($498 million) as it saw lower charges for settling accusations of wrongdoing.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:57 am

Australian Open at a glance

Venus Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Camila Giorgi of Italy in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Thursday:

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:53 am

Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration in AmmanBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) – 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. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that chances were high it was Goto's voice in the recording. "I am Kenji Goto.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:51 am

What to watch at Aussie Open Friday: No 1 vs defending champ

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Milos Raonic of Canada in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will play each other at the Australian Open. Based on the previous two outcomes, expect it to last for a while.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:51 am

Royal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net income

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company by market value, says fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million in results that will set the tone for other energy giants as they roll out their earnings.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:46 am

Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country’s war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:46 am

ICC allows Amir to compete in domestic cricket

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir can make a return to domestic cricket immediately after the International Cricket Council eased his five-year fixing ban which will end in September.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:45 am

Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. The message, read by a voice claiming to be Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, was released online after Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group, desperately seeking to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with Goto.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:32 am

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Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap – Reuters


Reuters

Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
Reuters
AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) – 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 …
Report: ISIL sets new deadline for prisoner swapUSA TODAY
Isil 'tells Jordan': our prisoner by sunset or pilot diesTelegraph.co.uk
Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisisMiamiHerald.com
Boston Globe -Times of India
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:52 am

Indian media: Top diplomat ‘sacked’ – BBC News


BBC News

Indian media: Top diplomat 'sacked'
BBC News
Media in India highlight the government's "surprising" decision to remove foreign secretary Sujatha Singh from her post. Ms Singh was appointed as India's top foreign service diplomat in August 2013. India's ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar, has now …
India Replaces Top DiplomatVoice of America
PM fires top diplomat, tightens grip over policyReuters
Balancing US, China: Why Modi chose S Jaishankar as new Foreign SecretaryFirstpost
NDTV -Business Today -Financial Express
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:28 am

Hezbollah not interested in escalation, UN tells Israel – Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Hezbollah not interested in escalation, UN tells Israel
Jerusalem Post Israel News
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon says Israel received a message — via UNIFIL — that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation. unifil lebanon. UNIFIL members beside a banner for Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in south Lebanon .
World urges restraint after Hezbollah revengeThe Daily Star
For both Israel and Hezbollah, calm works for nowYnetnews
Hezbollah will pay 'full price' – BibiiAfrica.com
Reuters Canada -News24 -The Express Tribune
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:25 am

Investigator: Co-pilot flew AirAsia Flight QZ8501 – CNN International


USA TODAY

Investigator: Co-pilot flew AirAsia Flight QZ8501
CNN International
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) When AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed, the co-pilot was flying the plane. The pilot was monitoring the flight. And things may have gone wrong in a span of just three minutes and 20 seconds. That's the assessment of Indonesia's …
AirAsia Co-Pilot Was at Helm Before CrashWall Street Journal
French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash – investigatorsReuters
First Officer, Not Captain, Was Flying AirAsia Jet at Time of CrashNBCNews.com
Bloomberg -NDTV -Independent Online
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:21 am

North Korea might be restarting nuke plant, US institute says – Fox News


Fox News

North Korea might be restarting nuke plant, US institute says
Fox News
Jan. 2, 2015: U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies shows an annotated satellite photo indicating signs of new activity at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor at North Korea's Nyongbyon Nuclear Scientific …
N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leaderCharlotte Observer
Report: N. Korea may be restarting nuke plantUSA TODAY

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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:19 am

Martin Place siege inquest pulls back the veil on what happened – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

Martin Place siege inquest pulls back the veil on what happened
Sydney Morning Herald
Man Haron Monis's presence alongside the office workers, school kids and tourists in Martin Place on the morning of December 15 would barely have raised an eye-brow. As the city rushed around him, the 50-year-old calmly walked into the clean, colourful …
Sydney siege victim killed by police bullets, inquest hearsCNN
Hostage in Sydney siege 'killed by police bullet ricochet'Telegraph.co.uk
Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim: inquestDaily Mail
New York Times -RTE.ie
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:16 am

As Iraqi Kurds Gain Ground From IS, Local Sunnis Are Wary – ABC News


U.S. News & World Report

As Iraqi Kurds Gain Ground From IS, Local Sunnis Are Wary
ABC News
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 …
ISIS threatens to behead Obama and 'transform America into Muslim province'Times of India
Islamic State releases new video; threatens to behead Obama, make US Muslim Oneindia
Islamic State threatens to behead Barack Obama, transform America into a Bharat Press
Deccan Herald -The Swazi Observer
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:06 am

Raul Castro demands the US return Guantanamo Bay before ties restored – The Week Magazine


Wall Street Journal

Raul Castro demands the US return Guantanamo Bay before ties restored
The Week Magazine
Well, this could complicate the U.S.-Cuban diplomatic thaw: On Wednesday, Cuban President Raúl Castro publicly issued some new demands before the two countries normalize bilateral relations. Among them: Ending the U.S. trade embargo, agreeing to …
Cuba President Raul Castro demands US hands back Guantanamo BaySydney Morning Herald
Cuban president wants Guantanamo Bay backCBS News
US Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba, Raúl Castro SaysWall Street Journal
Business Standard -New York Times
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:28 am

‘I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft’, Amal Clooney’s quick-witted response to … – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

'I'm wearing Ede & Ravenscroft', Amal Clooney's quick-witted response to
Sydney Morning Herald
Amal Clooney; she's got class, style, pizzazz and a sense of humour. Appearing in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Clooney was asked about recent "fashion speculation" and although the question is one you would expect on the red …
Amal Clooney dodges fashion question at courtAl-Arabiya
Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin stands tall without George ClooneyToronto Star
Amal Clooney Gives the Best Response About Her Workwear StyleHollywood Reporter
Huffington Post -U-T San Diego
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:21 am

Indonesia Urges Citizens To Leave Libya – Bernama


Washington Post

Indonesia Urges Citizens To Leave Libya
Bernama
JAKARTA, Jan 29 (Bernama) — The Indonesian embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli has advised Indonesians to leave the country following deteriorating political situation there. The embassy will make arrangements for the evacuation of Indonesians keen to …
Tug-of-war among Islamists behind Libya hotel attack: expertsAsiaOne
Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic StateMiamiHerald.com
Extreme reach: Islamic militants spread a plague of violencePittsburgh Post Gazette
Washington Post -gulfnews.com
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 5:56 am