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Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed....

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists
PARIS (AP) -- It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength....

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique....

Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut....

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation....

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
BANGKOK (AP) -- When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."...

Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced a new anti-terror law Friday that will make it a crime for people to call for a terrorist attack, even if they don't make a specific threat....

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants....

Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It was the sort of scene that plays out thousands of times a day across Mexico City: A tanker truck laden with propane rumbled down a crowded street, pulled up at a hospital and began to pump gas into its storage tanks....

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....

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Africa
Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

Asia
Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US

Europe
Thousands protest right-wingers at Vienna ball, 38 detained

Latin America/Caribbean
Test of gun finds only DNA of deceased Argentine prosecutor

Middle East
IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique


 

 

 



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