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Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap
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....

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's government says Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail....

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"...

Egypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers....

Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents....

Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man....

Ukraine: Russia-backed rebels overrun another town in east
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub....

Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime is in custody as police investigate his motives....

Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap....

Former Bulgarian president dies at 79
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president in 1990, died Friday, his family said. He was 79....

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