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Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages
BEIRUT (AP) -- An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."...

Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."...

Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 5 foreigners, 3 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, officials said....

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah....

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- Some 300 Holocaust survivors gathered with world leaders Tuesday under an enormous tent over the gate and railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau....

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- A long-awaited inquiry into the death of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once - as authorities initially thought - but twice....

UN: 2 killed, 6 hurt in northern Mali protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A demonstration outside a U.N. base in northern Mali descended into violence Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and six wounded, according to a U.N. official....

Yemen's Shiite rebels release abducted aide of president
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Shiite rebels said Tuesday they have released a presidential aide whose abduction 10 days ago set in motion a violent escalation that led to the resignation of the president and the government in the face of a widening rebel power grab....

What the credit downgrade to 'junk' means for Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power....

Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said Tuesday....

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Africa
2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement

Asia
Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages

Europe
Romania's spy chief who backed security laws resigns

Latin America/Caribbean
Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

Middle East
UN agency halts aid to Gaza war victims over lack of funds